2017 THIRD DISTRICT VREM RATIONALE: Every Chapter within the Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated is required to make a concerted effort to conduct a Voter Registration, Education, and Mobilization (VREM) program each year. Encouraging participation in the voting process to elect state and local government officials is critical to moving our country forward, and the Men of Omega can have a great impact within our communities and country at large in facilitating this participation. Omega Men have always answered the call regarding civic duties, including most notably voter registration. Our tradition in civic involvement traces back to our founding founders and we must continue our efforts in this regard to help shape the future of our local and state communities and, ultimately, of our country.
OBJECTIVE: As a Mandated Program of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., we intend to conduct non-‐‑partisan VREM activities and events designed to increase registered voters and increase educational awareness among citizens within the Third District. Additionally, the District through its Chapters will undertake a mobilization campaign by providing transportation to the polls on Election Day for those citizens who may require such assistance to vote.
GOALS: The goal of the 2017 effort is to register 250 new voters (per graduate chapter) and 100 new voters (per undergraduate chapter), and obtain the information needed to assist with the transportation needs of registered voters in the service area. To realize this goal, we intend to utilize a multi-tiered approach, including for example distributing informational and voting registration literature at school events (games, meetings, graduations, etc.). See discussion of Voter Registration Drives below.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
- June Primaries – Governor, Lt. Governor, House of Delegates, and Local offices – June 13, 2017
- Last Day to Register to Vote for General Election and Special Election – Monday, October 16, 2017
- Deadline to Apply for Absentee Ballot for General Election – Tuesday, October 31, 2017
- General Election and Special Election Day – November 17, 2017
VIRGINIA BOARD OF ELECTIONS WEBSITE: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BOARD OF ELECTIONS WEBSITE: https://www.dcboee.org/voter_info/index.asp
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ELECTIONS SCHEDULE: http://elections.mytimetovote.com/dates/washington_dc.html
Fraternally and respectfully submitted,
Brother Jarvais Wilson
Third District Social Action Committee
Sub-Chairman, Voter Registration, Education, and Mobilization