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Voter Registration Numbers Are Up Weeks Ahead of Key Midterm Elections

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Organizations and influencers from across the country came together for National Voter Registration Day and to engage young people in their country’s democracy

Yesterday was National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), an annual celebration across the country, in which corporations, organizations, influencers and everyday Americans came together to register people to vote. As noted in our blog post yesterday, NVRD’s celebration was felt across the country, with thousands of new voters registering ahead of our country’s key midterm elections in states from Nevada, Texas, Florida, among others.

Texas, one of the state’s with the lowest turnout in the country, also took part in NVRD, and from El Paso to Dallas to Houston, San Antonio, and beyond, thousands more have registered to have their voices heard. In fact, MOVE Texas, a non-partisan organization based out of San Antonio, but with volunteers in different Texas cities, registered 5,375 new voters alone.

This came ahead of a story from the Houston Chronicle published today, which shows that more than 400,000 people have registered in the state since March 2018, and more than 1.6 million since the 2014 midterm elections.

Mario Carrillo, America’s Voice Texas State Director, issued the following statement:

The stakes could not be higher. The 2018 elections could very well forge the future that young people make for themselves — but they have to turn out. We commend organizations across the country that are taking on this task of engaging young people, and especially young people of color, to make their voices heard. I’m inspired to see the work from so many organizations here in my beloved home state, but also from individuals who are donating their time to register voters ahead of such a critical election.

From healthcare to immigration, gun safety and the economy, young people are coming together in their communities, in rallies, and in the media to ensure that they have a seat at the table where decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their loved ones are made.