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It’s National Voter Registration Day. Do it. Do it.

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 4:59 pm in Alameda County, Barbara Lee, U.S. House, voter registration.

Today has been National Voter Registration Day, and Bay Area officials and activists joined their peers across the nation in urging people to “register in September and make it count in November.”

photo courtesy of Keith CarsonRep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson were among those who rallied at mid-day outside the Alameda County Administration Building in Oakland to urge all eligible voters to register and cast ballots this fall.

The Oakland event was one of several held today across the nation by members of the Congressional Black Caucus as a part of the “For the People” Voter Protection Initiative. H. Res. 542 condemns “the passage of legislation that would unduly burden an American citizen’s ability to vote and opposing any State election law or proposed legislation that would have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities across the country.”

“We are engaged in a battle to protect the fundamental, Constitutional right to vote,” Lee said later Tuesday. “Voter suppression tactics do nothing at all to prevent voter fraud, while disproportionately excluding and disenfranchising people of color, elderly and young adults from their Constitutionally given right to vote. By preparing all Alameda County residents to vote this fall, we are standing in solidarity with communities fighting intense battles against voter suppression efforts throughout the country.”

Lee notes that at least 34 states have introduced laws that would require voters to show photo identification in order to vote, and at least 12 states have introduced laws that would require proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, to register to vote or to vote. The states that have already cut back on voting rights provide 171 electoral votes in 2012, 63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency, she said.

on Sproul Plaza (photo by Josh Richman)Meanwhile, groups at the University of California, Berkeley – including the Associated Students, Voto Latino and others – had tables on Sproul Plaza today in an attempt to register as many people as possible.

Election Day is six weeks away. Still not registered to vote? You’ve got until Monday, Oct. 22, and you need not even get up from where you’re sitting right now reading this post: You can register online. Or, if you prefer, printed voter registration forms are available at many government offices, DMV offices, post offices, public libraries and other locations.

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  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    I’ve voted by mail for years. It’s very easy. The Libertarian Party was registering voters in Berkeley Tuesday with Gary Johnson, their candidate for President of The United Sates, making an appearance. They had a young friendly group of supporters. Not the old dour people who attend most political events. Thanks for coming Josh.

  • Josh Richman

    @#2 – Nice to have finally met you, Bruce. Our story should appear in tomorrow’s editions.

  • Bruce R, Peterson, Lafayette

    There’s Gary Johnson on page B-6, with a lousy headline. He has the same qualifications as Romney. He’s missing Karl Rove’s PAC money.