Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day, an annual nonpartisan civic holiday intended to promote awareness about how U.S. citizens can register to vote and, more broadly, promote democracy.
The civic holiday, celebrated every September, was first observed in 2012 by nearly 2,000 organizations. Volunteers hit the streets nationwide to educate Americans about the importance of exercising their civic rights and registering new voters.
More than a decade later, National Voter Registration Day has been endorsed by national associations and the federal government. According to National Voter Registration Day’s official website, more than 5 million voters have been registered to vote on the holiday since 2012.
Demos, a research think tank committed to racial justice, released a new report that showed that many states continue to purge voters from registration rolls. Between the close of registration for the 2020 and 2022 general elections, Demos reported states purged more than 19 million voters.