New York Joins National Popular Vote Movement . April 30, 2014

Earlier this month, New York Governor Cuomo signed a bill adding the state to the National Popular Vote Compact. New York’s 29 electoral votes bring the total to 165, 61% of the 270 that are needed to guarantee a majority in the Electoral College. Supporters of National Popular Vote see it as a remedy to read more

Webinar Materials: Who Votes Now? . April 25, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality and Turnout in the United States, is now available. Many thanks to Professor Nagler for joining us. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion read more

Pew Releases Elections Performance Index Update . April 22, 2014

Earlier this month, Pew Charitable Trusts released new data for their Elections Performance Index (EPI), an online tool that provides a comprehensive assessment of election administration in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Originally unveiled in 2012, the revised interactive adds data from the 2012 elections and makes it possible for the first read more

Webinar Materials: Getting Started . April 18, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Getting Started: Nonpartisan Voter Engagement at Your Nonprofit, is now available. Many thanks to MassVOTE’s Sara Brady for sharing her expertise. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion of the read more

April 24th Webinar: Who Votes Now? . April 14, 2014

In addition to our April 17th webinar on getting started, we also have a special webinar next week on voter turnout: Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality and Turnout in the United States Thursday April 24th at 2:00pm Eastern Hear about the turnout and representation gap and its implications for your nonprofit and community. This read more

Nonprofits, Voting and Elections: A 501(c)(3) Guide to Nonpartisan Voter Engagement . April 10, 2014

Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to announce that an updated version of our resource, Nonprofits, Voting and Elections: A 501(c)(3) Guide to Nonpartisan Voter Engagement, is now available online. It is designed to provide guidance to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations interested in encouraging voting and voter participation among their staff, board, clients, constituents, and communities. It covers read more

Who Votes Matters . April 8, 2014

30 years ago common wisdom said there was little difference between the beliefs of voters and non-voters. However, a new book, Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality and Turnout in the United States, shows that today there’s a marked difference between the issue preferences of those who vote and those who don’t. The groups divide read more

April 17th Webinar: Getting Started . April 7, 2014

Interested in voter engagement but not sure where to start? Then join us for: Getting Started: Nonpartisan Voter Engagement at Your Nonprofit Thursday April 17th at 2:00pm Eastern This introduction to nonprofit voter engagement work covers the basics while focusing on how to integrate activities into the services you already provide. We’ll cover voter registration, read more

Nebraska to Allow Online Voter Registration . April 1, 2014

Yesterday, Nebraska’s governor signed a bill (LB 661) into law that will enable online voter registration by the middle of 2015. The new system will also allow voters to update their registration information. Governor Heineman said, “This is a huge, big step forward in terms of what we do with voter registration.” Voters hoping to read more

Webinar Materials: Being Nonpartisan – 501(c)(3) Voter Engagement . March 25, 2014

Last week’s webinar, Being Nonpartisan: Voter Engagement for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits, is now available. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion of the presentation, or browse all of our nonpartisan resources on staying read more

Online Voter Registration Live in Connecticut . February 25, 2014

As of last week, Connecticut’s online voter registration website is live. Online registration is just one of Connecticut’s election modernization efforts authorized by 2012 legislation. Election Day Registration was recently implemented in Connecticut’s 2013 municipal elections. Currently 19 states allow for full online registration and another 6 allow for limited online registration. Visit our 50 read more

Thursday Webinar: Making a 2014 Voter Engagement Plan . February 24, 2014

Missed last month’s webinar? No problem, we can still help you make a plan for your 2014 voter engagement work. Register now for this week’s webinar: Plan Ahead 2014: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit Thursday February 27th at 2:00pm Eastern The 2014 midterm elections will be here soon, and it’s time to read more

Comments to IRS: Protect Our Nonpartisan Voice for Civic Engagement and Democracy . February 20, 2014

This week, Nonprofit VOTE responded to the IRS proposal to limit the political activities of 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations. Comments are due February 27th. Nonprofit VOTE and its partners welcome IRS action to stop the rising abuse of 501(c)(4) nonprofits to channel large amounts of secret, undisclosed money into political campaigns. However, in its attempt read more

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Montana Voters to Decide Future of EDR . February 19, 2014

Earlier this month, the Montana Supreme Court ruled that a legislative referendum to end Election Day voter registration can appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot. Called the Montana Late Voter Registration Revision Measure, LR-126, it seeks to eliminate Election Day Registration (EDR), instead closing voter registration on the Friday before Election Day. While the read more

Nonprofit VOTE Connects with Secretaries of State . February 18, 2014

Last week, Nonprofit VOTE was in Washington, DC at the winter conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) to present to their Voter Participation Committee on National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). Nonprofit VOTE’s Executive Director, George Pillsbury, and Voto Latino’s Partnership Director, Jessica Reeves talked to the Secretaries about the day’s success read more

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Community Health Vote . February 14, 2014

Community Health Vote is a project to support the nation’s 1,200 community health centers in establishing nonpartisan voter registration as one of the services they provide to their patients and communities on an ongoing basis. Its new website hosts an array of state-specific registration materials, including a community health center toolkit. Like other 501(c)(3) nonprofits, read more

February 27 Webinar: Making a 2014 Voter Engagement Plan . February 11, 2014

Missed last month’s webinar? No problem, we can still help you make a plan for your 2014 voter engagement work. Register now for: Plan Ahead 2014: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit Thursday February 27th at 2:00pm Eastern The 2014 midterm elections will be here soon, and it’s time to start thinking about read more

New Resource: 2014 Voter Engagement Timeline . February 10, 2014

To help you plan and organize your voter engagement work this year, we’ve created a 2014 Voter Registration and Engagement Timeline for Nonprofits and Human Service Agencies. Broken down by month, this checklist will help ensure your work is on track. It highlights planning activities for early in the year, ideas for testing out your read more

Report and Recommendations from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration . February 7, 2014

Last month, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration released a report with recommendations to improve the voting experience. The report comes after a six month examination that included public hearings and consultations with state and local election officials, academic experts, and organizations and associations involved in voting or election administration. The Commission’s key recommendations call read more

UK Celebrates First National Voter Registration Day . February 5, 2014

It’s National Voter Registration Day in the UK! Why February 5th? It’s the anniversary of the Reform Act of 1832 that first introduced voter registration to England and Wales. The UK’s inaugural National Voter Registration Day is being organized by Bite The Ballot to encourage more young people to cast their vote in general elections. read more

Report on 2013 National Voter Registration Day . January 28, 2014

Last week, National Voter Registration Day released their 2013 Field and Communications report. Despite 2013 being an off-year election cycle, the second annual NVRD had a presence in all 50 states and remained a popular event. Additionally, secretaries of state across the country embraced National Voter Registration Day in 2013. Last year: 931 partners and read more

Nonprofit VOTE’s New Online Voter Engagement Resource Library . January 27, 2014

Earlier this month, Nonprofit VOTE debuted our new website. Featured on the site is the nation’s largest online library of voter engagement resources for nonprofits. The library contains over 200 guides, toolkits, factsheets, posters, training presentations, and information about nonprofits and elections. It includes the latest voter engagement resources from Nonprofit VOTE and its partners, read more

Webinar Materials: Making a 2014 Voter Engagement Plan . January 24, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Plan Ahead 2014: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit, is now available. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion of the presentation, or browse all of our nonpartisan read more

Pew Poll Reveals Inconsistent Knowledge About Elections . January 16, 2014

A new poll from The Pew Charitable Trusts indicates that many voters are not well-informed about election policies.   Among registered voters living in states with early voting: 11% did not realize that their state offered the option of voting early. 11% were unsure whether early voting was available in their state. Among registered voters read more

New Year, New Website . January 7, 2014

Nonprofit VOTE is kicking off 2014 with a new look! Today we’re debuting our redesigned website. The site is simple, clean, easy to navigate, and of course nonpartisan and nonprofit friendly! Although the design may be different, the quality content and helpful resources haven’t changed. Featured on the site is our new online voter engagement read more

January 23rd: Making a Voter Engagement Plan . January 2, 2014

It’s January, which means it’s time to start making a voter engagement plan! The midterm elections are November 4th, and 35 Senate seats and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election. At least 21 states will have state-wide ballot measures. Make sure your nonprofit is prepared by joining our January read more

Thank You for an Incredible 2013! . December 30, 2013

Before 2013 comes to a close, we want to a take a brief moment to thank our partners, our supporters, and nonprofits across the country for supporting voting. 2013 was an exciting year for Nonprofit VOTE: We debuted brand-new research on the impact of nonprofit voter engagement, including both turnout data and case studies. The read more

The State of Felon Disenfranchisement in 2013 . December 27, 2013

Earlier this year, the Sentencing Project gave an update on felon disenfranchisement in the United States. Currently, 5.85 million Americans are prohibited from voting due to laws that disenfranchise citizens convicted of felony offenses. Only two states–Maine and Vermont–do not restrict the voting rights of anyone with a felony conviction, even while in prison. However, read more

New Interactive Map from the Census Bureau . December 17, 2013

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released Census Explorer, a new interactive map that gives users easier access to neighborhood-level statistics. The map uses the most current statistics, updated from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey. Topics currently available in Census Explorer include: Total population, Percent 65 and older, Foreign-born population percentage, Percent of the population with read more

New Project Vote Policy Paper: Early Voting . December 16, 2013

Project Vote’s map of early and absentee voting, 2013. Last month, Project Vote released their latest policy paper, this one on Early Voting. Although voting has traditionally taken place on a single Election Day, in recent years many states have expanded opportunities to vote before Election Day–generally to accommodate voter schedules and in the hopes read more

What We Learned in 2013 . December 13, 2013

As 2013 ends, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what we learned this year. This summer, Nonprofit VOTE released a two-part report, Can Nonprofits Increase Voting Among Their Clients, Constituents, and Staff? An Evaluation of the Track the Vote Program. While Part I of the report showcases the impact of nonprofit voter engagement on read more

January Webinar: Making a Plan for 2014 . December 11, 2013

Midterm elections are next year and 35 Senate seats will be up for election along with all 435 seats in the House of Representatives. At least 21 states will have state-wide ballot measures. Join our January webinar to ensure your nonprofit is prepared: Plan Ahead 2014: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit  Thursday read more

The IRS Moves to Limit Political Activity by 501(c)(4) Nonprofits . November 30, 2013

Election spending by 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations not required to disclose their donors mushroomed from a few million in 2006 to over $250 million in 2012. On Thanksgiving eve, the IRS and Treasury department released a long awaited proposal to define and restrict the political activity of 501(c)(4) organizations. What are they proposing? Is it read more

Connecticut Debuts Election Day Registration . November 26, 2013

This month’s municipal elections in Connecticut marked the first time voters in the state could register on Election Day. In Connecticut, Election Day Registration is not available at polling places. Instead, each town has a designated Election Day Registration location. Secretary of State Denise Merrill estimates that between 1,500 and 2,000 people took advantage of Election read more

CIRCLE Reports on Youth Turnout in NJ and VA . November 22, 2013

According to CIRCLE’s calculations of exit polls, youth turnout was 26% in Virginia and 18% in New Jersey this year.  Using the same methods, CIRCLE concluded that youth turnout in Virginia was 17% in 2009 and 18% in 1997, and in New Jersey 26% in 1997 and 19% in 2009. This suggests a significant increase read more

Washington Voters Reject Changes to Initiative Process . November 21, 2013

This post was written by Aisia Davis, Nonprofit VOTE’s Administrative Assistant and a 2L student at New England Law | Boston. Earlier this month, Washington voters rejected a proposal that would have increased the profitability of the signature gathering business by altering the state’s initiative process. Washington is one of 24 states which use an read more

Voter Engagement Case Studies – Learning From 2012 . November 12, 2013

How do nonprofits carry out voter engagement work? Our report Can Nonprofits Increase Voting Among Their Clients, Constituents, and Staff? Case Studies describes how 16 organizations engaged their communities around the 2012 election. These organizations were among the 94 nonprofit service providers that tracked their voter contacts with 33,741 individuals last year. They ranged from read more

New Reports on Disability and Voter Turnout . November 8, 2013

The National Council on Disability and the Research Alliance for Accessible Voting have both released new reports on the Experience of Voters with Disabilities in the 2012 Election Cycle and Disability, Voter Turnout, and Voting Difficulties in the 2012 Elections. They found that 15.6 million people with disabilities reported voting in the November 2012 elections. read more

Webinar Materials: Nonprofits Increase Voting . October 25, 2013

Yesterday’s webinar, Nonprofits Increase Voting: Findings from 2012, is now available. Many thanks to Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg of CIRCLE and Isela Gutiérrez-Gunter from Democracy North Carolina for joining us for this discussion. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the read more

Thursday: Nonprofits Increase Voting – Findings from 2012 . October 21, 2013

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar:  Nonprofits Increase Voting: Findings from 2012 Thursday October 24th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern What happens when nonprofits talk to their constituents about voting? To find out, Nonprofit VOTE and its partners enlisted 94 nonprofit service providers to track their voter contacts with 33,741 individuals in seven states during the read more

Get Out the Vote Tools for 2013 . October 9, 2013

Currently, 44 states have voter registration lookup tools and 48 have polling place finders. Wouldn’t it be great if this (and other) election information was available in one place? You’re in luck, it is! Visit our 50 state map to: Find Your Poll Check Your Voter Registration Learn About Voter ID Requirements You can also read more

"Yes, we vote" . October 8, 2013

By Michael Weekes, President of the Providers’ Council. Reprinted from The Provider, the newspaper of the Providers’ Council, Summer 2013 issue.   Nonprofit VOTE, the nation’s leading nonpartisan source focused on engaging nonprofits in registering voters and promoting voting through mission-focused activities, has released a seminal report on voting rates for those connected with nonprofits. read more

October Webinar: Nonprofits Increase Voting – Findings from 2012 . September 30, 2013

Nonprofits Increase Voting: Findings from 2012 Thursday October 24th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternWhat happens when nonprofits talk to their constituents about voting? To find out, Nonprofit VOTE and its partners enlisted 94 nonprofit service providers to track their voter contacts with 33,741 individuals in seven states during the 2012 election. Afterward, CIRCLE conducted an independent analysis of read more

Minnesota Voters Can Now Register Online . September 27, 2013

Yesterday, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State announced voters can now register to vote (or update their information) online and that military and overseas voters will be able to apply online for an absentee ballot at mnvotes.org. The Secretary of State’s office touted the online registration process as a way to “deliver convenience read more

Secretaries of State Embrace National Voter Registration Day . September 26, 2013

Not only did the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) declare September National Voter Registration Month, but they once again endorsed National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). On Tuesday September 24th, more than a dozen secretaries of state participated in the second annual National Voter Registration Day by promoting voter registration, hosting special events, or read more

It’s National Voter Registration Day! . September 24, 2013

Today is National Voter Registration Day! This second annual holiday for democracy will bring together hundreds of organizations across the country as we register our communities to vote. Participate in the celebration by: Joining the conversation. Celebrate NVRD by promoting voter registration–send emails to colleagues, tweet with #CelebrateNVRD, and encourage others to spread the word read more

Integrating Voter Registration into the Enrollment Process . September 16, 2013

By Dana Lawrence, Director of Communications and Grassroots Advocacy at the Michigan Primary Care Association. A version of this post appeared on their website. Last week a group of folks from Michigan Health Centers and other nonprofit organizations came together for a training presented by Michigan Primary Care Association in collaboration with Nonprofit VOTE, Michigan read more

Webinar Materials: Voter Registration for Nonprofits . September 13, 2013

Yesterday’s webinar, Ready, Set, Register: Voter Registration for Nonprofits, is now available. Many thanks to Rebecca Gorrell from the Colorado Participation Project for joining us for this discussion. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and read more

New Report on Turnout Gaps in 2012 Election . September 12, 2013

We’re pleased to announce that our new voter turnout report, Voter Participation Gaps in the 2012 Presidential Election, is now available. It is the latest in our America Goes to the Polls series and is based on the recently released biennial Census survey on voting and registration. The report tracks, analyzes, and explains prominent turnout read more

Tomorrow: Voter Registration for Nonprofits . September 11, 2013

To help your community vote, you must first ensure that they are registered. There’s still time to register for tomorrow’s webinar: Ready, Set, Register: Voter Registration for Nonprofits Thursday September 12th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternVoter registration is a foundational voter engagement activity. Join us to learn how your nonprofit can integrate voter registration into the work you already read more

Pull Out Those Calendars: Preparing for the 2014 Midterm . September 6, 2013

Is it too soon to think about next year’s national midterm and the election of Congress, one-third of the Senate, two-thirds of state governors, and almost all state legislatures? No, definitely not. Unfortunately, most nonprofits won’t even begin considering their November 2014 plans until the end of next summer. In such a small window, there read more

Next Week: Voter Registration for Nonprofits . September 5, 2013

To help your community vote, you must first ensure that they are registered. Learn more about during our next webinar: Ready, Set, Register: Voter Registration for Nonprofits Thursday September 12th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternVoter registration is a foundational voter engagement activity. Join us to learn how your nonprofit can integrate voter registration into the work you already do. read more

Webinar Recap: Health Insurance Enrollment and Voter Registration . August 22, 2013

Yesterday’s webinar, Health Insurance Enrollment and Voter Registration for Health Centers and Other Nonprofits, is now available. Many thanks to Robert Brandon of the Fair Elections Legal Network and Marc Wetherhorn of the National Association of Community Health Centers for joining us for this discussion. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our read more

Health Insurance Enrollment and Voter Registration . August 15, 2013

What does voter registration have to do with ACA enrollment? Find out during our next webinar: Health Insurance Enrollment and Voter Registration for Health Centers and Other Nonprofits Wednesday August 21st, 2:00-3:00pm EasternStarting October 1st millions of Americans will become eligible to enroll in Medicaid or a health exchange health insurance plan under the new Affordable read more

Can Nonprofits Increase Voter Turnout? Yes. . August 6, 2013

A new study by Nonprofit VOTE found that turnout among voters contacted by nonprofits during the 2012 election was 74%, six points above the 68% turnout rate for all registered voters. The clients engaged by nonprofits were markedly more diverse, lower income, and younger than the general population of registered voters. Though these demographic groups read more

National Voter Registration Day Webinar Materials . August 2, 2013

Yesterday’s webinar, National Voter Registration Day is September 24th, is now available. Many thanks to Emily Alsleben of the Bus Federation and Maggie Duncan from the League of Women Voters for joining us to discuss this exciting event. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content read more

Ballot Measure Advocacy Webinar Materials . July 26, 2013

Yesterday’s webinar, Laws on the Ballot: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits, is now available. Many thanks to Nayantara Mehta of the Alliance for Justice for joining us to share her expertise. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the read more

National Voter Registration Day Webinar . July 25, 2013

Are you ready for National Voter Registration Day? Learn more during our next webinar: National Voter Registration Day is September 24th Thursday August 1st, 2:00-3:00pm EasternOn September 24, 2013, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for the second annual National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated volunteer, read more

Thursday’s Webinar: Ballot Measure Advocacy . July 23, 2013

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how your nonprofit can work for or against a ballot measure: Laws on the Ballot: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits Thursday July 25th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternAlthough nonprofits cannot support or oppose candidates, they can take a stand on ballot measures. Ballot measure advocacy read more

National Voter Registration Day 2013 . July 22, 2013

Last year’s inaugural National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) was an overwhelming success. 1,100 organizations and 9,000 volunteers helped register over 300,000 voters nationwide. Join this annual event and show your support for voter participation by helping your clients and constituents register to vote. Learn more about how your nonprofit can get involved or host an read more

Evaluating the Impact of Nonprofit Voter Engagement . July 17, 2013

What kind of impact do nonprofits have on voter turnout when they talk to their clients and constituents about voting? Who do they reach? In 2012 we sought to answer these and other questions about the effectiveness and impact of nonprofits conducting voter engagement by having 94 nonprofits track their voter contacts. They engaged 33,741 read more

Rhode Island Joins National Popular Vote Compact . July 12, 2013

Rhode Island state lawmakers endorsed the National Popular Vote Compact back in 2008 but former Governor Carcieri vetoed the legislation. However, current Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed the latest bill, and Rhode Island is the ninth state to enact the law, along with Washington D.C. Before Rhode Island joined, the combined states had only 132 read more

July 25th: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits . July 11, 2013

Did you know that working for or against a ballot measure is considered lobbying (not electioneering) and is therefore a permissible activity for 501(c)(3) organizations? Learn more during our next webinar: Laws on the Ballot: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits Thursday July 25th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternAlthough nonprofits cannot support or oppose candidates, they can take a stand read more

Candidate Engagement Webinar Materials . June 28, 2013

Yesterday’s webinar, Candidate Engagement: Candidate Forums, Appearances and More, is now available. Many thanks to MassVOTE’s Cheryl Crawford for joining us to share her expertise.  Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion read more

Thursday: Candidate Engagement for Nonprofits . June 25, 2013

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar: Candidate Engagement: Forums, Appearances and More Thursday June 27th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternCandidate engagement is one of the most effective ways your nonprofit can advocate for your community. It draws community members into the political process and also encourages voting and other civic engagement. Join us for details on hosting read more

Voter Registration Proof of Citizenship Overturned in Arizona . June 20, 2013

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that Arizona may not require documentary proof of citizenship from people seeking to vote in federal elections. (Read the court opinion.) During oral argument in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Justice Sotomayor’s first question was about an amicus brief signed by Nonprofit VOTE and other community-based voter read more

States Are Improving Elections in 2013 . June 18, 2013

This year has seen a number of new laws that will improve ballot access and streamline the election process for both voters and elections officials. Colorado recently passed the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act that includes provisions for Election Day Registration and portable registration, in addition to creating a bipartisan task force to study read more

June 27th Webinar: Candidate Engagement . June 13, 2013

Although nonprofits cannot support or oppose candidates for political office, there are still a number of ways to engage them on a nonpartisan basis. Learn more during our next webinar: Candidate Engagement: Forums, Appearances and More Thursday June 27th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternCandidate engagement is one of the most effective ways your nonprofit can advocate for your community. read more

The Affordable Care Act and Voter Registration . June 12, 2013

On the 20th anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires departments of motor vehicles and agencies providing public assistance to offer voter registration, the Affordable Care Act provides another great opportunity to reach Americans about registering to vote. An estimated 68 million people will be enrolling in the new health exchanges–16 million read more

Webinar Recap: Voter Registration Modernization . May 17, 2013

Yesterday’s webinar, Voter Registration Modernization, is now available. Many thanks to Myrna Pérez from the Brennan Center for Justice for joining us to share her expertise. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio read more

Order a Free "Register to Vote" Poster . May 15, 2013

Nonprofit VOTE’s popular “Register to Vote” poster is back, and available in both Spanish and English. Whether you’re gearing up for a state election or just want to make voting more visible at your organization, this poster is the perfect tool.  Voter registration is one way that your organization can encourage year round voter participation. read more

Thursday: Voter Registration Modernization Webinar . May 14, 2013

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar–don’t miss out! Voter Registration Modernization Thursday May 16th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternOver the last few years, a number of states have enacted laws and policies to update their voter registration systems–including innovations like online registration, Election Day Registration, and portable registration. This move toward voter registration modernization, supported by both read more

Florida Set to Overhaul Elections . May 13, 2013

It seems Florida will once again be making changes to its election law: the Senate passed HB 7013 that Governor Rick Scott has indicated he will sign. The bill counteracts much of the 2011 law that truncated early voting, changed provisional ballot rules, and stiffened rules on voter registration. These changes–combined with record turnout and read more

Census Releases New Data on 2012 Election . May 10, 2013

On Wednesday, the Census Bureau released The Diversifying Electorate–Voting Rates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2012 (and Other Recent Elections). The report draws on data from the November 2012 Current Population Survey Voting and Registration Supplement. Among other things, it confirms that for the first time ever, black voters turned out at a higher read more

May 16th Webinar: Voter Registration Modernization . April 29, 2013

In every state except North Dakota, voters must be registered before they can cast a ballot. Join us for a discussion about ways to update voter registration systems that make it easier for election offices to maintain lists and for voters to keep their information up to date:Voter Registration Modernization Thursday May 16th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternOver read more

Expanding Access to Voting in 2013 . April 26, 2013

See an enlarged map at: http://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/images/2013_expansive_map.png The Brennan Center has been tracking and analyzing the efforts of states to increase registration opportunities, expand early voting, and modernize election systems. They reviewed the nearly 200 bills to expand voting access that were introduced in 45 states in 2013. Most have failed while a few have passed–like read more

Webinar Materials on Voter Turnout in 2012 . April 22, 2013

Last week’s webinar, Voter Turnout in the 2012 Election, is now available. Based on information from America Goes to the Polls 2012, the webinar covered voting trends among populations served by nonprofits, state-by-state turnout rankings, and factors affecting turnout–such as Electon Day Registration and swing state status. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe read more

Youth Turnout: An Essay by Peter Levine . April 16, 2013

Most people expected youth turnout to decline in 2012. Signs of diminished enthusiasm were hard to miss. For instance, the Pew Research Center reported that just 28% of young people were following the election closely, down from 40% at the same point four years ago. My organization, CIRCLE, asked a random sample of young Americans read more

This Thursday: Voter Turnout in the 2012 Election . April 15, 2013

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar on the 2012 election: Voter Turnout in the 2012 Election Thursday April 18th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern With elections now certified in all 50 states, Nonprofit VOTE has released America Goes to the Polls 2012, the latest in a series of reports on national turnout and voting trends. In read more

How Did Your State Do? 2012 State Turnout Rankings . April 11, 2013

In 2012, 58.7% of voting eligible citizens across the country turned out to vote in the presidential election. Turnout ranged from a high of 76.1% in Minnesota to a low of 44.5% in Hawaii. In total, 130.3 million voters cast ballots in 2012, about 2.3 million less than in 2008. • Minnesota was first in read more

Voting Trends: Online Registration . April 10, 2013

In 2008 only two states allowed voters to register online. By the 2012 election 13 states had online registration systems up and running. Currently, at least 14 additional states are considering legislation that would allow online registration. Online registration helps boost registration rates among young voters. Since Arizona pioneered online registration in 2002, the registration read more

April 18 Webinar: Voter Turnout in the 2012 Election . April 8, 2013

Looking for interesting facts about the 2012 election and turnout? Join our next webinar: Voter Turnout in the 2012 Election Thursday April 18th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern With elections now certified in all 50 states, Nonprofit VOTE has released America Goes to the Polls 2012, the latest in a series of reports on national turnout and voting read more

Webinar Materials: Nonpartisan Guidelines for Voter Engagement . March 22, 2013

Yesterday’s webinar, Being Nonpartisan: 501(c)(3) Guidelines for Nonprofits Doing Voter Engagement, is now available. It describes how nonprofits can engage their communities through nonpartisan voter registration, voter education, and get-out-the-vote efforts.  Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the read more

Thursday: 501(c)(3) Guidelines for Voter Engagement . March 19, 2013

There’s still time to register for this week’s webinar on how nonprofits can conduct nonpartisan voter engagement work! Being Nonpartisan: 501(c)(3) Guidelines for Nonprofits Doing Voter Engagement Thursday March 21st, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Unsure what it means to be nonpartisan when engaging voters and connecting to candidates around elections? Join our next training when we’ll review read more

Do Voters Contacted by Social Service Agencies Vote? . March 13, 2013

Last year, 87 service providers in nine states tracked approximately 41,000 voters they registered or had sign a voter pledge card. There were 15,393 voter registrations and 25,416 voter pledges. Now, we’re using that data to measure the impact of nonprofit voter engagement and highlight effective strategies for nonprofits. We’re excited about what we’re learning. read more

America Goes to the Polls 2012: State by State Turnout . March 11, 2013

With elections now certified in all 50 states, Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to release the latest edition of America Goes to the Polls–a report on national turnout and voting trends. Despite Hurricane Sandy and a slew of proposed or enacted state-level changes in voting procedures, an estimated 58.7% of eligible voters cast ballots on November read more

Next Webinar: Nonpartisan Guidelines for 501(c)(3) Voter Engagement . March 8, 2013

How does a nonprofit conduct nonpartisan voter engagement work? Find out during our next webinar: Being Nonpartisan: 501(c)(3) Guidelines for Nonprofits Doing Voter Engagement Thursday March 21st, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Unsure what it means to be nonpartisan when engaging voters and connecting to candidates around elections? Join our next training when we’ll review what your organization read more

Nonprofit Voter Engagement Webinar Materials . February 22, 2013

Yesterday’s webinar, Getting Started with Nonprofit Voter Engagement, is now available. Thank you to Isela Gutiérrez-Gunter for joining us to discuss how nonprofits can participate in 2013 elections. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and read more

Tomorrow: Getting Started with Voter Engagement . February 20, 2013

There’s still time to register for tomorrow’s webinar! Get Started with Nonprofit Voter Engagement Thursday February 21st, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Looking for an introduction to nonpartisan voter engagement for nonprofits? Join us for an overview of nonpartisan dos and don’ts, as well as effective tactics for voter registration, voter education, ballot measure advocacy, candidate engagement, and read more

Four Reasons to Get Involved in Local Elections . February 8, 2013

Although local elections lack the prominence of presidential races, they are a great platform for nonprofits to begin or expand their voter engagement efforts. Participation tends to be lower in local races because many voters don’t understand the offices, know the candidates, or have great exposure to a local campaign. Inherently, these local races (which read more

2012 Spotlight: Boys & Girls Clubs of America . February 1, 2013

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America‘s 2012 “Our Voice, Our Choice” campaign effectively combined many elements of the Nonprofit VOTE voter engagement model. 1. Commitment from the top. “Character and Citizenship” is one of BGCA’s six program foci, and the vice president responsible for this area was able to get institutional buy-in for voter read more

Webinar: Getting Started with Voter Engagement . January 31, 2013

Voters won’t be selecting the next president this year, but they will be electing state and local government leaders. Don’t sit out during these important elections! Get Started with Nonprofit Voter Engagement Thursday February 21st, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Looking for an introduction to nonpartisan voter engagement for nonprofits? Join us for an overview of nonpartisan dos read more

2012 Ballot Measures: Elections . January 30, 2013

November 6, 2012 was the first presidential election since the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court in 2010. Consequentially, the 2012 election was more expensive than any other election in our history by more than $700 million. In an apparent reaction to the ruling, some states voted on limiting or eliminating corporate contributions to read more

2013 Elections on the Horizon . January 29, 2013

Although there is no presidential election, voters will still make critical decisions about state and local government leaders in 2013. There will be gubernatorial and state legislative elections in both New Jersey and Virginia on November 5th after June primaries. Throughout the year voters in various cities will decide mayoral elections. The U.S. Conference of read more

Election Highlights from 2012 . January 15, 2013

The 2012 election is over, but there’s plenty to learn from the results. Early voting was popular, particularly in battleground states: 69% of votes in Nevada were cast early along with 53% in Florida, 72% in Colorado, and 42% in Iowa. Many voters are taking advantage of early voting opportunities and the flexibility it affords read more

Long Lines Discouraged 49,000 Voters in Central FL . January 2, 2013

After the November election, we reported on long lines in a number of states. Now, a new report suggests that as many as 49,000 people in Central Florida did not cast a ballot because of extended waiting times. Theodore Allen has been analyzing the impact of long lines at the polls since 2004. His analysis read more

Measuring Impact, Learning What Works . December 27, 2012

This year, Nonprofit VOTE undertook a first-of-its-kind collaboration to assess the capacity of service providers to promote voting and their impact in doing so. Working with seven partners in nine states, we tracked the voter engagement activities of 87 local service providers who each agreed to register or collect voter pledges from 250 or more read more

Webinar Series Returns in 2013 . December 21, 2012

For a number of years, we’ve sought to fill an information void on voting and elections in the nonprofit sector with our webinar series. Webinars are free of charge for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. They are recorded and made available on-demand online, along with the PowerPoint presentation and audio file. Our webinar series will return in read more