{ADVOCACY} The Gathering Place has an Advocacy Committee that looks at legislative and government-related issues that may impact our members and their families. The committee (made up of members who receive services, Board members, staff, and volunteers) has actively followed and spoken out on issues such as the 2012 “camping ban” in Denver and RTD’s recent fare restructure. The current focus is on helping members register to vote in time for the presidential election in November. Please take a look at the following article about those efforts from the latest TGP Post, which is our bi-weekly newsletter for members.

Are you registered to vote?

by Sarah Kinzer, VP of Programs & Services

The Gathering Place is committed to helping our members get registered to vote. Members may use the address of TGP as their legal voting address. Outlined below are ways we will be helping members get registered to vote.

Registering with Assistance: There are 3 dates that we will have volunteers who have been trained by the League of Women Voters here to help our members sign-up online or fill out voter registration forms to mail. This will take place in the Teen Lab (right next to the Computer Lab on the 3rd floor) on these days and times:
•Monday, September 12th 1:00 - 3:00 PM
•Tuesday, September 20th 9:00 - 11:00 AM
•Tuesday, October 18th 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Registering Online without Assistance: We will have flyers available in the Computer Lab that will walk our members through registering to vote on their own. You will need a Colorado ID or Driver’s License to register online. You don’t even have to be at our lab to register, you can register from any computer by going to https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter-classic/pages/pub/home.xhtml.

Registering via Mail without Assistance: We have Colorado Voter Registration Forms that will be available in both the Computer Lab and at the Resource Desk. These are the preferred form of registering if you do not have a Colorado ID or Driver’s License but you do know your Social Security Number. We can help members by providing a stamp to mail these registrations at the Resource Desk.

In a future column, I will address ways that TGP will help members vote: turning in their mail-in ballots to be sent off or delivered or helping members get to their polling places for in-person day of election voting. Stay tuned!

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