Housing Authority Residents Step Up at Community Voter Registration Drive
Source: Housing Authority of City of Santa Barbara
The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) and the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara welcomed residents to a special voter registration drive on Sept. 25 as part of National Voter Registration Day.
League of Women Voters and HACSB representatives were on hand at the Presidio Springs Apartments Community Room to help residents register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election or update their information if they had moved or changed names. The “Bring the Vote Home” event was a first for HACSB and open to the public. In all, staff and volunteers assisted 16 voters, including seniors, formerly homeless individuals and youth aging out of foster care (voting for the first time).
“It’s vital for everyone in our community to be heard, and we wanted to remove any obstacle that could get in the way of our residents participating in the November 6th election,” said Rob Fredericks, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Executive Director & CEO. “It is an honor to team up with the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara to be a resource for our residents through this important process.”
A recent Pew Research Center survey concluded that low-income citizens are more likely not to vote for a variety of reasons. Additionally, millions of Americans miss the opportunity to vote because they don’t know how to register, or they miss state registration deadlines.
In California, the voter registration deadline for the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 22. Voters will elect the governor, secretary of state, attorney general, 20 even-numbered State Senate district members, 80 State Assembly members, 53 members to the United States House of Representatives and one member to the United States Senate, among other elected officials.
Now in its seventh year, National Voter Registration Day has been a game-changing annual nonpartisan campaign to register hundreds of thousands of voters in communities and online.
California residents can register to vote online, by mail or in person. More information is available through the Santa Barbara County Elections Division, by phone at (800) SBC-VOTE or (800) 722-8683 or online at https://countyofsb.org/care/elections/registration.sbc.
About The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara
The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is a local public agency created for the purpose of providing safe, decent, and quality affordable housing and supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes, through a variety of federal, state, local and private resources. Since 1969, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara has developed and/or secured over 3,400 units of affordable rental housing for Santa Barbara through a variety of federal, state, local and private funding sources. Please visit the website at www.hacsb.org.