Today‘s the Day! The Bus Project is joining over 2,000 organizations around the country who are heeding President Barack Obama’s call to celebrate National Voter Registration Day.

Here’s how we’re celebrating:


Today, Bus volunteers are running voter registration drives at Aloha, Beaverton, Catlin Gabel, Cleveland, Corvallis, Crescent Valley, De La Salle North Catholic, Grant, International School of Beaverton, Jesuit,  Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Lincoln, Oregon Episcopal School, Southridge, St. Mary’s, Sunset, Valley Catholic, Westview, and Wilson High Schools, with special help from dedicated, inspiring high school interns through our partnership with the Junior States of America.


Bus volunteers are also running voter registration drives at Concordia University, University of Portland, Lewis and Clark, Pacific University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Warner Pacific, working with student governments, rad professors, Politicorps Alumni and volunteers brave enough to wear the Vote Bot costume and walk around with a clipboard on their own campus.


Community partners in Beaverton, Corvallis, Eugene, Portland, Milwaukie, Salem and Tualatin are running voter registration drives through partnerships with organizations including the Oregon Food Bank, Disability Rights Oregon, League of Women Voters, the Rosewood Initiative, Rose CDC, Washington County and Milwaukie Public Libraries, Portland Parks and Recreation’s Dishman and East Portland Community Centers, Outside In, New Avenues for Youth, the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center, Go By Bike, Oregon Environmental Council, Human Solutions, and many more.


Numerous elected officials will be registering voters in their neighborhood libraries, high schools and community centers with Bus Project volunteers. They’re joining passionate, engaged young leaders across the state who volunteered their time to help ensure every eligible Oregonian is going to get a ballot next year. Today wouldn’t happen without the spectacular work of interns and volunteers like Lucia, Inna, Claire, Reuben, Grace, Sydney, Ernesto, Kyla, Marley, Pablo, Autumn, Tyler, Karolina, Maia and so many more. The Bus Project was founded in 2001; many volunteers who made today happen aren’t much older than the Bus itself.


Can’t make it to volunteer with us today? You should still swing by our afterparty. We’ll be rocking out at Community Cycling Center’s Warehouse in Northeast Portland starting at seven a clock tonight. We’ll listen to Portland band New Zoos, take your photo at our photobooth, and give you a chance to high five VoteBot as we eagerly tally the day’s results to see how many cards we registered across the state.

Our afterparty starts at 7pm at the Community Cycling Center Warehouse at 1805 NE 2nd Avenue, next to the new Sizzle Pie. Car parking graciously provided by the Well Community Church across the street; the venue is on TriMet Bus lines 4, 44, 16, 72, and the A and B Streetcar Loops.

Big shoutouts to our generous hosts (Thanks, CCC!) and food donors including Voodoo Doughnut, Einstein Bagels, Southland Whiskey Kitchen, Hot Lips Soda, Lagunitas Brewing, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Good Neighbor Pizzeria, Flying Pie Pizzeria, Mississippi Pizza, and Por Que No.


It takes an awful lot of partners to build a movement to empower young Oregonians to become the next generation of voters and community leaders. Civic engagement is not a spectator sport. If you’d like to help, consider donating to the Bus Project Foundation.

See you tonight at the afterparty. It’s a great time to be on the Bus.

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