Craig briefs for April 30

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— The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is taking calls about the Child Health Plan Plus.

April 27 to May 3 is "Cover the Uninsured Week," which attempts to spread awareness to the 47 million Americans - including nine million children - who are living without health care coverage.

The Child Health Plan Plus, or CHP+, provides full health care coverage for uninsured Colorado children and youths up to 18 years old.

"The program lets you take control of your family's health care," the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reported Tuesday in a news release. "It's low cost, and you don't have to worry about monthly fees. You can have it."

For more information, call Carol Sharp at the VNA at 871-7657 or the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition at 824-8000.

Women's Voices. Women Vote encourages unmarried Colorado women to register to vote

Continuing their campaign to register unmarried women to vote, Women's Voices Women Vote is mailing more than 3 million voter registration applications in 24 states.

In Colorado alone, more than 136,000 citizens will receive a voter registration application in the mail.

Women's Voices Women Vote, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of unmarried women participating in democracy, is mailing voter registration forms to more than 3 million homes in 24 states.

"We're in the midst of a sea of change in our country, as we're seeing a new America emerge right before our eyes," said Page Gardner, president of Women's Voices Women Vote.

"For the first time in our country's history, there are as many unmarried women as there are married, yet women on their own are still registering and voting less than their married sisters, leaving their voice absent from our democracy," she added.

Unmarried women - those single, separated, divorced or widowed - are 53 million of the voting-age population. Although they are potentially 26 percent of the electorate, they are 9 percentage points less likely to register and 13 percentage points less likely to vote than married women.

In the last presidential election in 2004, 20 million unmarried women were absent from the polls.

According to 2006 U.S. Census data, more than 250,700 unmarried women in Colorado were not registered, and more than 116,400 unmarried women were registered, but did not vote.

"A majority of households in our country are headed by an unmarried person," said Gardner. "Unmarried women are economically stretched, and their time is so valuable since they must provide for themselves and their families on their own. Making it as easy as possible to register to vote will ensure their voices are heard in our democracy."

To identify voter registration application recipients, Women's Voices Women Vote uses a sophisticated matching process that compares a consumer data file with the Colorado file of registered voters.

The National Voter Registration Application was created by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, an independent, bipartisan commission created from the Help America Vote Act of 2002, and is accepted in 48 states.

For more information about the voter registration applications, visit www.voterparticipationcenter.org.

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