Join Clerk White for ‘First Tuesdays’
Voter education and outreach effort aimed at increasing participation in local elections
INDIANAPOLIS – Marion County Clerk Beth White announced today that she is hosting ‘First Tuesday’ events in 2010 in an effort to make the democratic process more accessible and inclusive.
“The goal of each ‘First Tuesday’ is to encourage residents to play a more active role in our democracy, whether it’s running for office, registering to vote for the first time or serving as a poll worker,” Clerk White said.
Clerk White will lead ‘First Tuesday’ meetings, focusing on one topic each month. Besides learning about elections, residents can register to vote and ask questions of Clerk White and her staff. Meetings will be held on the ‘First Tuesday’ of each month – a nod to Election Day, which is held in Indiana on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May and November.
The first three ‘First Tuesday’ dates and topics are outlined below:
Feb. 2, 2010 6-7 p.m. TOPIC: Filing for local office Warren Township Gov’t Center, 501 N. Post Rd.
Mar. 2, 2010 6-7 p.m. TOPIC: Filing campaign finance reports IBEW, Local 481, 1828 N. Meridian St.
Apr. 6, 2010 6-7 p.m TOPIC: Becoming a poll worker Washington Township Gov’t Center, 5302 N. Keystone Ave.
In addition to ‘First Tuesdays,’ Clerk White launched yVote! in the fall of 2008, giving high school students a hands-on demonstration of the county’s voting equipment and encouraging them to be civically engaged in their community. Through this program, she has registered more than 500 eligible high school students. Clerk White and her staff also regularly attend naturalization ceremonies to register Indiana’s newest citizens to vote. Through their efforts, nearly 1,050 newly naturalized citizens were registered to vote in 2009.
For more information about Marion County elections and upcoming deadlines, visit www.indy.gov/election or call (317) 327-5100.
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