Voter Education & Registration Drives
TaLiN organizes voter registration drives with two goals in mind: (1) increase the number of parents registered to vote, (2) increase the voter participation rate in the all elections, particulary NPS Advisory Board elections, and (3) educate Newark voters on political issues having a significant impact on their lives.
November 16th, 1pm-7pm, is Newark Public Schools District's first report card night. As parents and guardians visit the schools to pick up report cards and discuss their students' progress, TaLiN and many volunteers will be registering residents to vote and educating them about QSAC and local control. Won't you volunteer some of your time this day in a school to help Newark realize its dream of democracy?
In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Newark’s population to be 278,980 people, three-quarters of which were at least 18 years of age. That means there were up to 209,000 citizens eligible to register and vote; however, just over half are registered. The Essex County Clerk’s office has 134,581 registered Newark citizens as of May 2009. While inarguably there is room for improvement in the registration rate, the distressing factor is the level of participation. Of these registered voters, only 3.4% voted in the 2009 NPS Advisory Board election. Previous years demonstrate similar percentages. Participation in all elections is essential to the realization of this country’s promise of democracy. Nonetheless, participation in school board elections has the potential to affect change at a more immediate, local level.