Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Blog

By Jennine Vari

2012 Fall Intern

Yesterday was National Voter Registration Day and AAI was out and about in Farragut Square and Georgetown as part of its Yalla Vote campaign to mobilize and educate voters. The Arab American Institute, in coordination with NNAAC and almost 250 other organizations around the country, spent the day registering new voters and helping people update their registration information. This nationwide effort is to ensure that no voter is left out of the 2012 election process.  In 2008, 6 million eligible voters didn’t cast their ballots either because they missed the registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. Thanks to a successful Voter Registration Day, it is already estimated that there are already over 39,000 new registrations.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to participate in National Voter Registration Day, AAI still has plenty of opportunities for you to reach out to Arab American voters. We need volunteers to participate in and host phone banks starting this weekend and going through Election Day. It’s easy and you don’t need anything more than a phone and internet connection. Sign up to volunteer with us, and don’t forget to get Yalla Vote t-shirts for your GOTV work. If you let us know you’re hosting an event at least 7 days in advance, AAI can send you a Yalla Vote package with t-shirts, signs, stickers, pens, and other materials.

We’d like to thank all the volunteers who participated and made this possible; please continue to tweet photos and registration and election efforts at #YallaVote. Also check out the My Arab American Vote- Yalla Vote Facebook page to see pictures from Voter Registration Day and post your own.

Key Voting Information

We’ve introduced one-page Key Voting Information handouts which are now available on the state pages under Key Election Resources. These “cheat sheets” include information on registration deadlines, early and absentee voting, and Voter ID requirements for our top ten states plus the DC-MD-VA area.

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