The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), through its 501(c)(3) charitable subsidiary, the MOAA Foundation (TMF), has become the first military service organization, as a national body, to become a Premier Partner of National Voter Registration Day taking place nationwide today!
“MOAA is pleased to support this nationwide effort to register more Americans to actively participate in our democracy by registering to vote,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, president and CEO of MOAA. “Voting is a particular challenge for many uniformed service family members stationed around the world who routinely rely on absentee voting during elections. Anything we can do to facilitate that process and educate military families on the voting process aligns perfectly with our collective MOAA mission to Never Stop Serving.”
Last year, millions of Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. Many Americans are not aware that they must register to vote before they can cast a ballot, in some cases 30 days in advance of the election. Today, National Voter Registration Day, is the largest one-day effort of the year to register voters – so no one misses the opportunity to vote due to a registration problem.
Whether you've recently turned 18, changed your name, moved, or haven’t voted in recent elections, today is the day to make sure your registration is up to date. One out of nine of Americans has outdated voter information, so take a few moments today to check on yours. Democracy is built from the ground up and key decisions that affect our communities, our kids, taxes and the investments they support are determined locally, so #BeVocalVoteLocal.
2017 voter issues include local county commissions, school boards, mayors, judges, bond issues, and more. Held in all 50 states across the nation this November, these elections will have major impacts on people’s day-to-day lives. While national elections get the media attention, local elections in many ways have a more direct impact on people’s lives, including the quality of roads and transit systems, the schools our kids attend, parks and greenways, public safety, and more.
“We are extremely pleased to have MOAA on our national steering committee,” said Brian Miller, executive director of Nonprofit VOTE, a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides oversight and coordination of National Voter Registration Day. “Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day seeks to change that. The addition of MOAA on our national leadership team adds a powerful, nationally trusted voice representing currently serving uniformed service men and women and veterans.”