National Voter Registration Day


In a democracy, our voices are our most powerful tools. They shape the policies that govern our lives and communities. But what happens when these voices are silenced due to missed registration deadlines or confusion about the process? National Voter Registration Day, celebrated September 19, 2023, aims to eliminate these obstacles and ensure that every eligible American has the opportunity to make their voice heard in the next election.

Millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote for various reasons: missed registration deadlines, outdated information, or simply not knowing how to register. National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday that stands as a beacon of hope, guiding individuals through the complex journey of voter registration.

Beyond the fundamental goal of registering voters, this day also strives to make Americans #VoteReady by raising awareness about state-specific voter registration deadlines and policies. It empowers voters with knowledge about elections and their various options for casting a ballot. Most importantly, it encourages participation in their civic duty, ensuring that citizens don’t just register but actively engage in the democratic process.

When the registered voting population does not accurately reflect the diversity of the country, our democracy suffers. It fails to represent the needs of the entire population. To build a democracy that truly speaks for us all, we must work towards closing registration gaps. This means engaging in on-the-ground voter outreach, especially in communities that have historically been disenfranchised.

The decisions made by local officials directly impact our daily lives. From property taxes and police funding to trash pickup and school curriculum, these local policies shape our communities. Registering and voting provide residents with the opportunity to be active participants in our self-governing democracy. It allows us to address the big questions that directly affect our lives and the places we call home.

National Voter Registration Day is more than just a day on the calendar; it’s a celebration of democracy in action. It’s a reminder that our voices matter and that we have the power to shape the future of our communities and our nation. By eliminating registration barriers, raising awareness, and empowering citizens, we can create a democracy that truly represents us all. So, on this National Voter Registration Day, let’s commit to being #VoteReady and ensuring that no eligible American is left behind in the democratic process. Together, we can build a stronger, more inclusive democracy for the future.


Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont serves 18 counties across North Carolina and South Carolina. We encourage active participation in our political process across our territory!

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