For immediate release
17 September 2012
Samantha Eldridge, 801.245.7210
Program Manager, Multicultural Affairs
Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts
Utah Multicultural Affairs Encourages Voter Registration
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% 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.
About the Department of Heritage and Arts
DHA’s mission is to enrich the quality of life for the people of Utah and nourish Utah’s economy. DHA creates, preserves, and promotes arts, heritage preservation and culture by offering a wide variety of programs through its six divisions: Utah State Library, Utah State History, Arts & Museums, Commission on Volunteers, Indian Affairs and Multicultural Affairs. By investing in Utah’s heritage, creative industries and diversity, DHA elevates Utah’s quality of life and contributes to Utah’s growing economy.