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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks National Voter Registration Day, a holiday celebrating our civic duty to vote while bringing attention to the importance of participation in elections. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement recognizing the day:
“Each year, millions of Americans exercise one of their most important fundamental freedoms when they cast their ballot. National Voter Registration Day is an opportunity to not only celebrate our ability to participate in free and fair elections, but also ensure that every eligible voter is registered. Republican lawmakers pass severe restrictions on both abortion rights and voting rights for a reason: Free and fair access to the ballot box is essential to achieving reproductive freedom and every other right that is important to us. They know that voting is one of the most powerful tools we have. We need equitable access to the voting booths to protect our fundamental rights. We are all partners in defending democracy, and EMILYs List is proud to help elect Democratic pro-choice women who lead that fight at every level of government.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.