SOME aims to have 100% voter registration among its guests, residents, volunteers, and staff. Twice every year, we invite the DC Board of Elections (BOE) to our Main SOME campus to answer questions from our guests’ and to help register them to vote or change their addresses. The BOE visited SOME’s dining room this past March and again this September for National Voter Registration Day.
Volunteer Services and dining room staff teamed up with Kamill Key, public affairs specialist from the DC Board of Elections, to recognize National Voter Registration Day. In addition, Ms. Key set up a table during SOME’s meal service, answering questions and assisting guests in completing their registration forms. Ballots will be sent out by mail again this year, so SOME will help facilitate client voting through the mail program. The SOME Client Mail Program allows for those without a permanent address to have their mail safely and securely held.
The visit was a major success as DCBOE registered seven guests to vote &
answered questions from an additional 13 guests!
According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as one in four eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. The goal of National Voter Registration Day is to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. SOME’s goal is to provide everyone with the information they need and allow guests, residents, and staff to make an informed decision as they plan to vote in this year’s election.
To keep up to date with SOME’s advocacy network, find more information on https://some.org/news-events/advocacy
For Board of Elections information, go to https://dcboe.org/.