According to information from the U.S. Census Bureau, about three out of 10 adults across our country who are eligible to vote aren't registered.
The good news is that there's an easy remedy for that problem.
That's why Secretary of State Tre Hargett is calling on people across Tennessee to celebrate National Voter Registration Month by registering to vote themselves - if they haven't already - and encouraging friends and neighbors to register.
"Voting is a fundamental right that many of our ancestors, friends and neighbors have fought and died to preserve," Secretary Hargett said. "We should never take that right for granted. It is free and easy to register to vote, and I encourage Tennesseans to be active participants in our electoral process. For people who are already registered to vote, National Voter Registration Month serves as a reminder to make sure their registration information is up to date so there are no issues on Election Day."
As part of the month-long celebration, Secretary Hargett is asking registered voters to join a nationwide social media campaign.
People can participate by logging onto www.GoVoteTN.com, then clicking on the "I’m Registered to Vote. Are You?" sign icon. There, they can get information about how to register to vote and also get access to a printable version of the sign. Registered voters are asked to pose for photos holding the signs, then post them on Twitter using #GoVoteTN as a hashtag. Many of the photos will also be shared on the Secretary of State's social media sites and participants are encouraged to post the photos through their other social media accounts as well.
The initial campaign last year in Tennessee generated more than 15 million impressions on social media.
"When we launched the campaign last year, we had great participation from many celebrities, singers, athletes, political leaders and people from all walks of life," Secretary Hargett said. "We expect Tennesseans will respond in a similar way to this year's campaign."
Also, Secretary Hargett and other secretaries of state across the country have declared Sept. 23 as National Voter Registration Day - a day intended to highlight the importance of registering to vote.
Eligible Tennessee residents have until Oct. 6 to register if they wish to vote in the Nov. 4 election. To get more information about how to register to vote or update registration information, visit www.GoVoteTN.com or contact your county election commission.