National League of Women Voters Prez at Center High to Help Register Voters Sept. 24

League of Women Voters Registering Center High School Students National Voter Registration Day is September 25

Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 18, 2012—The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of the U.S. (LWV) is sponsoring a national program called Power the Vote to register citizens for the fall general election Nov. 6. In support of the get-out-the-vote efforts, Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the national organization, is making an 11-state swing through the U.S., including a stop in Kansas City. She will participate in a League of Women Voters September 24 voter registration drive held at Center High School from 11:45 to 12:45. The last day to register to vote in Missouri is Oct. 10. The LWV national voter registration program is a response to the civic organization’s concern about free, fair and accessible elections. Trained by the Kansas City Election Board, volunteers from the local League of Women Voters, which serves Clay, Jackson and Platte Counties, will be registering voters at various locations before the election. Local libraries also can register voters and in Jackson County, voters can register at the Election Board, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City. In addition to registering new voters, the League’s VOTE411.org will give voters information about candidates, election laws and where to vote. The VOTE411 site for Kansas City will be in place around the first of October.
According to U.S. Census data, nonpartisan groups like the League are responsible for registering large numbers of voters who otherwise would have been left out of the voting process, particularly young people, new citizens and Americans without college degrees. Nationwide, League volunteers are hosting hundreds of registration events and bringing tens of thousands of new voters onto the rolls.
Women were finally granted the right to vote with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson in 1920. The League of Women Voters was formed by the women who had worked tirelessly since the 1860s, from lobbying to picketing the White House to gain the vote. Today the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy thorough education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women of all ages. With 800 affiliates across the county, the League is one of the nation’s most trusted civic organizations.

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