National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 4.5 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date.
Celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will next take place on Sept. 28 when volunteers and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.
Locally, there are two places all residents of Atascosa County can register to vote. It takes only a few minutes. No ID is required to register to vote, but an ID will be required when a voter presents themselves to vote. If someone is 17 years and 10 months, they are eligible to vote.
• Coastal Bend College, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (lobby), 1141 Bensdale Rd., Pleasanton
• Poteet Library, 3-4:30 p.m. (outside), 126 5th St., Poteet
According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.
The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center).