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SOS > Media Center >  Press Releases > 2004 Press Releases > For Immediate Release: January 21, 2004 Rokita to chair NASS Voter Participation Subcommittee

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National Young Voter Summit planned for February



Indianapolis, IN -- When the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) meets in Washington D.C. in February, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita will be serving as chairman of the Voter Participation subcommittee.

"There is an apathy toward voting in this country that we must address for the sake of our democracy. As election officials, we must confront this problem head on and seek solutions to the troubling trend of declining voter turnout, which is particularly prevalent among young people," Rokita said.

Rokita's first priority as chairman will be to coordinate the New Millennium Young Voters Summit timed to coincide with NASS's annual February conference. The chief election officials from each state have been encouraged to attend and to bring at least one young person from their states to participate in the one-day summit focused on reaching out to young people and increasing voter turnout among young adults.

"Since the voting age was lowered to 18 from 21 in 1971, the number of people in this age range who vote has consistently declined," Rokita said. "The Young Voter Summit will bring young voters, election administrators and policy makers together to share ideas and formulate plans to encourage young people to become civically engaged."

Highlights of the summit will include a presentation of the latest research on the voting habits of young adults, a congressional panel, state success stories, suggestions as to how to make voting more accessible, views from young adults regarding the challenges involved in voting and the obstacles to getting involved, and recommendations as to how to improve the sense of civic responsibility in young people.

This free event requires advance registration. Please contact NASS at (202) 624-3525 or http://www.stateofthevote.org/ for more information. Registration forms are available at http://www.nass.org/.