VOTING MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES -- HCH Program supporting Voter Registration Drive for People Experiencing Homelessness 9/25/18 -- Join Us!
Tuesday September 25th is National Voter Registration Day! Alameda County Public Health Department’s Voting Matters initiative and the Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless Program invite you to join us for a Voter Registration Drive targeting county residents experiencing homelessness.
We are seeking volunteers to join us in the field to engage and empower homeless residents to register and vote in the November 6th election. We are asking volunteers to commit to a 2-hour time slot on Tuesday 9/25 to outreach to shelters, centers, meal sites and encampments and help people register to vote. Volunteers will also be provided with a 1-hour training before going out into the field.
Voting is one of the most important ways to make our voices, and the voices of our communities, heard. Unfortunately, there is a widespread misconception that residents experiencing homelessness are ineligible to vote. However, this is untrue - Persons experiencing homelessness can register and vote in all 50 states. Due to this misconception and other barriers facing people experiencing homelessness, they are less likely than others to be engaged voters. In an effort to increase voter engagement in Alameda County, Voting Matters and the Health Care for the Homeless Program are teaming up to organize the 9/25 voter registration drive.
We need you to make this event a success - please sign up to volunteer at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4bacaf28a0fb6-925. We will be in touch with you about the brief volunteer training and to identify a team to join and a location to target for your voter registration efforts on 9/25.
For additional information and questions, please contact either Jennifer Lucky (Voting Matters) Jennifer.Lucky@acgov.org or David Modersbach (HCH Program) David.Modersbach@acgov.org.
We look forward to working with you to help Alameda County residents improve their health—by weighing in on the issues that matter to them and casting a ballot on November 6, 2018!
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See this Oakland North article: https://oaklandnorth.net/2017/11/09/healthcare-workers-act-to-prevent-hepatitis-a-outbreak-in-oakland/
More info on HCH hepatitis A activities here.