On Tuesday, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a 50-state effort to register voters. Although we do not have any elections in Hernando County in 2013, the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Office is participating in this national effort and will hold drives at 15 locations.
National Voter Registration Day is a collaborative effort by a group of nonprofits: Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Education Fund; Bus Federation Civic Fund; Fair Elections Legal Network, League of Women Voters; Nonprofit Vote and Voto Latino.
It started with the idea that a day revolving around voter registration would help increase access to voter registration, and get people talking about their civic duty to vote in a fun, nonpartisan way. Last year, more than 1,000 groups participated in National Voter Registration Day, and almost 800 groups already signed up this year.
National Voter Registration Day is about helping people find their voice. It's not about partisan politics; it's a way we can work together for the common good of registering people to vote. Both major political parties are joining forces with the Supervisor of Elections Office on this effort. This is an opportunity for us to put aside our differences and celebrate one of our most basic rights‐— the right to vote.
Registering to vote is the first step in making sure your voice is heard. Since taking office in January, my office has conducted over 30 voter registration drives. If your group or organization would like to have a voter registration drive, please contact our office.
Registered voters also need to update their voter information. The next election is less than a year away, so we need to work hard to make sure our voter rolls are as accurate as possible. This includes updating your signature if it has changed. To update your signature, stop by a voter registration drive or visit www.hernandovotes.com and click on "Register to Vote.''
Registration drives are scheduled for various times Tuesday at: the Supervisor of Elections Office, 20 N Main St. Room 165, Brooksville; Pasco Hernando Community College Spring Hill and North campuses; YMCA, Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill; Timber Pines Lodge, Timber Pines Boulevard, Spring Hill; Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville; Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville; BP Gas Station, Anderson Snow Road and Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; Panera Bread, 13151 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; Democratic Headquarters, 3432 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill; Republican Headquarters, 19227 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd.; Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge, 510 E Summit Road, Brooksville; and Golden Corral, S Broad Street, Brooksville.
Call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 754-4125 for the time of the drive nearest to you or check our website at www.hernandovotes.com. Together we can promote the vote.
Shirley Anderson is Hernando supervisor of elections.