It’s National Voter Registration Day! In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, SurveyMonkey has joined up with Voto Latino to help make sure no one is left out.
SurveyMonkey and Voto Latino issued a survey to find out what people are planning to do this November 6. Of the nearly 600 Americans surveyed using SurveyMonkey Audience, a whopping 89% indicated they are planning to vote, which is higher than the 86% of respondents who reported they did so in 2008. Unsurprisingly, the issue that will be top of mind for most voters this year is the economy (67%).
While a majority of respondents are currently registered to vote (92%), nearly half do not know when their state’s voter registration deadline is (43.8%) and thus cannot help those people who still need to register for the 2012 fall elections. Of those respondents not registered to vote, there are a number of reasons why they have not yet done so, ranging from not thinking their vote will matter (29%) to not knowing how to register (13%). This is why it’s so important that more people get knowledgeable about voter registration in their area.
Respondents had a number of ideas on how to get more of their fellow Americans registered to vote. Many believe that it’s the political system’s fault (33%), as it doesn’t truly reflect American values. However, many believe that by making voter registration easier (23.5%) or providing people more information about voter registration (14.8%) we could increase the number of people in our country who are participating in public elections.
To get more information about the importance of registering to vote, head over to https://nvrd.turbovote.org/register. The site has information about registration events, as well as links to the universally accepted national voter registration card, in case you still need to register to vote in the elections this November. No matter who you’re voting for, or which issues are the most significant to you, what’s important is that we can all use our constitutional right to make our voices heard on November 6 by voting in our elections.