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Get Out the Vote (GOTV)

This year we are partnering with AIGA, the professional association for design, for a Get Out the Vote initiative seeking to motivate Americans to register and turnout to vote on Election Day – Tuesday, November 8.

"As the State Journal noted in an article last Thursday, voter turnout in Dane County [OH] was almost 10 percent higher than in the state as a whole. ... Some of the credit should go to local public officials who worked to enable voters to register and vote with a minimum of paperwork and hassle. ... The Dane County executive and clerk, and Fitchburg city clerk, collaborated with the League of Women Voters in July to train citizens to help voters register."

"Amid it all, voters showed they were, indeed, undeterred, and, in the words of Elizabeth MacNamara, president of the U.S. League of Women Voters, 'The determination of voters came despite antics in Florida and Ohio to shorten voting hours, incorrect signage at Pennsylvania polling sites suggesting photo ID was required, poor election preparation causing long lines, and an onslaught of subversive robocalls intent on misdirecting voters.'"

"Debbie Gould, the president of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, said she and other poll watchers observed problems that could have been avoided with additional staff and equipment. ... 'There were just a lot more voters than they expected,' she said."

"The Homewood-Flossmoor Area [IL] League of Women Voters encourages everyone to be a part of this important election. The outcome of Election 2012 will affect everyone’s job, health care, energy costs and security."

"You may feel energized and passionate about the 2012 election, but that enthusiasm isn’t going to have much impact if you don’t actually cast a vote. Here are some tips on how to make sure that you make a personal impact on the nation’s future. ... Make sure you know where to vote. Vote411.org, a website created by the League of Women Voters, allows you to find your polling place by typing in your address."

"he League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford [IL] registers citizens to vote before every election. During our fall drive, we registered 521 people at high schools, colleges, libraries, supermarkets and a manufacturing company. Registering to vote is just one small step. Tuesday, Nov. 6, it is important that voters use their power to guide the fate of our nation."

"This year I plan to connect with as many of my friends, family and neighbors as possible before Election Day. I am urging friends and family to vote early to avoid long lines and possibly bad weather. I am urging League of Women Voters members to invite others to accompany them to the ballot box. League members will be calling friends to see when they’re planning on voting and who needs a ride to the polls. Our league is posting information on our website (www.lwvodc.org) and our Facebook page with links to other sites."

"Kerry Margaret Butch, the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, says, “People can vote by mail – they can actually go to their County Clerk’s office right now – during the hours that they’re open – and vote in person right now, and that vote will count…You don’t have to wait till election day, you can do it right now…anybody who wants to vote in the state of New Jersey is going to be able to participate.” ... Butch adds, “Don’t panic...if anybody has any questions about anything, they can give us a call at 1-800-792- VOTE…the League of Women Voters is going to be here to make sure that everyone who wants to vote gets the right to vote.”

"Fannie Conner will travel anywhere in the Big Apple to get people to register and vote. During her 50 years as a member of the League of Women Voters of the City of New York, and armed only with a shopping bag full of voting materials, she’s gone to prison halfway houses, city high schools, neighborhood public libraries and Manhattan skyscrapers in her quest to get every last eligible New Yorker to exercise this most fundamental rite of American citizenship."