National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday

By: - September 19, 2023 5:12 am
Signage at an early voting center

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 23: Signage at an early voting center on September 23, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minnesota residents can vote in the general election every day until Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and the League of Women Voters has plans to reach more than 100,000 voters nationwide. 

Since 2012, nonpartisan civic organizations have worked together to register hundreds of thousands of voters on a single day in September. 

“The right to vote is the backbone of our democracy and it is our mission as the League to ensure that every American can access the ballot,” Deborah Turner, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, said in a statement. “As the nation’s largest and longest-standing volunteer-driven voter registration organization, we are determined to use the power and reach of the League to register all eligible voices to ensure their voices are heard in the upcoming elections.”   

League chapters and pro-democracy groups all over the country are hosting events on Tuesday that highlight the importance of voting and encourage Americans to check their voter registration status so they can be prepared for Election Day. 

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin will be hosting a virtual “pirate party” (because Tuesday is also national “talk like a pirate day” at 6 p.m. Registration details are here.)

Wisconsin Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski and the Dane County Boys and Girls Club are holding a civics trivia event at the Allied Family Center in Fitchburg at 6 p.m. to help participants learn about government and why democratic engagement matters.

“Events like these have a big impact in our community by encouraging our young people to use their voice in matters that will impact their lives forever,” Michael Johnson, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County said in a statement. 

Learn more about National Voter Registration Day and how to get ready to vote here.


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Ruth Conniff
Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine where she worked for many years from both Madison and Washington, DC. Shortly after Donald Trump took office she moved with her family to Oaxaca, Mexico, and covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Trump. Conniff is the author of "Milked: How an American Crisis Brought Together Midwestern Dairy Farmers and Mexican Workers" which won the 2022 Studs and Ida Terkel award from The New Press. She is a frequent guest on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television outlets. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters.