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File #: 160732    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/8/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/8/2016
Title: Recognizing Tuesday, September 27, 2016 as National Voter Registration Day.
Sponsors: Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Signature16073200.pdf
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Recognizing Tuesday, September 27, 2016 as National Voter Registration Day.

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WHEREAS, National Voter Registration Day began in 2012; and

WHEREAS, The need for an established National Voter Registration Day became apparent after confusion arose with regard to various voter registration deadlines; and

WHEREAS, It was discovered that a significant number of people who would have registered to vote in the 2008 Presidential Election were not aware of the deadline to register to be eligible to vote in this historic election; and

WHEREAS, The Philadelphia City Commissioners Office, comprised of Chairman Anthony Clark, Vice Chairman Al Schmidt and Commissioner Lisa Deeley, believe it is their responsibility to get as many residents of the City as possible registered for the upcoming November election; and

WHEREAS, The City Commissioners have worked to create a partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. The goal of this collaboration is to get more young people registered to vote and out to the polls on Election Day; and

WHEREAS, A study of youth voter turnout showed that only twenty percent of eighteen to twenty nine year olds cast ballots in the 2014 elections. That was the lowest turnout rate ever recorded in an election for this demographic; and

WHEREAS, The registration rate among eligible voters is seventy one percent, but when looking at eligible voters ages eighteen through twenty four, that number falls to just fifty nine percent; and

WHEREAS, Reports on voter turnout show that when registered, young people will go to the polls to vote. For example, in 2008, eighty three percent of registered eighteen to twenty four year olds voted in that election; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That we hereby recognize Tuesday, September 27, 2016 as National Voter Registration Day.

RESOLVED FURTHER, That an Engrossed copy of this Resolution be presented to the City Commi...

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