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Secretaries of State Declare September 2015 National Voter Registration Month

For Immediate Release
September 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC -The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is reminding citizens that September is National Voter Registration Month.

NASS President Tom Schedler of Louisiana is urging his fellow Secretaries of State and other chief state election officials to promote state "tools and rules" for voter registration.

"Each September, we ask eligible citizens to help celebrate democracy and make voting part of our back-to-school and back-to-business routines," said Schedler. "Thanks to state adoption of new and improved technologies, registering to vote has never been faster, easier or more convenient for people with busy lives."

The nation's Secretaries of State established September as National Voter Registration Month in 2002, to encourage voter participation and increase awareness of state requirements and deadlines for voting. As part of the effort, NASS members will also recognize September 22 as National Voter Registration Day. 

According to a survey by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, many state voter registration rates continued to climb in 2014. However, National Voter Registration Month presents an opportunity to reach the nearly one out of every seven American citizens of voting age (18 years or older) who are eligible but not yet registered to vote.

2015 also marks the first time that well over half of the eligible voting population in the U.S. can register to vote via the Internet. Twenty-three states currently offer online voter registration, with Pennsylvania being the most recent to launch an online system. Nebraska has announced plans to begin offering online voter registration later this month.

Do your part to celebrate National Voter Registration Month: 

Get registered to vote. Eligible citizens who are 18 years of age or older may register to vote. Every state except North Dakota has a registration requirement for voting.

Check your voter registration information. Updating voter registration information is critical for people who have recently moved, changed their name or had their voting rights restored. Most states allow eligible voters to verify their registration status online.  

Sign up for election alerts and reminders. Be sure to sign up for election alerts and reminders from your state or local election officials.

Many states offer mobile-optimized websites that are compatible with mobile device and tablet use. A smartphone app to access voter registration information and tools is available in the following states:  Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.  

To learn more about National Voter Registration Month and resources in your state, including information that may be offered for those looking to host a voter registration drive, visit this link.

You can also find out more about how to register to vote in your state using our non-partisan voting assistance website for DC and all 50 states: www.CanIVote.org.

For information on National Voter Registration Day and becoming a partner, check out: www.NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon serve as NASS representatives to the National Voter Registration Day Steering Committee. 

About NASS

Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Membership is open to the 50 states and all U.S. territories. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services and digital archiving, as well as several well-established awards programs. NASS also offers two membership sections for state government professionals: Administrative Codes & Registers (ACR) and Notary Public Administrators (NPA).

NASS has two standing committees that deal with election issues:

The NASS Elections Committee is co-chaired by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. The committee is dedicated to educating and informing members about state election administration practices and laws, as well as tracking proposed federal legislation and the activities of other federal government entities. 

The NASS Voter Participation Committee is co-chaired by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. The committee is devoted to identifying state strategies for increasing or enhancing practices on voter education and outreach, as well as serving as a clearinghouse for information on voter participation and civics outreach programs.

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Media Contact 

Kay Stimson 202.624.3528, or nass@sso.org