Checklists

10 Things To Do Leading Up to Election Day

Ten things for a nonprofit to do encourage their community to vote in the weeks before Election Day.

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Toolkits & Guides

2016 National Voter Registration Day Communications Toolkit

Official timeline, media alerts, sample emails, social media posts, and talking points for National Voter Registration Day 2016.

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Toolkits & Guides

A Staff Voter Engagement Guide

Learn how to register and educate your staff, volunteers and board members.

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Toolkits & Guides

Toolkit for Staff Engagement to Register and Vote

This toolkit combines fact sheets, check lists and resources to help your staff and volunteers register and vote.

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Sample Script for Voter Registration with Common Responses

A sample voter registration script to use to train staff and volunteers. With common responses to hesitations by voter and script for asking those already registered to "pledge to vote".

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Toolkits & Guides

Disability Vote REVUP Toolkit

An online toolkit with resources and ideas from the American Association of People with Disabilities to promote voter registration and get out the vote activities.

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Toolkits & Guides

Tips to Encourage Staff and Volunteers to Vote

Ideas for encouraging your staff and volunteers to vote in an upcoming election.

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Sample Staff Policies for Time Off to Vote

Provides three sample policies for allowing staff to take time off to vote to use for your employee handbook or personnel policy.

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Sample Vote Email from CEO/ED

Two sample emails to send to staff to encourage them to vote. In word format for editing.

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Factsheets

What Can Nonprofit Staff Say About the Election

This discusses what nonprofit vote staff and volunteers can talk about when engaging with clients, constituents and others or responding to questions about candidates - while remaining nonpartisan.

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Toolkits & Guides

United Way Voter Engagement Toolkit

A comprehensive guide to voter engagement for United Way chapters, authored by Nonprofit VOTE.

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Factsheets

Filling Out and Returning Voter Registration Forms

Tips on how to fill out and return completed voter registration forms to elections officials.

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Webpages

Voter Registration Toolkit for Staff

A voter registration toolkit for nonprofits seeking to register their staff and volunteers to vote.

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Factsheets

Nonprofits Increase Voting

A 2010 study of nonprofit voter engagement at Detroit area nonprofits conducted by Nonprofit VOTE and Professor Kelly LeRoux.

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Factsheets

Using Social Media to Promote Voting

Answers to common questions about using social media at your nonprofit to promote voting.

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Checklists

2016 Voter Engagement Timeline

A calendar for nonprofits planning their voter outreach activities in 2016.

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Webinars

Engaging New Voters in 2016: The impact of nonprofits

When nonprofit staff and volunteers help their community members to register to vote or to sign a pledge to vote, they turn out at higher rates.

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Webinars

Election Reform Gains in 2015

2015 was a good year for measures designed to make it easier to register and vote. In this webinar we discuss some of those reforms and the effect they're expected to have.

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Factsheets

Planning and Running a (Staff) Voter Registration Activity

How to plan and run a voter registration activity aimed at your own staff, volunteers and board members.

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Factsheets

FAQ When Doing Voter Registration in Your State

Answers to common questions when doing voter registration.

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Factsheets

Reasons to Register to Vote

Messaging on why registering to vote and voting are so important - for you, for your nonprofit and for your community.

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Factsheets

Tips for Asking Someone to Register to Vote

These tips will help you be more effective when doing voter registration.

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Factsheets

Tips for Active Tabling

These tips will help you be more effective when tabling for voter registration.

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Other

“I work for a nonprofit…” Avery Label Template

The Nonprofit Votes Count campaigns "I work for a nonprofit and I vote" sticker in Avery Label template 5294

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“I volunteer at a nonprofit…” Avery Label Template

The Nonprofit Votes Count campaigns "I volunteer at a nonprofit and I vote" sticker in Avery Label template 5294

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“I volunteer at a nonprofit…” Sticker PDF

The Nonprofit Votes Count campaigns "I volunteer at a nonprofit and I vote" sticker design in PDF.

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“I work for a nonprofit…” Sticker PDF

The Nonprofit Votes Count campaigns "I work for a nonprofit and I vote" sticker design in PDF.

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Webpages

Nonprofit Votes Count Website

Resources to help nonprofit staff and volunteers register and vote. Sponsored by Independent Sector, National Council of Nonprofits and United Way Worldwide.

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Nonprofit Votes Count Logo PDF

Logo in PDF for the Nonprofit Votes Count campaign.

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Factsheets

HIPAA & Civic Engagement at CHCs

HIPAA is the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 related to safeguarding privacy for the health information of patients. This fact sheet discusses how civic engagement activities like voter registration are allowable under HIPAA.

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Reports

America Goes to the Polls 2014

America Goes to the Polls 2014 reports on national turnout and voting trends. It is the only place to find state-by-state turnout rankings.

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Webinars

Nonprofit VOTE Webinar Series

Nonprofit VOTE's monthly webinar series is a set of trainings and discussions on nonpartisan voter engagement for nonprofits, featuring experts in the field. Nonprofit staff, volunteers and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend free of charge.

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Voter Registration Training Video

This training video walks you through the process of asking a potential voter to register, as well as how to fill out a registration form. It features two scenarios, one for registering a new voter and another for updating an address.

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Nonprofit Voter

Nonprofit VOTE's monthly newsletter, the Nonprofit Voter, offers updates on election news and resources for nonprofits.

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Comments on IRS 501(c)(4) Proposal

Nonprofit VOTE's response to the IRS's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposing guidance for tax-exempt social welfare organizations, 501(c)(4)s, on candidate-related political activities. Submitted to the IRS on February 20th, 2014.

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Webpages

Collection of Voter Participation Research

Our public policy library hosts a selection of articles, reports, and studies on voter participation.

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Voting in Your State: A 50 State Guide

Access current state-specific voting information including eligibility, how to register and check your registration status, upcoming deadlines, and more.

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Checklists

Candidate Forum Checklist

A countdown to your candidate forum beginning four months out with a checklist of items for each month and the days and weeks leading up to the event.

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Serving Democracy: Nonprofit Voter Engagement

This article, published in the Nonprofit Quarterly, outlines the essential components of nonprofit voter engagement, the agency-based model, challenges and opportunities, and new research.

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Webpages

Voting and Domestic Violence: Privacy for voters

Because of privacy concerns, many survivors of domestic violence are reluctant to register to vote. However, many states administer confidentiality programs that can protect a voter's information. Learn more about what is available in your state.

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Webpages

Voting with a Disability

Access state-specific information and resources for voters with disabilities.

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Voting and Homelessness

People currently experiencing homelessness often face obstacles when registering to vote. Learn about these challenges and resources that are available.

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Webpages

Voting as an Ex-Offender

In all but two states, voting age citizens convicted of a felony are barred from voting for at least some period of time. Learn about the laws in your state so you can provide accurate information to voters in your community.

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Webinars

Voter Registration Modernization

Learn about laws and policies states have enacted to update their voter registration systems--including innovations online registration, Election Day Registration, and portable registration.

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Checklists

Seven Principles for Getting Out the Vote

Follow these simple and effective principles to effectively get-out-the-vote at your nonprofit.

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Posters

Register to Vote Poster

Promote voter registration at your nonprofit by printing and hanging this poster in a prominent location.

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Webinars

Nonprofits and Election Protection

Learn how your nonprofit can help ensure that your clients, constituents, and community members have the information and resources they need to successfully cast a ballot.

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Factsheets

Nonprofits and Ballot Measures

Find out how take a stand for or against a ballot measure, or provide neutral information about what is on the ballot.

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Other

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is annual event that mobilizes organizations across the country to register their communities to vote.

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Factsheets

National Voter Registration Act

Learn about the role the National Voter Registration Act plays in requiring public assistance agencies to offer voter registration to clients.

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Checklists

Getting Started with Voter Engagement

Use this checklist to consider your capacity and plans for voter engagement, as well as what information and resources you'll need.

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Webinars

Getting Started with Voter Engagement at Your Nonprofit

This introduction to nonpartisan, nonprofit voter engagement work covers planning, voter registration, and get out the vote efforts - while focusing on services you already provide.

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Webinars

Candidate Forums & Appearances

Learn about techniques for organizing an effective candidate forum and how to stay nonpartisan throughout the process, and gather tools to help you every step of the way.

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Factsheets

Candidate Appearances at Your Nonprofit Event

Understand the three situations in which candidates may appear at your nonprofit and how to ensure that it remains nonpartisan.

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Webinars

Being Nonpartisan: 501(c)(3) Guidelines

This webinar covers the basics of nonpartisan voter engagement work for 501(c)(3) nonprofits, offering helpful tips on how to remain nonpartisan throughout the process.

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Reports

America Goes to the Polls 2012

America Goes to the Polls 2012 reports on national turnout and voting trends. It is the only place to find state-by-state turnout rankings.

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Reports

America Goes to the Polls 2010

America Goes to the Polls 2010 reports on national turnout and voting trends. It is the only place to find state-by-state turnout rankings.

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Reports

America Goes to the Polls 2008

America Goes to the Polls 2008 reports on national turnout and voting trends. It is the only place to find state-by-state turnout rankings.

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Reports

America Goes to the Polls 2006

America Goes to the Polls 2006 reports on national turnout and voting trends. It is the only place to find state-by-state turnout rankings.

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Toolkits & Guides

A Voter Registration Toolkit

This toolkit describes the basic principles of nonpartisan voter registration for nonprofit organizations, and how to take advantage of your daily interactions with clients and constituents.

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Checklists

A Voter Registration Checklist

This one-page checklist covers the basics for successful voter registration work - from making a plan to learning about the rules in your state.

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Toolkits & Guides

A Voter Participation Starter Kit

The Starter Kit is an introduction to nonpartisan voter registration, voter education, and get-out-the-vote work that emphasizes how to integrate voter engagement into your organization's ongoing activities and services.

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Checklists

501(c)(3) Permissible Activities

Nonprofits are permitted to engage in a wide variety of voter outreach activities, including voter registration, voter education and Get Out The Vote.

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Toolkits & Guides

Voting & Elections: A 501(c)(3) Guide

This online introduction to 501(c)(3) nonprofit voter engagement work describes a range of appropriate and legal activities and details easy ways to engage all members of your community.

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Toolkits & Guides

Hosting a Candidate Forum

To-do lists, dos and don'ts, and a planning timeline, as well as tips on how to attract candidates, select a format, publicize the event, and ensure your forum stays nonpartisan.

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Partner Resources

Webpages

NALEO Voting Information: 888-Ve Y Vota

NALEO's voting information page features how to register and how get help from their a bilingual voter hotline, 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA.

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Toolkits & Guides

Homeless Voter Registration Manual – 2016

Called "You Don't Need a Home to Vote", it provides ten pages of ideas to register voters who are currently without homes. It has a GOTV section and state specific rules. By the National Coalition for the Homeless.

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Toolkits & Guides

Natl Low Income Housing Voter Engagement Toolkit-2016

A detailed plan for a housing groups to do voter registration and get out the vote with residents and constituents. At their homes or during services. By the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).

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Factsheets

Commenting on Candidates and Campaigns in an Election Year

How 501(c)(3)s can respond to candidate's position on issues during an election year.

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Disability Vote – Voter Pledge Card Template

A sample Voter Pledge Card from the Disability Vote program of AAPD.

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Factsheets

Postcard Application Fact Sheet for Voters Overseas

A fact sheet from the Federal Voting Assistance Program on how members of the military and U.S. citizens living outside the country can use a federal post card to register and apply for and receive their mail ballot.

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Factsheets

FAQs for Military and Overseas Voters

A fact sheet from the Federal Voting Assistance Program on voting for service members and U.S. citizens living outside the U.S.

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Voting and Health: Five Reasons Why Voting is Good for You

A slide show cities research on the health benefits of voting and civic engagement.

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Webpages

Military and Overseas Voters Register and Vote

Register to vote, request an absentee ballot or check the status of your ballot. Select your home state. A service of the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

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Posters

2016 Vote Poster for Overseas Voters

A poster from the Federal Voting Assistance Program on how overseas citizens can register and vote from anywhere in the world

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Posters

Vote Poster for Military Voters

Poster by the Federal Voting Assistance Program on how military or uniformed voters can register and vote absentee in the 2016 election.

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