Monday, August 3, 2015

Celebrate Your Right to Vote

Fifty years ago on Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, permanently prohibiting any discriminatory election practices. It is this law that made voting equal to all American citizens, regardless of race.

"The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man...all Americans must have the right to vote, and we are going to give them that right." - President Lyndon B. Johnson

Your vote counts! Drop in to Rio Salado to pick up your free Constitution pocketbook, containing everything you need to know about your rights and your duty to vote.

Voter Resources

Rock the Vote: Rock the Vote is the largest non-profit, non-partisan and privately funded organization in the U.S. that uses pop culture, art, music and technology to drive millennials to voting booths.

VoteSmart.org: Project VoteSmart is a nonpartisan, privately funded organization “working hard to strengthen the most component of democracy – access to information."

Maricopa County Recorder: The recorder’s office will have information about upcoming elections deadlines as well as links for people to register to vote, including sign-up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL).

Arizona Republic/AZCentral: The My Ballot guide on azcentral gives voters a place to peruse information specific to their locality by providing their zip code.

iSideWith: For those who are undecided, and need help cutting through the noise and hype to the heart of the issues, iSideWith provides an inventory of multiple questions related to political typology and public policy issues, and returns a report of which candidates and parties one “sides with."

Center For Civic Participation: If you require assistance with your voter registration/education drives in the form of materials or trainings, simply put in a request for service.

National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 22.

Want to get more involved? Check out Rio Salado's Student Life and Leadership groups for more engagement opportunities. Read more.