National NOW Times >> Fall 2003 >> Article
Get Involved Early! 2004 Presidential Primary and Caucus Calendar
Nearly half the adult population of the United States did not vote for president in the 2000 election. Of the 206 million citizens of voting age, 101 million people did not cast a ballot in the general election! What some call voter apathy is more likely voter distress, alienation and isolationdistress that their vote doesn't count, alienation from a political system seemingly controlled by insiders, and isolation from meaningful information about the candidates' positions on the issues and the impact of the elections on voters' daily lives.
In 2004, voter participation will be more important than ever. Feminists and other progressives must turn out in record numbers in order to ensure that our rights are not ravaged further by a second George W. Bush administration. But we must also be able to convince first-time and lapsed voters to show up at the polls. A candidate who energizes and inspires the public is key in this mission. It is crucial for women's rights supporters to participate early in the process and to select a candidate who can both beat Bush and bring new votes to the ballot boxes in November.
Contact your local NOW chapter to find out how you can help organize for next year's elections.
2004 Democratic Primaries and Caucuses
(Dates are subject to change, so check an election calendar or your local news media for the latest information.)
States without presidential primaries: Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Utah
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