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National Voter Registration Day is a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters. Partner organizations across the country publicize this non-partisan, unofficial holiday, and offer voter registration opportunities in their communities.
In 2002, the National Association for Secretaries of State (NASS) established September as National Voter Registration Month to encourage voter participation and increase awareness ahead of November elections. National Voter Registration Day was designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. Held on the fourth Tuesday of each September, it was first observed in 2012, and has been growing in popularity ever since. National Voter Registration Day has been endorsed by the National Association of Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center) as well as by NASS.
This year, both Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and Linn County Auditor Joel Miller are encouraging all eligible residents to participate in National Voter Registration Month by registering to vote for the first time, or by making sure their current registration is up to date.
“Voting for the city and school elections begins in just a few weeks and the Iowa Caucuses are on the horizon, so now is a great time to make sure you’re registered to vote, and your information is current,” Secretary Pate said. “We are one of the top states in the nation for voter registration and voter participation. My goal is for us to be number one.”
Auditor Miller encourages local voters: “It is local government that most directly impacts our daily lives. Why not register to vote now, so you can easily cast your ballot and make a difference in electing your school board and city council members on November 5?”
Iowans may check to see if they are registered to vote in their current zip code by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at: sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/regtovote/search.aspx
Linn County and other Iowa residents may register to vote or update their registration by:
For more information, visit: www.linncounty.org/839/How-to-Register-to-Vote or call the Linn County Election Services at: 319-892-5300 x 1.