|The Sierra Club and Voting for America Announce Partnership to Help Register Young Americans in 2010|
WASHINGTON, DC - Today the Sierra Club, America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization, and Voting for America, an affiliate of the voting rights nonprofit Project Vote, announced a new nonpartisan initiative to help over 50,000 students of community and four-year colleges in seven states register to vote for the 2010 election.
This summer and fall, Sierra Club staff and volunteers will conduct nonpartisan voter registration and mobilization drives on college campuses in Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas in order to gather over 50,000 voter registration applications from younger Americans.
"We know that Sierra Club's core environmental and energy issues motivate young people," said Cathy Duvall, Sierra Club Political and Public Advocacy Director. "We're eager to work with Voting for America and build on our track record of successful youth organizing to turn out young voters on Election Day."
Partnering with the Sierra Club on the initiative is Voting for America, a new affiliate of Project Vote that draws on its extensive expertise. "Project Vote has over 15 years experience in conducting large-scale voter registration drives," says Michael Slater, executive director of the organization. "In 2010 we've created Voting for America as a means of making the systems, strategies, and tools we've developed available to other organizations."
The services that Voting for America will contribute include the development of voter registration and quality control protocols; assistance with recruitment, training, and supervision of canvassers; training and materials; and legal services. Additionally, Project Vote's research department will conduct an analysis and evaluation following completion of the drive, including an assessment of registrant demographics and a determination of how many successful applications-and ballots cast-resulted from the effort.
"When the Sierra Club
approached us to assist with this drive, we didn't hesitate," says
Slater. "Even after 2008, we estimate over 60 million eligible Americans
are still not registered to vote, and young people in particular are
underrepresented. We're thrilled to be working with the Sierra Club to
help empower these Americans, and we hope more organizations decide to
take up this important work."
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