info 03.2.04

Voter Turnout

Political talking heads seem to agree on one thing: key to the 2004 election will be voter turnout. Whatever your leanings, here are some organizations that are working to get out the vote this year. At most of these sites, you can register and learn more about the candidates.

Declare Yourself is a national non-partisan, non-profit campaign to get young voters to participate in the 2004 presidential election. They're doing this with a music tour of college campuses, voter education for high school seniors, and a comprehensive voter registration and election information website.

Project Vote is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that registers, educates, and mobilizes low-income and minority citizens to vote.

Freedom's Answer is a non-partisan, non-profit voter turnout campaign led by the country's youth. It seeks voter pledges — not for parties or candidates — but to honor servicemen and women overseas.

Rock the Vote coordinates voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote events, and voter education efforts, all with the intention of ensuring that young people take advantage of their right to vote.

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation seeks to encourage full participation in a barrier-free democratic process by educating, organizing and mobilizing citizens in African-American communities.

Kids Voting USA is a national non-profit, non-partisan, organization that fosters an informed, participating electorate by educating and actively engaging young people and their families in voting and other elements of effective civic engagement.
Here's a fantastic political resource: Project Vote Smart provides non-partisan, objective biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings of thousands of candidates and elected officials for President, Congress, Governors and State Legislators. It does not accept financial contributions from lobbyists, governmental organizations, corporations, businesses or special interests. When you're trying to sort through what's true, what's not, and what's spin, this website is an enormous help.

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