Hoyer Releases Video to Students on Voting Rights

For Immediate Release:

August 7, 2012

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following video for students on their voting rights, and the online app that can be used to help them be engaged in the political process:

Click here to watch.

"No matter what party they support or which candidate, every student ought to play a role in this year’s election by registering to vote and knowing how and where to cast their ballots,” said Whip Hoyer. “That’s why I am are releasing this video, which I hope will make it easier for students to access the information they need to get registered and get involved. Laws are changing in several states, and Democrats will continue working to make sure everyone has the most up-to-date information to ensure their voice is heard.”

Last month, Hoyer unveiled a new interactive voting rights app he developed along with House Administration Committee Ranking Member Rep. Robert Brady (PA).  The app offers state-specific data for all 50 states and six U.S. territories, and includes information on voter registration, new voting requirements, and early voting. To view the app, click here.

The full text of Hoyer’s video to students is below:

“One of the greatest things about America is that all of us have a say in its future.  Your right to vote is something to be proud of and something to celebrate.” 

“With a crucial election less than 100 days away, it’s never been more important to have every voice heard, especially yours.  We need to make sure every student who wants to vote has the ability to do so. No matter what party you support or which candidate, I urge every student to get involved by registering to vote and knowing how and where to cast that ballot.”                                         

“Voting laws in several states are changing this year, and you don’t want to find out on Election Day that you aren’t registered, don’t have the right form of ID, or have been dropped from the voter rolls.  That’s why I worked with the House Administration Committee to launch a new online app to help you find out if you’re registered to vote and, if not, how to do so in your state.” 

“Our app can help you make sure you have everything you need to cast your vote and be certain it’s counted.  Just visit Democraticwhip.gov/VotingRights to try it.” 

“Start by clicking on the app, and it will ask you a few simple questions, such as what state you live in, and whether you are already registered to vote. If you are unsure whether you’re registered, the app may direct you to another site where you can find out. Afterward, you’ll see a list of what you may need to bring with you to your polling place on Election Day. You can also follow links to register to vote and to obtain any voter identification you may not yet have.“

“Don’t forget to share the link to this app with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.”

“Remember – if you have the right to vote and choose not to use it, you’re giving somebody else control of your future.  Take your future in your own hands.  It’s easy, and our country will be better off if you do.”   

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