Across the nation today, Sept. 22, volunteers are joining together to celebrate National Voter Registration Day. St. Petersburg College, along with colleges and universities across the state, are promoting civic engagement and encouraging students to register to vote with the help of TurboVote.
TurboVote is a non-partisan, non-profit online tool that makes voter registration easy, especially for students with no previous voting experience and little knowledge of civic affairs. TurboVote makes sure that students have all the materials and information they need in order to vote in every election. With the free online tool, students can:
- Register to vote
- Get reminders of upcoming local, state and national elections
- Easily update their address or other voter information
- Request absentee ballots
For every election, TurboVote sends a text message and email reminder to all users with important election information, dates and deadlines, to ensure that they never miss another election.
“I encourage you to register to vote and participate in a process that is integral to our democracy and to our nation as a whole,” said SPC President Bill Law in a recent email to SPC students. “I care a great deal that students participate and educate themselves on key issues. We don’t endorse any candidates but we strongly endorse participation in the process.”
The partnership with TurboVote is funded by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions (ISPS) at St. Petersburg College and the Knight Foundation. It was the first system-wide project of the Florida College System’s Civic Literacy Initiative, launched by ISPS in 2013 to make civic engagement a part of the student experience for every student in the FCS system.
To register for TurboVote, visit: spcollege.turbovote.org.
Register to vote in honor of a veteran
Also in honor of National Voter Registration Day, Pinellas County elections officials are spending the day helping veterans register to vote or update their voter registration information at events across the county. They are also encouraging people to register to vote in honor of a vet.
“On National Voter Registration Day, we are reminded of our veterans’ sacrifices to preserve our freedom as Americans, including the right to vote,” said Deborah Clark, Supervisor of elections in a recent press release. “We hope our efforts to assist our veterans will encourage the citizens of Pinellas County to take time on September 22 to either register to vote or update their own voter registration information in honor of these brave men and women.”
Read the full press release on our Veterans Services blog.