The fourth Tuesday of September every year since 2012 marks the national holiday in which multi-generations celebrate democracy in our great nation. Since its inception, millions of Americans who do not get a chance to vote due to missing deadline, update their registration or simply don’t know how to register, are given the opportunity to do so. It is estimated that a total of 51 million Americans did not get to vote during the last elections. This accounts to 15% of the total population which does not participate in the voting which is an incredible downfall.
On this day, volunteers and organizations from all over the country will hit the streets, schools, public places, and events to register as many people as they can. To accomplish this, a coordinated approach along with technology and media efforts is in play and the ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the significance of voting and how every vote counts.
Moreover, due to the emergence of biometrics and other technological developments, potential voters can now register online as well. Text blasts are also used by local businesses to engage with their employees regarding this holiday and its importance. Since 2012, tens of thousands of voters have registered to vote online and ofﬂine in a single day every year.
In 2016 over 750,000 voters used National Voter Registration Day to register to vote across all 50 states. Since 2012, there has been an average increase of 10,000 volunteers from different organizations and communities to help spread the word. Education and awareness has now spread in the 50 states and thanks to SMS technology, patriotic reminders and notifications have spread the word to over 65 percent of people who don’t have access to the internet or do not use social media. The biggest accomplishment of this day is civic unity and demonstration of democracy. It is the very vision on which our great nation was built.
Voting is the right of every citizen. So let’s get started.