Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy
Care for the Homeless client leaders, including members of our Consumer Advisory Board, recently completed a nonpartisan Voter Registration Drive that signed up 254 new voters, all eligible to vote tomorrow. That’s a CFH Voter Registration record. It breaks last year’s record setting drive success.
Our client leaders have the satisfaction of having helped people to register and some great memories from the effort. They registered people with past criminal records who didn’t know they had the right to vote. In New York anyone not currently incarcerated for a felony or on active parole (people on probation have the right to vote) has the right to vote.
They also registered people who were homeless and thought not having a regular permanent fixed address meant they couldn’t register. But being poor or homeless certainly doesn’t mean you lose your right to vote.
At Care for the Homeless we believe poor policy choices helped create the evil that is modern day homelessness and better policies can help to end it. Today – Election Day – each of us who is registered to vote has the opportunity to help determine who gets to set public policy going forward.
Journalists and commentators are predicting very low turnout for this year’s election. That’s a shame because we’ll be voting for the state legislators, members of Congress and statewide officials who very much affect our lives and those of our families and clients.
Please take the opportunity to cast your vote and participate in democracy today. Regardless of who you vote for, everyone should cherish and exercise their right to vote their own values and have a say in our government and policies.
And if you aren’t registered but would be eligible to register to vote, contact our Policy Office at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime for assistance in getting registered.