Are You Properly Registered To Vote? Hundreds Of Artists Contribute To HeadCount, Educating Citizens On Voter Registration
Tuesday, September 25 has been designated Voter Registration Day. Before you write this off as yet another "day of some random significance" to ignore--take a moment to consider. Do you know for sure if you are properly registered to vote this election year?
If this seems like a strange question, it really isn't, for many people. Here's some eye-opening stats: A recent survey conducted by non-partisan voter registration organization HeadCount found that young voters who first cast a Presidential ballot in 2008 could be in for a surprise when they head to the polls this year.
Seven out of 10 of these voters had moved in the last four years, and 43 percent of those potential voters haven't updated their voter registration since. More than half weren't sure if they were registered to vote at their current address, nearly half are unsure of the ID requirements to vote in their state, and a whopping 62% have either not updated their voter registration or aren't certain if they have. That means that an awful lot of people this year may be having trouble at the polls.
There's absolutely no partisan slant, just a simplified process provided for any citizen who may be confused about voting this year. Just visit, click "Register to Vote," follow the steps, and that's it.
Grateful Dead and Furthur icon Bob Weir sits on the HeadCount board, and holds up his own sign to contribute to the cause. "Headcount's an outfit that specializes, among other things, in registering voters," he explains. "But it's staffed by people who are music junkies, and they go to concerts, and it's geared to people who are into music--which is basically a younger crowd."
He encourages everyone to visit HeadCount's site or Facebook page to follow the simple process. "You CAN register to vote here, so get busy and do it, it doesn't take much at all. It's real easy to do."