League of Women Voters of Florida
EYES OF WORLD ON FLORIDA AS OCTOBER 9 VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE LOOMS
Tallahassee, FL–Florida’s voter registration countdown calendar is flashing more and more urgently, with
just a week until the 5:00 PM, October 9, registration deadline. Now, with voter-registration efforts back in high gear after a months-long delay caused by onerous registration restrictions, along with new allegations of infractions by paid voter-registration workers, media worldwide are staying tuned in to the Sunshine State.
“The eyes of the world are on Florida and our November 6 election,” said League of Women Voters of Florida President Deirdre Macnab. “In the past few weeks we’ve taken calls from Al Jazeera, reporters from Denmark, the Guardian in the United Kingdom, Congressional Quarterly, the New York Times and media across the United States. They’re all watching how we safeguard our democracy and the right of all eligible citizens to vote and make their voices heard.”
She continued, “Our voter-registration volunteers are feeling the pressure, and they’ve stepped up. Across the state, local League members are working overtime, setting up registration tables at sites ranging from farmers’ markets to houses of worship–anywhere potential voters gather. We know that thousands of unregistered voters are still out there–and the push is on to get them on the voter rolls.”
In addition to face-to-face efforts, the League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund has a complete toolkit to support its voter registration and voter education campaign, including a Voter Assistance Hotline, 1-855-FL-VOTER (1-855-358-6837), a one-stop website, BeReadytoVote.org, a mobile site complete with countdown calendar, and the League’s nonpartisan 2012 Election and Voter Guide, available in print in English and Spanish at public libraries and through local Leagues and other organizations in all 67 counties and online at BeReadytoVote.org.
The League of Women Voters of Florida, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, please visit the League’s website at: www.TheFloridaVoter.org.Tweet