SALT LAKE CITY — Around 6 million Americans have reported they do not vote because they do not know how to register, or they missed their state’s voter registration deadline, according to the U.S. Census. Utah has been reported as having one of the lowest voting rates in the country.
Multicultural Affairs wants to ensure that all Utahns have the opportunity to register and participate in this year’s general election. “In Utah the ethnic population represents approximately 20 percent of the total population. As the State of Utah becomes more diverse, it is important that all groups participate in the political process of voting,” Multicultural Affairs Director Claudia Nakano said.
In recognition of National Voter Registration Day and in partnership with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, on Sept. 25, Multicultural Affairs will host a one-day event to help register or re-register voters ahead of the voter registration deadline. The event will be at the Rio Grande Depot, located at 300 South Rio Grande Street, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. To register to vote, individuals must be at least 18 years old on or before Nov. 6, 2012, must be a citizen of the United States, and must be a resident of Utah for at least 30 days before Nov. 6, 2012.