National Voter Registration Day Tuesday September 28, 2021

National Voter Registration Day  is celebrated every year on the fourth Tuesday of September.

First celebrated in 2012, it is a nonpartisan civic holiday that celebrates our democracy, and one that involves the collective efforts of thousands of volunteers, nonprofit organizations, businesses, schools, libraries, election officials, and more from all over the country. 


This year, National Voter Registration Day will take place on September 28. Together, our goal is to register 1 million new voters by 2022, reaching a total of 5.5 million new voters that have registered on the holiday across all fifty states and the District of Columbia since 2012. 

By engaging thousands of community and online partners and volunteers in a massive single-day event, we saturate the media, light up the internet, and reach hundreds of thousands of new voters who haven’t yet registered or need to update their registrations due to a recent move, name change, turning 18, naturalization, or other reason.

This year Greensboro AAUW has partnered with the Action Network for the National Voters Registration Day 2021 using social media to impact voter change using #NationalVoterRegistrationDay and  #VoteReady you can encourage voter registration and raise awareness of voter registration options. Become a part of AAUW Equity Network.

No matter our background or political beliefs, as Americans we believe that for democracy to work for all of us, it must include us all. In celebrating National Voter Registration Day since 2012, we will have worked hard to help every eligible American be registered and ready to cast a ballot. In 2020 Americans turned out in record numbers despite unprecedented obstacles.Yet still, every year, millions of eligible voters are unable to cast a ballot because of a missed registration deadline, outdated registration information, or other problems with their voter registration. Potential voters are caught in a vicious cycle that sees unregistered citizens become non-voters who are then ignored by political campaigns which, in turn, leaves them uninterested in the electoral process. 

According to 2020 post-election U.S. Census data, as many as one in four eligible voters in the country were not registered. For communities already underrepresented in the electorate such as youth and communities of color, the numbers were even more stark. Less than 60% of potential voters aged 18-24 reported being registered to vote, and registration rates in communities of color lagged significantly behind the general electorate as well.

By joining in the national celebration on September 28,  Greensboro AAUW public policy committee hope that diverse Americans across the country will celebrate #NationalVoterRegistrationDay and get themselves and their communities registered to vote and ready to cast a ballot, while also closing existing participation gaps in the future. 

Dr. LaToya B Gathers