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Mount Saint Mary’s University joins National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 27

Contact:Phillip Jordan
Email: pjordan@msmu.edu

 

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23, 2016 — Mount Saint Mary’s University has once again joined National Voter Registration Day, the largest one-day effort to register voters in the United States. This marks the fourth consecutive year that L.A.’s women’s university has participated in this single day of coordinated efforts to create national awareness of voter registration opportunities.

More than 2,000 organizations across the country will join forces on Sept. 27, 2016, to implement grassroots voter registration programs in an effort to ensure every eligible voter has an opportunity to register and vote in the 2016 election.

At Mount Saint Mary’s, National Voter Registration Day is part of the University’s broader “MSMU Votes” initiative, which seeks to engage all members of the Mount community in the democratic process.On Sept. 27, voter registration drives will take place both at the University’s Chalon Campus in Brentwood and its Doheny Campus near downtown Los Angeles. The drive is sponsored by Women’s Leadership and Student Involvement, and includes student leadership from the Leadership Scholar Program and from each campus’ Student Government Association and Student Activities Councils.

National Voter Registration Day is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of September annually and serves as a reminder to register to vote if you are eligible, and to check your existing registration to ensure it is accurate. The day was founded in 2012 in response to the more than six million Americans who reported that they didn’t vote in the 2012 elections as a result of missing the registration deadline or not knowing how to register. On Aug. 6, 2015, President Obama announced the White House’s official support of National Voter Registration Day, joining with state election officials of the nonpartisan National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) that has championed the holiday since 2012.

National Voter Registration Day is led by a diverse, non-partisan group including the League of Women Voters, Bus Federation, Rock the Vote, Voto Latino, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Fair Elections Legal Network, Nonprofit VOTE, former Elections Administrator in Arizona Tammy Patrick, Secretary of State John Merrill (R-AL) and Secretary of State Steve Simon (D-MN). Also lending their support of the day include Tumblr, MTV, HeadCount, Etsy and Independent Journal Review.

Those who are interested in joining Mount Saint Mary’s National Voter Registration Day initiative can visit the MSMU Votes website, or contact Women’s Leadership & Student Involvement for more information: leadership@msmu.edu or 310.954.4350.

For more details about the National Voter Registration Day movement, visit NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org or follow the #VoterRegistrationDay hashtag on social media.

About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Mount Saint Mary’s is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary’s provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world. msmu.edu

About National Voter Registration Day
National Voter Registration Day is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of every September by thousands of volunteers, celebrities, organizations, businesses and elected officials from all over the country. This single day of coordinated grassroots, digital and media efforts is aimed at creating a pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities — reaching hundreds of thousands of new voters who would not register otherwise. Visit NationalVoterRegistrationDay.orgto learn about events in your area or to use the online tools to learn about getting registered in your state. 

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