Ahead of Major Voter Deadline, Project Register Celebrates 200 Participants

Jul 2, 2018
Press Release


NASHVILLE – A day before Tennesseans must register to vote in order to participate in the Aug. 2 elections, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) and Tennessee State Sen. Steve Dickerson announced a big milestone for Project Register, a nonpartisan community initiative they created to raise awareness about online voter registration in Middle Tennessee.

Since the program launched six months ago, 200 companies, universities and other organizations have joined the effort by encouraging employees to get registered and check their voter status.

From Middle Tennessee’s largest employers to small businesses, nonprofits, sports teams and community organizations, Project Register’s participants employ 382,000 people who share a commitment to improve voter participations rates in Tennessee.

“I’ve never had an easier time encouraging people to join any other effort,” Rep. Cooper said. “Middle Tennessee employers understand the importance of voting and raising our state’s low rankings. I’m thankful that so many organizations are happy to help spread the word about our most significant right as Americans.”

“We have received a huge response from the Nashville business community,” Sen. Dickerson said. “It’s been a big success and a great experience for all concerned.”

At the start of Project Register, Tennessee was ranked 40th in voter registration and 50th in voter turnout; the Volunteer State was home to more than 838,000 adults who were not registered to vote.

Along with incorporating voter registration into their new-hire onboarding processes, participating companies agree to remind employees twice annually to vote online.

Earlier this month, Project Register participants received a message reminding them to notify their employees ahead of the upcoming Aug. 2 elections.

A wide variety of companies followed up and sent reminders to employees, including Fisk University, Vanderbilt University, ThinkTennessee, the Center for Nonprofit Management, St. Thomas Health and Regions Bank. Other organizations, including the Nashville Predators and the John and Natasha Deane Foundation, produced video reminders.

The document attached here includes a list of all 200 Project Register participants.

Tomorrow is the deadline to register in the Aug. 2 election. Register to vote online at https://ovr.govote.tn.gov/.