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09/12/2008


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Angie Nussmeyer, (317) 327-5099

Become a Friend of Democracy!


Clerk White launches program to recruit poll workers, register voters


INDIANAPOLIS – Today Marion County Clerk Beth White launched the ‘Friends of Democracy’ in an effort to involve more community organizations in the election process.

“Democracy is not a spectator sport. This program is designed to further the goal of getting more people actively involved in our democracy, whether it be working at the polls, holding a voter registration drive or simply reminding friends, family and co-workers of important election deadlines,” Clerk White said.

Enrolling in the program is simple. To become a ‘Friend,’ organizations are asked to review and complete a pledge card by making a commitment to:
• recruit Inspectors to work the polls on Election Day,
• remind voters to ‘know where to vote’ on Election Day,
• send e-mail reminders of voter registration and absentee deadlines or
• publish election-related articles in their newsletter.

Pledge cards are available on-line at www.indy.gov/election08 or by calling (317) 327-VOTE and can be mailed, faxed or emailed back to the Election Board. Materials like newsletter articles, forms and sample e-mail reminders are available on-line to help organizations fulfill their pledges. After the election, organizations will be contacted to see how they fared. Clerk White will present a certificate to those organizations that successfully complete their pledges.

“Successful elections require the support of thousands of voters throughout Marion County. I would encourage anyone interested in working the polls to reach out to the Election Board, get involved and be part of history,” White added.

The Indianapolis Bar Association was awarded the first ‘Friends of Democracy’ award at a board of directors meeting last week. The Indianapolis Bar Association was recognized for consistently recruiting poll workers, promoting the need for Election Day support and hosting Inspector training for attorneys seeking continuing legal education credit. The second recipient is a city department that enlisted more employees to work in the primary election than any other city or county agency.

For more information or to sign up to be an Inspector on November 4, visit www.indy.gov/election08 or call (317) 327-VOTE.

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