By Katie Messer
Information obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that three out of ten adults across the nation who are eligible to vote are not registered. Good news—there is an easy remedy for that!
Secretary of State Tre Hargett is calling on people across Tennessee to help celebrate National Voter Registration Month, and is asking them to register to vote, if they have not done so already. He is also encouraging everyone to encourage their neighbors, friends, and family to register to vote, as well.
“Voting is a fundamental right that many of our ancestors, friends and neighbors have fought and died to preserve,” Secretary Hargett said. “We should never take that right for granted. It is free and easy to register to vote, and I encourage Tennesseans to be active participants in our electoral process. For people who are already registered to vote, National Voter Registration Month serves as a reminder to make sure their registration information is up to date so there are no issues on Election Day.”
Also, as part of the month long celebration, Secretary Hargett is urging voters to join a nation-wide social media campaign using the hashtag #GoVoteTN.
People can also participate by logging onto www.GoVoteTN.com then clicking on the “I’m Registered to Vote. Are You?” icon. There, they can get more information on how to register to vote and get access to a printable version of the icon sign. Registered voters are asked to pose for photos holding the signs and post them to social media with said hashtag. Many photos will be shared on the Secretary of State’s social media sites. People are encouraged to share these on their personal social media accounts, as well.
Last year, during the initial campaign in Tennessee, it generated more than 15 million impressions on social media.
“When we launched the campaign last year, we had great participation from many celebrities, singers, athletes, political leaders and people from all walks of life,” Secretary Hargett said. “We expect Tennesseans will respond in a similar way to this year’s campaign.”
September 23 is now declared as National Voter Registration Day, thanks to Secretary Hargett and other secretaries across the country. This day is intended to highlight the importance of registering to vote.
Eligible Tennessee residents have until Oct. 6 to register if they wish to vote in the Nov. 4 election.
To get more information on how to register or to update your registration information, please visit www.GoVoteTN.com or contact your country election commission.