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

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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Voter Registration Script and Common Responses

How to ask someone to register to vote and respond to common concerns or objections.

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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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“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. HIPAA requires health centers to protect the privacy of their patients, but that doesn't mean they can't do civic engagement work.

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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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Collection of Voter Participation Research

Our public policy collection hosts a wide 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

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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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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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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Widgets and Web Badges for Your State

Place a Nonprofit VOTE badge on your website to show your support for voting and link to important state-specific election information.

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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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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

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.

Nonprofits, Voting and Elections Online

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

Other

866 Our Vote

An election protection coalition and hotline number lead by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.

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Reports

Getting Out the Vote

Green and Gerber's guide to getting out the vote, based on extensive field research and controlled experiments.

Getting Out the Vote Book

Factsheets

2014 GOTV Recommendations

Recommendations on getting out the vote from Analyst Institute based on repeated controlled experiments.

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Webpages

Ballot Measure Toolkit

Bolder Advocacy's ballot measure toolkit is a set of links to factsheets and other resources on 501(c)(3) ballot measure advocacy.

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Webpages

Taking the 501(h) Election for Lobbying

An explanation of the benefits of taking the 501(h) election to clarify and expand your lobby limit from the National Council of Nonprofits.

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Webpages

State Voter Registration Guides

Fair Election Legal Networks state by state guides to voter registration and other voting information.

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Toolkits & Guides

High School Registration Training Manual

This comprehensive training manual is a step-by-step guide to developing winning high school voter registration programs and encouraging young people to register and vote. It includes field-tested tips and a range of planning, training, and outreach tools.

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Webpages

Youth Voting Data Map

CIRCLE's interactive state-by-state map illustrates demographics and data on youth voting and youth registration for presidential and midterm elections over the last 30 years.

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Webpages

AIGA’s “Get Out The Vote” Campaign

AIGA hosts a collection of nonpartisan get-out-the-vote posters designed by their members to encourage the public to participate in the electoral process.

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Staff Policy for Election Season

This sample policy provides language you can use to remind your employees of the rules for 501(c)(3) employees.

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Reports

Influencing Public Policy in the Digital Age

This guide aims to answer the questions nonprofits most frequently face regarding the Internet and social media. FAQs are grouped both by organizational type and by social media type.

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Checklists

Election Checklist for Houses of Worship

This checklist describes the permissible election activities that houses of worship can participate in and outlines those that are prohibited.

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