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Today is National Voter Registration Day!
By Amanda Stratton, Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy Outreach
This fall is a busy time for many—for some children are going back to school, hopefully for many there are client meetings and job site visits, and everyone seems to have a great many other commitments. Architects are all operating on demanding schedules, and with such packed agendas, priorities such as casting your ballot on Election Day can be overlooked. The DesignVote12 program is here to help make sure your voice is heard!
Because today is National Voter Registration Day, we want to inform you of how this important AIA program can be useful in the coming months. In the video below, Russell A. Davidson, AIA, Chair, Board Advocacy Committee, explains exactly how DesignVote12 can help you:
You may be interested in learning more about the process of early voting in Russ’s video above. The DesignVote12 Web site has the information that you need to apply for an absentee ballot or to participate in early voting or other vote-by-mail opportunities. Many states offer these programs without requiring a reason for voting this way. For more information on absentee or early voting in your state, go to your state's election homepage. The DesignVote12 Web site can also help you make informed decisions when submitting your early vote—simply consult the DesignVote12 voter guide.
The outcomes of November 6, 2012 local, state, and federal elections will have a great effect on laws and regulations affecting the practice of architecture in the upcoming legislative sessions. It is your right—and your responsibility to the community—to participate by casting your ballot. If you anticipate being out of town or too busy on Election Day, or if you simply want an alternative to standing in line at your precinct, we urge you to consider the option of early voting.
No matter how you choose to cast your ballot, the first step is making sure you are registered—check your registration status as a part of National Voter Registration Day today!
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