Showing posts tagged with: "Election Day"

10 Things to Do from Now until Election Day . August 3, 2016

November 8th is just weeks away. Early voting starts in a month in early October in some states. There’s still a great deal your nonprofit can do to encourage voting and raise the profile of Election Day. Promote Early Voting Opportunities. Early voting can allow voters to avoid lines and provides additional flexibility in casting a ballot... read more

Just One Week to Election Day . October 27, 2015

In just one week, thousands of elections will be held across the country for everything from school board member to city councilor to mayor. Whatever’s on your ballot, make sure that you, your staff, volunteers, clients and consumers are ready to vote! One way to do that is to use Nonprofit VOTE’s “Voting in Your State” tool to... read more

Preferred Methods of Voting: Survey Says… . December 29, 2014

The results of a recent survey published in Forbes of voters in Utah found that 21% of the Utah voting population prefers to vote by mail. This year, ten counties in Utah offered voters the chance to cast a ballot by mail. Two years ago in 2012, only one county used vote-by mail. Oregon was the first state to adopt vote-by-mail statewide in 1996. By... read more

Tuesday is Election Day . November 3, 2014

Elections are decided by turnout. In the next 36 hours, a personal reminder and help navigating the voting process from you and your nonprofit can make a difference. Answering one question can turn a non-voter into a voter. Share these four essential voting tools with your staff, partners, and the people you serve. 1. Find My Poll The Pew Voting Information... read more

Countdown to Election Day: 2014 Election Day Toolbox . October 29, 2014

Be prepared to assist and encourage voters next Tuesday, November 4th. Voters are more likely to participate if they believe turnout will be high, and your reminders can convince people to head to the polls.Send a communication to your audience promoting the voting tools below. Make the election visible. Advertise polling hours prominently on your... read more

Get Your “I Voted” Sticker . October 27, 2014

Next week–Tuesday November 4th–is your chance to snag an “I Voted” sticker. Depending on your state, you may have already cast your ballot either in-person or by mail. One downside to voting absentee by mail is that you typically don’t get an “I Voted” sticker. Never fear! Back in 2012, Slate considered this... read more

Voting in the 2014 Midterm is Underway . October 1, 2014

This year, Election Day will start well before November 4th. For many years, early voting has been on the rise. In 2010, an estimated 27-29% of voters cast ballots early, much higher than previous midterms. In the 2012 presidential election, 35% of ballots cast were cast early. States currently offer three ways for voters to cast a ballot before Election... 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... 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... 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 in Virginia in 2013 compared to the two... 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 RequirementsYou can also access other... 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... 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 in deciding when... 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 of Central Florida’s 2012 results compared... read more

Election Day Registration is Popular in Wisconsin . December 17, 2012

In Wisconsin, one in eight ballots–almost a million votes in all–came from voters who registered on Election Day just before voting in three recent statewide elections–November 2008, November 2010, and the June 2012 gubernatorial recall. The popularity of the law in Wisconsin has remained relatively steady in general elections since... read more

Serving Democracy: Nonprofits Promote Voter Engagement in 2012 . December 13, 2012

With Election Day now behind us, it’s critical to acknowledge the role the nonprofit sector played in registering, educating, and engaging voters in 2012. Nonprofit VOTE’s Executive Director, George Pillsbury, authored an article that is featured in the current issue of The Nonprofit Quarterly. “Serving Democracy: Nonprofits Promote... read more

Record Turnout in Massachusetts in 2012 . November 27, 2012

On November 6th Massachusetts voters set a turnout record with 3,184,196 people casting ballots–breaking the previous record set in 2008 of 3,102,995. In total, 73.3% of registered voters made it to the polls. Congrats to MassVOTE and the countless nonprofits who worked to encourage turnout in their communities this year! read more

Election Improvements Still Needed . November 20, 2012

Communities frequently served by nonprofits made impressive gains in the electorate this year. However, there are still a number of electoral improvements that can be made. Shorter Lines, More Early In-Person Voting A curtailed in-person early voting period in Florida led to 7 hour lines, discouraged voters, and an overwhelmed system. On Election Day,... read more

Nonprofit Voters Increase Share of the Electorate . November 8, 2012

In 2012, your organization and the entire nonprofit sector helped encourage communities across the country to participate and vote. Clearly your efforts to register, educate, and engage voters paid off. This year, lower-income, younger, and more diverse communities frequently served by nonprofits accounted for a greater share of voter turnout than... read more

It’s Tuesday November 6th: Election Day! . November 6, 2012

Election Day is finally here. You already have the information and resources you need to help your community vote. Today is about celebrating the election and reminding and encouraging people to vote. Good luck and Happy Election Day! read more

Are You Ready for Tomorrow? . November 5, 2012

Tomorrow is Election Day! In areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, there may be changes to official polling locations that are not reflected in online tools. Be sure to check with your local elections office for updates to polling sites.   If you need a little push before heading to the polls, watch JFK ask every American to turn out and vote and... read more

Your Election Day Toolbox . November 1, 2012

Be prepared to assist and encourage voters on Tuesday. Voters are more likely to participate if they believe turnout will be high, and your reminders can convince people to head to the polls. Advertise polling hours prominently on your website and in your lobby. Find yours with our 50 state map and download a “Vote November 6th” poster. Use... read more

Google Polling Place Finder: Now Live! . October 31, 2012

Find your polling place! November 6th is just a week away–get the tools you need for a successful Election Day. Whether you’re helping people find their polling place or looking for last minute get-out-the-vote resources, ensure you’re prepared for Election Day! Google Poll FinderThe 2012 Google Poll Finder tool is now live! It uses... read more

Get Ready for Election Day! . October 26, 2012

Materials from yesterday’s webinar, Get Ready for Election Day, are now available. With a week and a half to go until Election Day, there are still many things your nonprofit can do to encourage voters to participate in 2012! Watch the full webinar on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted.... read more

Celebrate Election Day at Your Nonprofit . October 25, 2012

Get the party started! Voting is contagious. Your organization can help boost turnout by creating a celebratory atmosphere on Election Day: people are more likely to vote if it seems popular or exciting or if their peers are doing it. This kind of vibrant environment is key to generating enthusiasm–it will not only encourage voters to head to... read more

Webinar Tomorrow: Get Ready for Election Day . October 24, 2012

There are less than two weeks until November 6th, but there’s still plenty your organization can do to educate voters and get-out-the-vote! Get Ready for Election Day Thursday October 25th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern The final days before Election Day and Election Day itself are crucial to your voter engagement efforts. Find out how your nonprofit... read more

Promote Early Voting Now! . October 19, 2012

Don’t wait until November 6th, vote early! The election is underway and your organization can encourage voters to participate now by voting early. Early voting is available in many states, but dates and requirements vary. Voting early in-person or by mail gives voters increased flexibility and the chance to address any problems that may arise... read more

Upcoming Webinar: Get Ready for Election Day . October 17, 2012

November 6th is almost here, but there’s still plenty your organization can do before then! Get Ready for Election Day Thursday October 25th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern The final days before Election Day and Election Day itself are crucial to your voter engagement efforts. Find out how your nonprofit can prepare for this final push. Our discussion... read more

"Nonprofits Get Out the Vote!" Event Recap . October 16, 2012

Materials from last week’s web event, Nonprofits Get Out the Vote! Countdown to Election Day, are now available. Hundreds of nonprofits from across the county participated, demonstrating the growing momentum and support within the sector for nonpartisan voter engagement Couldn’t tune in? Watch the event on YouTube. If you subscribe to... read more

Thursday: Nonprofits Get Out the Vote! Web Event . October 9, 2012

Be prepared (and get excited!) about Election Day by joining Nonprofit VOTE for a special web event: Nonprofits Get Out the Vote! Countdown to Election DayThursday, October 11th at 2:00pm EasternThe final weeks leading up to an election are critical for voters, and during that time the potential to impact turnout is enormous. Learn more during this... read more

"Vote November 6" Kits Still Available . October 8, 2012

There’s still time to order a “Vote November 6” kit–but not much! Kits will only be available for another week or two, so order yours today and ensure you have materials to help engage voters in your community around the upcoming election. The kit includes a poster, stickers, button, and a list of suggested activities for nonprofits.... read more

The 2012 Election is Underway! . October 5, 2012

With early voting underway in 35 states, the 2012 presidential election is officially underway! While the current majority of early voting is taking place via absentee ballot, seven states already have in-person polling stations up and running. With just weeks to go before November 6th, it’s critical that nonprofits keep this election in the... read more

Homeless Does Not Mean Voteless . October 1, 2012

Image Source: AIGA GOTV Gallery Designer: Anthony AnayaIt’s National Homeless and Low-Income Voter Registration Week, an event sponsored by the The National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) during each presidential election since 1992. NCH is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness,... read more

Special Web Event: Nonprofits Get Out the Vote! . September 27, 2012

Be prepared (and get excited!) about Election Day by joining Nonprofit VOTE for a special web event: Nonprofits Get Out the Vote! Countdown to Election DayThursday, October 11th at 2:00pm EasternThe final weeks leading up to an election are critical for voters, and during that time the potential to impact turnout is enormous. Learn more during this... read more

What Comes After National Voter Registration Day? . September 26, 2012

Yesterday was National Voter Registration Day–the highlight of National Voter Registration Month–but that’s not the end of the story. National Voter Registration Day is part of a larger movement within the nonprofit sector, recognizing the many benefits of voting. Registered voters are six times more likely to contact or visit a public... read more

Four Ways to Promote Voting Now! . September 24, 2012

Election Day is just weeks away and your voter engagement efforts can have an enormous impact on turnout. Voter registration deadlines are fast approaching but early voting will be underway in many states before they’ve even passed. In 2008 about 33% of ballots were cast before Election Day–either by mail or in person. This year as many... read more

Nonprofits Get Out the Vote – Join Us! . September 21, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, Nonprofits Get Out the Vote, is now available. Thank you to Ashley Herad from the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations for joining us to discuss how nonprofits can get out the vote in 2012. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted.... read more

Register for Nonprofits Get Out the Vote Webinar . September 18, 2012

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar for tips and tools to help your nonprofit get-out-the-vote: Nonprofits Get Out the Vote Thursday September 20th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Nonprofits can engage in a variety of nonpartisan activities to get-out-the-vote in their community. Learn what your nonprofit can do in the days and... read more

Saturday is National Military Voter Readiness Day . September 11, 2012

In collaboration with the Heroes Vote Initiative, Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to announce that September 15, 2012 is National Military Voter Readiness Day. The goal of Military Voter Readiness Day is twofold: 1) to raise awareness of upcoming state deadlines for military members to register to vote and request an absentee ballot, and 2) to encourage... read more

September 20: Nonprofits Get Out the Vote Webinar . September 10, 2012

As trusted messengers, nonprofits are well positioned to help their communities participate and vote. Nonprofits Get Out the Vote Thursday September 20th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Nonprofits can engage in a variety of nonpartisan activities to get-out-the-vote in their community. Learn what your nonprofit can do in the days and weeks leading up to Election... read more

Promote Democracy by Recruiting Poll Workers . August 31, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, Poll Worker Recruitment: You Be the Judge, is now available. Thank you to Jenny Flanagan from Common Cause for joining us to discuss how nonprofits can facilitate democracy by encouraging their constituents to serve as poll workers and translators. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll... read more

Poll Worker Recruitment Webinar on Thursday . August 28, 2012

Register now for Thursday’s webinar on how your organization can encourage your constituents to serve as poll workers and help your community vote in 2012! Poll Worker Recruitment for Nonprofits Thursday August 30th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Poll workers are on the front lines of helping people vote on Election Day. This year, many states have new... read more

Registration Improvements for California Voters . August 24, 2012

California is poised to become the newest Election Day Registration (EDR) state. Currently, Californians must be registered two weeks ahead of Election Day, but under a new bill eligible voters would be allowed to register up to and on Election Day. If Governor Brown signs the bill, California will join ten other states and the District of Columbia... read more

August Webinar: Recruiting Poll Workers . August 16, 2012

We can’t have Election Day without poll workers and translators! Encourage your constituents to serve as poll workers and help your community vote in 2012. Poll Worker Recruitment for Nonprofits Thursday August 30th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Poll workers are on the front lines of helping people vote on Election Day. This year, many states have new... read more

Get Your "Vote November 6" Poster! . August 13, 2012

We’re pleased to debut our “Vote November 6” poster design for 2012! Order yours by signing up to support voting November 6th! You can choose to receive just the poster or a full “Vote November 6” kit which includes a poster, button, and stickers to help your nonprofit promote the election. After ordering a copy, download... read more

NASS Declares Sept. 25 National Voter Registration Day . August 9, 2012

The National Association of Secretaries of State has officially declared September 25th, 2012 National Voter Registration Day! Read the full release. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is a nonpartisan professional organization for state officials and its members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and... read more

70 (Week)days of Get-Out-the-Vote Posters! . August 1, 2012

We’re kicking off our countdown to November 6th with 70 (week)days of posters! Every weekday from now until Election Day we’ll be sharing a different poster design from AIGA’s get-out-the-vote galleries. As part of their Design for Democracy program, AIGA–the professional association for design–has invited their members... read more

Election Protection Webinar Materials . July 27, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, Nonprofits and Election Protection: Our role in helping our communities vote November 6, is now available. Thank you to Eric Marshall from the Lawyers’ Committee for joining us to discuss how your nonprofit can help ensure that your community members have the information and resources they need to successfully cast a... read more

Separating Personal and Professional Election Work . June 26, 2012

Don’t let uncertainty keep you on the sidelines this year! There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar: What Nonprofit Staff Can Do: Voter Engagement at Work and Off the Clock Thursday June 28th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Outside of work, nonprofit employees are free to volunteer for political campaigns or engage in other partisan... read more

Tied Down by Tuesday? . May 4, 2012

Next week voters in Indiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia will head to the polls to vote on federal and state offices in addition to a number of ballot questions. (Visit Ballotpedia for more on what’s on the ballot in every state this year.) But before Tuesday rolls around, Why Tuesday uses a new infographic to examine the impact of voting... read more

The 2012 Election Begins Today! . January 3, 2012

Today is only the third day of the new year, but it officially marks the beginning of the 2012 presidential election. Iowa Republicans are kicking off the selection process for their party’s nominee, and results are expected to begin coming in around 8:30pm Eastern. Although 2012 is underway, it’s not too early (or late) to map out your... read more

How Technology is Transforming Elections . December 6, 2011

As last week’s webinar showed, it’s never too early to start thinking about the 2012 election. In preparing for next year, many elections officials will utilize a variety of new voting technologies. Technology will impact voter registration, voter information, the voting experience itself, and administrative practices—like how ballots... read more

November 2011 Election Resources . November 4, 2011

Many voters will be heading to the polls on Tuesday. Make sure you’re prepared for Election Day and know where you’re voting, what’s on the ballot, and where to turn if you have questions. Remember that you may be able to cast your ballot early either in-person or by mail, depending on where you live. Remind your friends and family... read more

November 2011 Election Roundup . November 2, 2011

Yesterday was Election Day in Colorado, although voters in most states and municipalities will not be heading to the polls until next Tuesday, November 8. However, Colorado is not the first state to kick off election season a little early. Gubernatorial and State Legislative ElectionsLouisiana has already (re)elected Governor Bobby Jindal in a nonpartisan... read more

Voter Beware! . October 27, 2011

Halloween’s approach means that the polls will soon be open—and in some states already are. While young trick-or-treaters are dreaming about candy, scary stories, and haunted houses, their parents are contemplating more practical matters. Do you know our home phone number? Who will you be out with? What’s your trick-or-treating route? Safe... read more

Ohio Election Law Suspended . October 4, 2011

A controversial Ohio election law (HB 194) set to take effect on Friday has been suspended, pending the outcome of a November 2012 referendum. If implemented, the law would prohibit counties from mailing out unsolicited absentee ballot applications, end the “golden week” when people can register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day,... read more

I Did it All for the Sticker . August 29, 2011

A recent electionline article “Stuck on you” sought to explain the appeal of “I Voted” stickers. Apparently the history of the “I Voted” sticker is unclear, although some historians argue that they were introduced in the 1980s and ElectionStickers.com claims to be the purveyor of the original “I Voted”... read more