Being home sick and spending the day on the couch, I’ve been watching the sad news of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination in Pakistan. Combined with Care2’s Daily Action reminder today to register to vote, this has me thinking a lot about the tremendous risks men and women in other countries take to participate in the democratic process.
The U.S. presidential primaries begin soon (click here for Democratic schedule, here for GOP schedule). Yet 87 years and counting after American women gained a constitutional guarantee of the right to vote, only 65% of eligible American women voted in the last presidential election (although still beating the guys, who had a 62% turnout). Not registered? Not a problem: just click on Rock the Vote’s voter registration page, which will walk you through it quickly and easily. Alternately, the local League of Women Voters can provide information on registration (or just call or visit the local library).
Today’s mitzvah: Register to vote — or if you’re already registered, consider emailing this post to someone who may not yet be registered.