UMaine coalition to register voters as part of national effort

Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day Sept. 25 with a 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November.

As part of the effort, the University of Maine will host two events to engage the campus community and register voters.

Members of the UMaine Voter Activation Team and UMaine UVote will host a voter registration and ”Why I Vote” booth on the Mall, and a voter registration table in Memorial Union from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Over the past few weeks, volunteers have been talking to thousands of students about voting and registering hundreds of new voters.

The registration drive will feature snacks and drinks, as well as voting- and election-related freebies. The booth on the Mall will include an opportunity for members of the campus community to fill out signs with the heading “Why I Vote.” The signs will form part of a digital video that will be made to promote voter turnout in the lead-up to Election Day on Nov. 6.

For inquiries about National Voter Registration Day events at UMaine, email Rob Glover at, team leader for the UMaine Voter Activation Team.

Communities around the country are planning to use National Voter Registration Day to increase voter participation. Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right — the right to vote.

More than two million Americans have registered to vote on this day since the inaugural event.

More about National Voter Registration Day is online.