Massive Voter Registration Participation Drive Unveiled

*"25,000 in 2000" Committee formed to turn out 25,000 new Armenian-American voters for the 2000 elections.

GLENDALE–A committee chaired by Glendale City Councilman Rafi Manoukian that includes many prominent community members Wednesday announced a non-partisan program to register and turn out 25,000 new Armenian American voters in the Glendale–Burbank–Pasadena and Hollywood areas for the March 2000 primary and the November 2000 General election.

The area includes the 27th Congressional District–the 21st State Senate District and the 43rd and 44th Assembly districts. "Because of the marginal nature of all the districts in the area–the voters that we will turn out could be the deciding factor in all the critical races in the area," said Rafi Manoukian. "These citizens have already demonstrated that they will follow very closely the candidates’ stance on issues ranging from the US policy on the Armenian Genocide and Nagorno-Karabakh to measures improving the quality of life in Southern California," added Manoukian.

The focus of the "25000 in 2000" Committee is to turn out 10,000 new Armenian American voters that did not vote in the June 1998 primary for the March 2000 primary. And to bring out 15,000 new Armenian American voters that did not vote in November 1998 General election to vote in November 2000 elections.

In order to reach these goals–the committee will implement an aggressive program of voter education–registration and turn out that will be carried out through both a media campaign and using one-on-one voter contact.

To implement this program the committee has listed the services of the consulting firm EDH and Associates–the most prominent grass roots and voter contact/voter turn out firm in Southern California.

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