National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), taking place on Tuesday, September 25 this year, is one of the Auditor's Elections team's favorite activities. Voter registration is the key to participating in our democracy and on NVRD we get to partner with terrific organizations and schools to register as many voters as possible. It doesn't get much better than that!
This year we have a lot of fun activities planned, including the second annual Auditor's Challenge, where local high schools and colleges compete against each other to register the largest percentage of their student body. The winning schools receive a traveling trophy from our office. We'll also be hosting voter registration drives throughout Thurston County.
We've had a lot of success on NVRD with the help of so many great partners in the community. In the last three years, we've registered 1,944 new voters during the week of NVRD. This year we hope to add to that total with your help.
Below you'll find information about participating in NVRD and hosting a voter registration drive. We hope you'll join us next week in celebrating one of our favorite days of the year!
What You Need to Host an Awesome Voter Registration Drive!
National Voter Registration Day, founded in 2012, is a nationwide effort by community organizations, public agencies, schools, and individuals, aimed at registering citizens to vote! Since 2012, over 750,000 people have registered to vote through NVRD efforts.
Thurston County Elections is teaming up with schools across the county, local businesses, and nonpartisan nonprofits to spread the word and to get citizens registered! Click here for a comprehensive list of everything you need to know to host your own Registration Drive.
Want to have the best registration drive ever? Make sure to have these items at your table.
Voter registration forms
You may pick these up at the Thurston County Auditor's Office, or from the Office of the Secretary of State. You may also help people register online at MyVote.wa.gov.
Grab a handful of pens (or swing by the Elections Office and grab some to give out to new voters) and get registering! A clipboard (or five) may also be handy, so people can fill out the forms freely and not take up table space at your event.
Everyone loves free stuff. Thankfully, the Elections Division has you covered! Come pick up a bag of giveaway items, like buttons, pens, rulers, bookmarks or coasters. We even have coloring books for the younger future voters!
Getting them registered is only half of it! Informing your newly registered voters of important dates and deadlines is critical to keep them active and engaged in the process! You may design your own, or download this Election at a Glance handout, which has valuable information about voting in the 2018 General Election.
Have questions? Please refer to our Registration Drive Brochure or give us a call at 360.786.5408