Free voter registration, education and protection at YWCA on Feb. 11

WHO: The YWCA of Asheville, AAUW Asheville, and Democracy NC

Press Release

From YWCA of Asheville:

WHAT: Jumpstart the Vote: A free training for those currently involved in or interested in learning more about local voter registration, voter education, and voter protection. This regional training is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

WHEN: February 11, 2014; TWO different times: 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm

WHERE: YWCA Multipurpose Room, 185 S. French Broad Ave.

The YWCA of Asheville and the AAUW are pleased to host Operation Jumpstart – a coordinated, statewide campaign to counter the wave of new voting restrictions with hundreds of local nonpartisan projects that help citizens register, get photo IDs, and understand the big changes in North Carolina’s election law. As the campaign coordinator, Democracy North Carolina connects people and organizations working in the same area, provides a variety of materials, and helps groups create a program or ministry with practical goals that advance voter education, voter registration and voting protection.

Participants will learn more about Operation Jumpstart, and receive information about subjects including assisting people with obtaining ID and advocating for early voting plans. Attendees will leave with solid actions and better tools to get the job done.

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The YWCA of Asheville is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. We offer programs that bridge gaps in education, health care, child care and earning power. These programs include a Child Care Center, School-Age Program (After-School and Summer Camp), MotherLove (mentoring for teen moms), Drop-In Childcare (support for women improving their economic future), Preventive Health/Diabetes Wellness, Aquatics and the YWCA Club W Fitness Center. The YWCA has been in Asheville since 1907 and currently serves more than 2,500 families a year. Learn more at

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. The Local Branch of AAUW works diligently to eliminate all barriers for women and children following the AAUW National Policies through the GEM fundraising program that provides scholarships to non-traditional aged women seeking higher education degrees at AB Tech and UNCA, and through our members volunteering at the YWCA drop-in day care center, which allows women to go to college classes and have job interviews knowing their children are safe. The newly formed Action Advocacy Special Interest Group is working on all the steps needed to get out the vote in 2014.

Democracy North Carolina is a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to increase voter participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics and achieve a government that is truly of the people, for the people and by the people. Democracy NC grew out of Democracy South which began as a project of the Institute for Southern Studies. For more than 20 years, we’ve taken on powerful industries and political leaders, regardless of party, and promoted reforms that expand public involvement in the political process.


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