League of Women Voters, National Urban League and Other Non-Profits Proclaim National...

League of Women Voters, National Urban League and Other Non-Profits Proclaim National Voter Registration Week



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Spartanburg, SC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–September 7, 2004–The League of Women Voters, the National Urban League, and five other non-profit civic-minded organizations have declared September 12-18, 2004, National Voter Registration Week.

“Despite efforts to engage more citizens in the process of democracy, feelings of frustration and powerlessness create a psychological disconnect to voting for many Americans,” said National Urban League president Mark Morial. “We hope National Voter Registration Week will help tear down those barriers and bring record numbers of new voters to the polls in November.”

League of Women Voters President Kay J. Maxwell adds that, while voter education on the issues and candidates remains critical, an understanding of the electoral process is essential to increasing registration numbers. “We have to make sure that people are comfortable with the voting process,” said Maxwell. “All citizens must let their voices be heard through their vote – since each citizen is affected by the decisions of elected officials.”

National Voter Registration Week marks the last week of Register in Advance, a nationwide, non-partisan voter registration effort sponsored by Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc. and the seven non-profit organizations, during which voter registration forms and instructions are available at over 2,200 Advance America locations nationwide.

In addition to the League of Women Voters and the National Urban League, Register in Advance partners include the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, People for the American Way Foundation and the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project.

The first Register in Advance campaign in 2002 registered 50,000 new voters and this year’s effort seeks to exceed that number. Since it began in mid-July, the campaign has already distributed 19,863 voter registration forms nationwide. Register in Advance is distributing red, white and blue ribbon lapel pins, symbolizing that the wearer is a registered voter, to news media and citizens who have registered to vote. The pins are an effort to raise awareness of the importance of voting and to remind people to register.

The campaign is also running a special program for school-age children, “Kids Count Too,” to educate them about the importance of voting and providing them with the opportunity to elect a charity to receive a $10,000 donation from Advance America. Children can cast their ballots at http://www.advanceamerica.net.

About Advance America

Founded in 1997, Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc. is the country’s leading payday advance provider. Advance America offers convenient, less-costly, short-term credit options to consumers whose needs are not met by traditional financial institutions. The company is a founding member of the Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA), whose mission is to promote laws that provide substantive consumer protections and to encourage responsible industry practices.

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League of Women Voters, National Urban League and Other Non-Profits Proclaim National Voter Registration Week