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National Voter Registration Day

The Y has a long, proud history of promoting civic engagement. It is an essential part of our cause to strengthen communities. Registering to vote is an important first step in civic engagement and a meaningful way for people to connect to their communities. Voting is associated with a host of positive benefits for both community members and nonprofit organizations like the Y. According to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, voters are more likely to volunteer, contact their elected officials, and stay informed about local affairs. Voting also helps strengthen social ties and improves health.

Nonprofits like the Y reach people who are typically underrepresented in the political process— young people, lower-income individuals, and ethnic and racial minorities—who historically participate at lower rates. The 2019 elections present an opportunity for the Y to empower the people we serve, give them a voice on issues that matter to them, and connect them to others in their communities across the nation—in nonpartisan ways.

National Voter Registration Day, held the fourth Tuesday of each year since 2012, seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach hundreds of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise. This year, the event will be on Tuesday, September 24th. The YMCA of Central Ohio is proud to participate in this initiative, with volunteers stationed at each branch to help get new voters registered. Not registered to vote? Join us at a branch below and we'll get you set up and ready to Rock the Vote. 

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