All 10 branches of the Santa Cruz Public Library system, including the Scotts Valley Library, will participate in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 22.
Volunteers will be available at each branch library during each branch’s regular operating hours to facilitate voter registration, either online or on paper forms.
“Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy and we’re proud to help facilitate voter registration for our patrons and local residents,” said Janis O’Driscoll, interim director of Santa Cruz Public Libraries. “Voter registration forms are always available at Santa Cruz Public Library branches.”
SCPL is one of thousands of national, state and local organizations participating in National Voter Registration Day 2015. These partner organizations will coordinate hundreds of National Voter Registration Day events nationwide and leverage #CelebrateNVRD in all social media platforms to drive attention to voter registration and the midterm elections.
Started in 2012 for the presidential election, 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. Thousands of Americans need to re-register to vote each year if they just turned 18, moved, changed their name, changed their political party, just completed probation or have not voted in four years or more. More than 356,000 Americans have been registered to vote since the inaugural National Voter Registration Day.
“Every eligible American voter should exercise his or her right to be heard at the ballot box,” O’Driscoll said. “National Voter Registration Day is the right place to start by getting registered.”
Library branch locations and hours
- Aptos: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Boulder Creek: 13390 West Park Ave., Boulder Creek, CA 95006; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Branciforte: 230 Gault St., Santa Cruz, CA 95062; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Capitola: 2005 Wharf Road, Capitola, CA 95010; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Downtown: 224 Church St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Felton: 6299 Gushee, Felton, CA 95018; 1-6 p.m.
- Garfield Park: 705 Woodrow Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 2-7 p.m.
- La Selva: 316 Estrella Ave., La Selva Beach, CA 95076; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Live Oak: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Scotts Valley: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95066: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
ABOUT NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY
Volunteers, celebrities and organizations all across the country will “hit the streets” on Sept. 22 for a single day of consolidated field, technology and media efforts to create awareness of voter registration opportunities. National Voter Registration Day is a time to put differences aside and celebrate democracy and the rights that unite Americans. Learn more at http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org.
ABOUT THE SANTA CRUZ PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) system delivers information, education, enrichment and inspiration through a network of 10 neighborhood library branches, a web-based digital library, a Bookmobile and community-based programs. SCPL serves children, teens and adults with innovative programming, professional services and community facilities that spark imagination and support discovery. Residents can explore a wide range of interests from academic research, book clubs and literacy programs to digital photography, locally-produced music and local history. Branch locations include Aptos, Boulder Creek, Branciforte, Capitola, Downtown Santa Cruz, Felton, Garfield Park, La Selva Beach, Live Oak and Scotts Valley. Learn more about SCPL at SantaCruzPL.org or via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.