On Sept. 25, the MGH will participate in National Voter Registration Day. Sponsored by Physicians for Policy Action, the MGPO, and Nursing and Patient Care Services – with support from the League of Women Voters – the event will feature information tables where staff, patients and visitors can register to vote in Massachusetts, update their personal information and prepare a voting plan for the mid-term elections Nov. 6. 

“We are hosting this event to support our employees and our patients as we prepare to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections and in 2020,” says Leigh Simmons, MD, of Internal Medicine and member of the physician advocacy group. “Voting and other forms of civic engagement are closely connected to health and well-being, and a voter registration drive in the hospital workplace makes good sense.”

Tables will be set up from 7 am - 9 am in the White corridor near Coffee Central and from 9 am - 9 pm in the area across from Eat Street Café. Massachusetts residents should bring their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number to complete their voter registration. Residents can still register without this information, but will be required to provide it at the polls. Educational materials will be available in multiple languages and volunteers also will be able to help residents of other states learn more about election details in their town or city.

“People who vote exhibit a host of other healthy behaviors,” says Regina LaRocque, MD, of the Infectious Disease Unit and member of Physicians for Policy Action. “We are thrilled that the hospital is dedicated to this important effort.”

For more information, or to volunteer at the Sept. 25 voter registration event, email rclarocque@mgh.harvard.edu.

This article was originally published in the 09/07/18 Hotline issue.