Washington, DC –– Today, 36 Planned Parenthood affiliates across 30 states and in more than 50 locations will be participating in National Voter Registration Day. Affiliates and volunteers will be registering voters on college campuses, at some Planned Parenthood health centers, and in other community locations. Together, affiliates plan to register thousands of voters regardless of background, beliefs, or political ideology.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America & Planned Parenthood Generation and many other organizations partnered with the Bus Federation to host National Voter Registration Day. National Voter Registration Day is a celebration of the right to vote and of the importance of being registered. It is a non-partisan, collaborative effort to register and provide information about voting to Americans everywhere. National Voter Registration Day coalition partners will create opportunities to reach thousands who could not be reached otherwise and educate more Americans than ever before, bringing new voters into the fold.
Quote from Erin Carhart, Manager, Youth Organizing, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“As the largest and most diverse generation our country has ever seen, we must ensure that our voices are being heard. Voting is one of the most powerful ways to do that. We’re registering thousands of voters today to ensure that everyone’s voices are heard.”
In addition to participating in National Voter Registration Day, Planned Parenthood Federation of America is also continuing “My Vote, My Voice” –– a nonpartisan, volunteer-led voter registration effort to ensure all Americans have the opportunity to register to vote, regardless of their background, beliefs, or political ideology. Voter registration efforts will take place at Planned Parenthood health centers, college campuses, community events, and online at the “My Vote, My Voice” voter registration page.
Planned Parenthood health centers see 2.5 million patients annually. Many of these people are young voters, people of color, or people with low-incomes –– the same communities that historically have been disenfranchised and continue to face unnecessary hurdles when trying to vote. These disparities hurt our democracy and disproportionately impact disenfranchised communities.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With over 650 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America media office: 212-261-4433
September 27, 2016