Magazine article National NOW Times

"10 for Change" Campaign Already Registering New Voters

Magazine article National NOW Times

"10 for Change" Campaign Already Registering New Voters

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NOW and the NOW Foundation launched a new voter registration and mobilization campaign, 10 for Change, at the March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C., where it was met with massive enthusiasm. Thanks to hard-working volunteers, more than 1,000 eager women and men joined our campaign to mobilize voters for equality and justice.

Those who took the 10 for Change challenge have agreed to help register new voters and educate friends and family about issues important in this year's elections and to encourage them to vote in November. Although March participants were the first to get started on 10 for Change, the campaign is open to anyone who cares about women's rights. You can sign up to take the challenge at www. 1 OforChange.org and even become eligible for rewards along the way.

"Women have immense potential to make a difference in this country, yet so many aren't even registered to vote," said NOW President Kim Gandy. "We can't expect our leaders to represent our interests if we don't participate in the political process ourselves."

This campaign's strength is in its ease: by turning one vote into 10, and 10 votes into 100, and 100 votes into 1,000, the domino effect will span the nation and garner the support we need to make a difference in November.

Voting was a central issue discussed by such prominent March speakers as Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Whoopi Goldberg and Gloria Steinern. "If all we do is march today, that will not change the direction this country is headed under this administration," said Sen. Clinton.

Voter turnout has dropped dramatically in the U.S. over the last 40 years. Nearly half the voting-age population did not cast a ballot in the 2000 election - that's almost 100 million adults who did not vote.

"It's about time we turn this trend around, " said Gandy, "and make sure women have a voice in this country's policies, at home and abroad. …

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