As a democratic nation, we often take our ability to vote for granted. With the presidential campaign under way, the reminders to vote are constant. Despite the annoyance it may sometimes cause, voting is truly important to implementing change in our nation. In 2008, six million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.* Many citizens still don’t know where to go or how to cast their ballot. This year, non-profit organizations in New York City aim to make registering to vote easier and more accessible.
If we can impact the number of registered voters this year, we have the ability to strongly represent the interests of the non-profit sector in the upcoming elections. The non-profit sector is directly affected by government and their actions. When the government releases a proposed budget, it is essential that cuts aren’t made to critical human services. Who we elect to represent our nation or community can make the difference! It is our collective responsibility to remind government how important human services are to our communities. If the government decides to make serious cuts, we can lose after school programs, senior centers, homeless shelters, and many other vital resources throughout the community.
If you, your child, a parent, or a neighbor has ever received help from human services, you should let your voice be heard within the community! When you vote, you vote to elect a person who vows to fund and keep human services programs alive. We hope not to have someone in office that chooses to make cuts to our sector; we want our programs restored. Because of this, it is not only important to vote in the presidential election, but State and City elections as well. We are less than 100 days away from the Presidential election. Voters should be registered by October 9th** to cast a vote on November 6th.
Despite the media attention that the presidential election garners, other offices are just as significant. In New York City, the mayor directly impacts policy and how hundreds of human service programs are funded. In these tough economic times, we can’t afford to lose programs like child care, employment programs, and alternatives to incarceration. Without these services we have parents with nowhere to send their children while they are at work, people who need direction on how to find and keep a job, and a juvenile and adult justice system that doesn’t foster change. Your vote can keep these programs alive. Your voice is your vote! Register today!
Act now! Click HERE to access the Voter Registration Form! On this site, there are instructions on how to fill out the Voter Registration Form, find out who is on the ballot, discover if you’re already registered, change your name or address, and everything else you need to know about voting!
On September 25, 2012 there will also be a National Voter Registration Day where people will be helping citizens become registered. Click HERE to learn more about this