FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
RPC SUPPORTS NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY
A statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr
Today the Rainbow PUSH Coalition is supporting National Voter Registration Day. According to a recent series on MSNBC called American Swamp the U.S. ranks 122 among the nations in terms of voter turnout. The lack of full voter registration in the so-called world center of democracy is a sad commentary on our democracy and one contributing factor to this miserable and disturbing fact.
If you have not registered, do so today! In most states you can register on a daily basis or you can register on-line. And with one party committed to minimizing and suppressing the vote it would also be a good time for those who are registered to check their registration to make sure they are still registered.
There is hope in the air. In recent mid-term elections, non-presidential election years, turnout was between 70-and-80 million voters. In 2018, the number rose to around 113 million – a 30 percent increase. If that holds true in 2020 there could around 180 million voters that vote and that would be a good thing.
However, that does not mean we should be totally proud. There are around 220 million Americans who are eligible by age and citizenship to vote. So there would still be around 40 million Americans who will not vote. The goal of the RPC is shoot for 100 percent full voter registration and a maximum turnout on Election Day. Our democracy is based on “we the people,” and we the people should determine to register to vote and vote to the max on Election Day. It is the only way the government can represent all of us.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.