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‘Get Out the Vote’ initiative seeks to boost voter turnout in Nevada County

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What: Sierra Harvest Soup Night

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. tonight

Where: Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 109 School St., Grass Valley

The message is simple: Exercise your right to vote.

Getting that message to people takes work.

“On any given day, we know people’s attention spans are brief,” said Joey Jordan, campaign manager for the “Get Out the Vote” initiative. “Constant reminders are necessary.”

Jordan, with the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County, is spearheading the group’s effort to register Nevada County voters and get them to the polls. She wants the county to have the largest percentage turnout out of all California counties this election cycle.

To achieve that goal, Jordan has connected with local media, businesses, chambers of commerce and others to push the “Get Out the Vote” message.

“We don’t want to take a stand on the issues, but rather inform the community of the options, let people make up their own minds,” said Jim Hemig, publisher of The Union.

Readers can find regular updates on Page A2 of The Union about where the League of Women Voters will hold voter registration drives.

Pascale Fusshoeller, editor of YubaNet, said she intends to constantly remind her readers about upcoming deadlines, like the May 23 deadline to register to vote for the June 7 election.

“It’s the right thing to do,” she added. “It’s the civic thing to do.”

Rita Stevens, news director with KNCO, said in an email her station always has supported the league during its candidate debates. It also covers and promotes its educational forums.

Jordan wants people to see daily reminders of the June primary and November general elections. Window posters and literature by a store’s cash register are two options.

An essay explaining the responsibility of voting isn’t Jordan’s plan. In fact, that particular message can turn away younger voters, she said.

“You make a message that works,” Jordan added. “You wouldn’t let me pick out your clothes or your tattoos. Why let me pick who governs you?”

Jordan wants to work with anyone in her effort to boost voter turnout. The league is developing a website for the voter drive, though it’s not yet ready. Users can download posters from the site, once it’s up, print them and post them in their windows to help the Get Out the Vote initiative.

The initiative formally kicks off at tonight’s Sierra Harvest Soup Night, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 109 School St.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the league at lwvwnc@gmail.com or 530-265-0956.

“Democracy is a participatory sport,” Jordan said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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