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Are You Registered to Vote?

What would our community look like if everyone who was eligible voted? That’s what we at the Food Bank had been wondering lately. So we’re mobilizing volunteers to get out the vote!

What would our community look like if everyone who was eligible voted? That’s what we at the Alameda County Community Food Bank have been wondering lately. But we’re doing more than just wonder – we’re mobilizing volunteers to get out the vote!

In 2008, 61% of eligible Americans voted – just 41% if they were low-income. If we want to end hunger and poverty in America, we will need their voices, their wisdom, and their votes more than ever.

It takes just one person to inspire another to register and vote. Our volunteers have been out at the food pantries and soup kitchens in Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, Livermore, Union City, and Emeryville since mid-August, and will be there until the final day of registration, Oct. 22.

Halfway through our campaign, our volunteers and staff have registered 129 people to vote!

One of our staff, Hue, was helping a senior apply for CalFresh benefits, and asked the woman if was registered to vote. Though she has been a citizen for 25 years, she had never registered – she didn’t have anyone to help her fill out the form. Because Hue asked, this Nov. 6 will be the first time she votes.

But our work doesn’t end there.

Educating voters and holding our elected officials accountable are the next steps.

That’s why we’re hosting a Candidates’ Forum on Hunger and Poverty at the Food Bank on Oct. 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. Check out the lineup here, and stop by if you can.

What can you do to help out? Register! If you’ve moved or changed your name lately: re-register! And if you’re all set, find someone you know who may need you to be that one person to encourage them to register and vote.

You’re online, and the form is, too. Click here to get started.

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Tim October 01, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I'd say the same about people like "Brash Brazen" aka "Summer Hemphill" aka "Frank Mockery" aka "Bong Sativa" Here is an example of your typical Obama voter... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio Yes, perhaps James voting isn't as bad as others, like Brash, or his pal in the video.
Tim October 01, 2012 at 07:52 PM
yes, if you're a lib, vote early and vote often lol.... too bad for you you're in CA and not some place where it matters like Ohio, Virginia, or Florida. But thanks... I have friends in VA and Fl and I've managed to secure several dozen Romney votes in these states. Thanks Summer for pushing me to help the GOP!
Brash Brazen October 01, 2012 at 09:01 PM
The question is who will be a poorer loser Mitt Romney or Tiny Tim ? Don't expect to see Tiny Tim's concession speech online after Mitt Romney concedes (about 8:01 PST) because he's just another delusional member (or tool in this case,just pick your own euphemism) of the extreme right who'll never admit that they were wrong ! Everyone who disagrees with them is a liberal,unemployed,drug abuser who lives on the government dole,yet the majority of Americans continue to reject their social & fiscal agendas & will again on November 6th !!! It must be terrible to be Tiny Tim living in a world where the vast majority of your neighbors rebuke the very core principles in which you so wholeheartedly put your unyielding faith & fruitless efforts on a daily basis !!!
Mona October 01, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I understand what you are saying James. I am going to vote but I wish we had a more middle of the road type candidate who would be more interested in serving as President for all legal US citizens. We do need some government controls on industry,- but a lot could be eliminated. Same with just about everything else. And no one will ever convince me that those big money contributors to both political partys aren't expecting a lot in return.
Mona October 04, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I wonder why the editors allow the sarcastic personal remarks or the name calling.

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