Voting is embedded in the Reddit experience. Yet offline, 1 in 4 eligible US voters isn’t registered. Even the most civically-conscious among us can unexpectedly find our registration lapsed, especially due to the wide variation in voter registration laws across the US. For example, did you know that you have to update your voter registration if you move, even if it’s just across town? Or that you also need to update it if you’ve changed your name (say, due to a change in marital status)? Depending on your state, you may even need to re-register if you simply haven’t voted in a while, even if you’ve stayed at the same address.
Taken together, these and other factors add up to tens of millions of Americans every election cycle who need to update their registration and might not know it. This is why we are again teaming up with Nonprofit VOTE to celebrate National Voter Registration Day and help spread the word before the midterms this November.
You’ll notice a lot of activity around the site today in honor of the holiday, including amongst various communities that have decided to participate. If you see a particularly cool community effort, let us know in the comments.
We’d also love to hear your personal stories about voting. Why is it important to you? What was your experience like the first time you voted? Are you registering to vote for the first time for this election? Join the conversation in the comments.
Also check out the AMAs we have planned for today as well, including:
- A bipartisan tag-team AMA with the Secretaries of State of Washington and Minnesota in r/politics from 10am-12pm ET
- An AMA about the weird quirks and history of American voting laws with DoSomething.org’s Head of Campaigns in r/IAmA at 11am ET.
- You can also see the AMA that National Voter Registration Day’s Executive Director did yesterday.
Finally, be sure to take this occasion to make sure that you are registered to vote where you live, or update your registration as necessary. Don’t be left out on Election Day!
EDIT: added in the AMA links now that they're live