ALA offers free webinar for libraries about National Voter Registration Day

For Immediate Release
Fri, 07/17/2020

Contact:

Shawnda Hines

Assistant Director, Communications

ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office

shines@alawash.org

ALA urges libraries to register as partners

WASHINGTON - The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that it has joined National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) as a premier partner for 2020. ALA encourages libraries to sign up to participate in this important event, culminating in a nation-wide day of action on September 22, 2020. 

Many libraries partner with local election agencies and community-based organizations to disseminate information, host events, and promote informed participation in the democratic process. With voter registration rates lower than average due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the call to action for libraries is clear.

To inform library workers about participating in NVRD, ALA will host a free webinar, “Ready to Vote: Hosting National Voter Registration Day at Your Library,” on July 23, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Central Time. The one-hour webinar will feature a voter engagement expert from NVRD and librarians who will share their tips and experiences based on prior participation. Free registration is required.

In addition, ALA has released a tip sheet for community leaders about libraries and voter engagement. Library staff can share the tip sheet with their local officials and decision makers to help them understand how they can partner with libraries. 

For more information and resources on voter engagement, visit ala.org/advocacy/voter-engagement or follow #LibrariesEngageVoters on social media.