In 2008, 6 million Americans told the U.S. Census Bureau that they hadn't voted because they either didn't know how to register or missed the deadline. Thus the idea for a national day of action to encourage citizens to register to vote was born.
Today, Sept. 24, volunteer groups throughout the country, including the League of Women Voters, will hold the second National Voter Registration Day.
If you haven't registered to vote or you've moved and you need to update your voter information, please do so very soon.
If you live in one of the three beach cities with elections this fall, the last day you can register is Oct. 7.
While general election primaries are nearly a year away, it is never too early to protect your constitutional right to have a say in how your city, county, state and nation are run.
The League of Women Voters encourages you to make sure you can vote. The league has made it easy: Go to www.vote411.org or stop by our local Supervisor of Elections Office (600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 108, Bradenton), and fill in a voter registration form. You may also download a form at http://www.votemanatee.com/. Encourage everyone you know to register.
It's your vote and your voice. Use it. Florida's future depends upon it.
Lee Pflueger, President, League of Women Voters of Manatee CountyBradenton