Cranston Public Library celebrates National Voter Registration Day

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Cranston Public Library has joined National Voter Registration Day, the largest one-day effort to register voters in the U.S. Between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, the public is invited to the Central Library in Cranston to participate in the celebration.

Residents will be able to complete their voter registration forms, receive assistance in exploring Rhode Island’s Online Voter Registration Portal, and have the opportunity to explore the State’s new voting machines with representatives from the Secretary of State’s Office.

National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) was founded in 2012 in response to over six million Americans reporting that they didn’t vote as a result of missing the registration deadline or not knowing how to register. On Aug. 6, 2015, President Obama announced the White House’s official support of NVRD, joining with state election officials of the nonpartisan National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) that has been championing the holiday since 2012.

More than 2,000 organizations across the country will join forces on Sept. 27 to implement grassroots voter registration programs in an effort to ensure every eligible voter has an opportunity to register and vote in the 2016 election.

This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of September annually and serves as a reminder to register to vote if you are eligible, and to check your existing registration to ensure it is accurate.

NVRD is led by a diverse, non-partisan group including MTV, the League of Women Voters, Bus Federation, Rock the Vote, Voto Latino, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Fair Elections Legal Network, Nonprofit VOTE, former Elections Administrator in Arizona Tammy Patrick, Secretary of State John Merrill (R- AL), and Secretary of State Steve Simon (D -MN). Also lending their support of the day is Tumblr, MTV, HeadCount, Etsy, and Independent Journal Review.

“MTV has a long history of empowering young people to make their voices heard in the political process,” said Ronnie Cho, vice president and head of MTV Public Affairs. “For the first time, Millennials will make up the largest voting block in a presidential election and are poised to make an impact on the issues they care about most. In an election year with so much at stake for America’s youth, we are proud to be a partner in National Voter Registration Day and continue our decades long commitment to using MTV's superpowers for good.”

“This election determines our future, and every eligible American deserves a seat at the table,” said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. “League volunteers will be on the ground on September 27 to help voters get registered and ready for Election Day. No matter who you are, or what issues you care about most, National Voter Registration Day is for you.”

More information about National Voter Registration Day movement is available at NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org and by following the #VoterRegistrationDay hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

The Rhode Island deadline for registering to vote in the 2016 General Election is Sunday, Oct. 9.

Cranston Public Library’s Central Library is located at 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston. More information about the library is available at cranstonlibrary.org.

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