For Immediate Release-Monday November 14th 2011 Media Contact: Amy Steele, Amy@lunamediagroup.

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President of Organization for Young Americans to Defend Student Voting Rights at Congressional Forum Today
Youth Expert and Activist Matthew Segal Joins Fight for Voter Equality at House Judiciary Committee Forum on New State Voter Laws
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Matthew Segal, President and co-founder of OURTIME.org – a national, non-profit organization standing up for Americans under 30 – will testify at a House Judiciary Committee forum to claim equal voting rights for student voters. Speaking on behalf of his generation, Segal will comment on the new restrictive voting registration laws for students at the Congressional forum “Excluded from Democracy: The Impact of Recent State Voting Law Changes.” Below are experts of Segal’s speech to be given today at the House Judiciary Committee Forum: “Nearly six years ago when I was 19 years old, I had the privilege of testifying at a House Judiciary Committee forum you assembled in Washington after the 2004 election called “Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio.” I was a freshman at Kenyon College at the time, and I discussed the 12-hour long voting lines, lack of voting machines allocated, and widespread student disenfranchisement that occurred throughout Ohio and all 50 states. Sadly, Mr. Chairman, I have the unfortunate news of reporting that our voting rights are worse off today than they were six years ago. “With thousands of young Americans spearheading Occupy Wall Street protests every day, it would be very unwise to label our generation as an apathetic one. Yet, it is a sad testament to our electoral process that so many of the protesters involved tell us they find camping out to be an easier and more productive form of political engagement than the process of casting a ballot. This must end if we are to pass along the mantle of democracy with any semblance of integrity, and I hope the members of this committee will work tirelessly in joining me in the struggle.” To read Segal’s full testimony, please click here. The hearing takes place at 2 p.m. today at 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and can

be viewed live on CSPAN 3. OUR TIME is a national organization founded and run by young Americans, leveraging pop culture, business partnerships, and online organizing to drive civic engagement through economic empowerment. To follow OUR TIME on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/OurTimeOrg. Or to follow OUR TIME on Twitter, go to: www.Twitter.com/OurTimeOrg. ### 


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