Showing posts tagged with: "election"

100th Anniversary of the First Direct Elections to the Senate . July 1, 2014

This November’s midterm election coincides with another special occasion: November 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the first nationwide popular election of U.S. Senators. (Maryland and Alabama each held a special election prior to November 1914.) Before the ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, U.S. Senators... read more

Commission on Political Reform Releases Recommendations . June 30, 2014

In 2013, the Bipartisan Policy Center created a Commission on Political Reform to investigate the causes and consequences of America’s partisan political divide and to advocate for specific reforms to improve the political process. Their new report, Governing in a Polarized America: A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen our Democracy, identifies reforms... 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... 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... 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... 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 whether Barack Obama... 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 voter turnout in 2012, while Maine (the 2010... 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... 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 trends. In this... read more

Girls Inc. She Votes 2012: Future voters, future leaders . April 5, 2013

A partner of Nonprofit VOTE, Girls Inc. is a national affiliate-based organization “inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.” In 2012, 56 local Girls Inc. affiliates around the country participated in She Votes, enabling 4,424 girls to cast ballots in a mock election. Through She Votes, girls get hands-on experience with voting,... 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?... 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

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... 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... 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... 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 elections.... 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.... 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

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... 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

2012 Ballot Measures: Budgets and Public Services . December 11, 2012

Ballot measures give citizens the opportunity to directly accept or reject laws or amendments. This year, voters in many states cast ballots on proposals related to revenue, spending, and public services. In California, voters passed both Propositions 30 and 39, which raised income taxes and corporate taxes, respectively, as a means to prevent cuts... 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

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

Ballot Measures: What Nonprofits Can Do . October 23, 2012

On November 6th voters will decide the fate of 176 ballot measures in 38 states. They cover a range of issues including taxes and revenue, immigrant rights, public services, criminal justice, voter ID requirements, and same-sex marriage. While nonprofits cannot endorse or oppose candidates for office, they can engage their communities around ballot... 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

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day Today! . September 25, 2012

It’s September 25th and thousands of nonprofits across the country are registering their communities to vote! Today is the highlight of National Voter Registration Month. Ask everyone on your staff or visiting your nonprofit if they’re registered to vote or if their voter registration is up-to-date. Even if you aren’t actively registering... 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

National Voter Registration Day is Almost Here! . September 12, 2012

September 25th is almost here and there’s plenty you can do to ensure your community is registered and ready to vote! On November 6th, 90% of registered voters will vote, compared to 0% of unregistered voters. Yesterday’s webinar, National Voter Registration Day: Get Involved, is now available. Watch the presentation on YouTube, download... 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

Take Action Ahead of Registration Deadlines . September 7, 2012

The National Association of Secretaries of State has declared September 2012 National Voter Registration Month and September 25th National Voter Registration Day. September is the perfect time to focus on voter registration as 48 states and the District of Columbia have voter registration deadlines in October. In 2008, six million potential voters... 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

Partner Spotlight: OhioVOTES . August 21, 2012

OhioVOTES, a project of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), is hosting three voter engagement trainings in September. Ohio nonprofits are invited to either Cleveland, Columbus, or Cincinnati to learn how to mobilize and motivate your staff, board, volunteers, and the people your organization serves. The trainings are free and... 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

Vote 2012: The Nonprofit Difference . August 14, 2012

The following appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of The Provider, the flagship publication of the Providers’ Council. Many nonprofits see voter outreach as something beyond the scope of the services they provide, leaving their clients to instead rely on the efforts of candidates and party campaigns. As a result, many potential voters receive no... 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

Nonprofit Voter Registration Webinar Resources . August 3, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration, is now available. Thank you to Isela Gutiérrez-Gunter from Democracy North Carolina for joining us to discuss how your nonprofit can raise participation rates in 2012 by registering voters. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll... read more

Learn about Nonprofit Voter Registration! . July 30, 2012

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar! Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration Thursday August 2nd, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Registering to vote is the first step to becoming an active and engaged voter. In 2008, nine out of ten registered voters cast a ballot; among those who did not vote, many reported that they... 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

Upcoming Nonprofit Voter Registration Webinar . July 26, 2012

November is only a few months away! Help register your clients and community members to vote and ensure that their voices are heard in 2012! Register to learn more: Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration Thursday August 2nd, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Registering to vote is the first step to becoming an active and engaged voter. In 2008, nine... read more

Register Now for Nonprofits and Election Protection . July 24, 2012

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar: Nonprofits and Election Protection Thursday July 26th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Your nonprofit can help ensure that your clients, constituents, and community members have the information and resources they need to successfully cast a ballot this year. We’ll discuss tools like the... read more

Test Your Advocacy Capacity! . July 23, 2012

Bolder Advocacy (Alliance for Justice) has a new Advocacy Capacity Tool to help nonprofits and foundations assess their ability to conduct advocacy. The online survey can provide insights and help make your advocacy more effective. Nonprofit voter engagement is a critical piece of your advocacy toolkit. Raising participation rates in your community... read more

It’s Summer, Don’t Forget About SPF! . July 20, 2012

Summer is in full swing and while you’re enjoying the seasonal fun, you shouldn’t forget about SPF. While sunscreen is important for your outdoor activities, we’re talking about a different kind of SPF–Start Planning for Fall! The November general election is just months away and there’s plenty your nonprofit can do to... read more

Partner Spotlight: YouthBuild USA . July 19, 2012

One of our newest national partners, YouthBuild USA, is coordinating a 2012 National Voter Registration Campaign with the goal of registering 25,000 new voters in YouthBuild communities across the country. Incorporated in 1990, there are now 273 YouthBuild programs in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. 110,000 YouthBuild students... read more

Upcoming Webinar: Nonprofits & Election Protection . July 17, 2012

In addition to helping clients register to vote, nonprofits can play a critical role in ensuring our communities can actually cast a ballot. Nonprofits and Election Protection Thursday July 26th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Your nonprofit can help ensure that your clients, constituents, and community members have the information and resources they need... read more

Participate in National Voter Registration Day! . July 13, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, National Voter Registration Day: How to Get Involved, is now available. With so many great questions from participants, you’ll definitely want to check out these materials! Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download... read more

Endorse Voting November 6! . July 11, 2012

Endorse voting November 6 and get your free poster, buttons, and stickers! As 501(c)(3) nonprofits we can’t endorse candidates, but we can endorse voting. Join Nonprofit VOTE’s 2012 “Vote November 6” campaign by endorsing voting! The nonprofit sector can spread a simple yet effective message: Vote November 6. Together we can... read more

National Voter Registration Day Webinar on Thursday . July 10, 2012

The only way to ensure that your clients and constituents can vote in November is to make sure they’re registered! Join us on Thursday for: National Voter Registration Day: How to Get Involved Thursday July 12th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern On September 25th, 2012 thousands of nonprofits, businesses, and volunteers across the country will band together... read more

Get Involved in National Voter Registration Day! . July 2, 2012

The only way to ensure that your clients and constituents can vote in November is to make sure they’re registered! National Voter Registration Day: How to Get Involved Thursday July 12th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern On September 25th, 2012 thousands of nonprofits, businesses, and volunteers across the country will band together for National Voter Registration... read more

AIGA Get-Out-the-Vote Poster Competition . June 22, 2012

As part of their Design for Democracy program, AIGA–the professional association for design–is hosting a get-out-the-vote poster contest! Their Get-Out-the-Vote campaign invites designers to create nonpartisan posters and videos that inspire the American public to participate in the electoral process and vote in the 2012 general election. The... read more

Pushing for Registration at Indian Health Service Facilities . June 21, 2012

On Tuesday, Jefferson Keel, president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), said that Indian Health Service facilities should be designated voter registration sites in the same way state-based public assistance agencies are under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Keel noted that the facilities are ideal for voter registration... read more

Voter Registration Webinar Materials . June 15, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration, is now available! Thank you to our wonderful presenter, Isela Gutiérrez-Gunter of Democracy North Carolina. You can watch the presentation on YouTube, and if you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the... read more

Ready, Set, Register! . June 4, 2012

November will be here before you know it–get a jump on registering your clients and community members to vote! Your nonprofit can ensure that their voices are heard in 2012! Register to learn more: Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration Thursday June 14th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Registering to vote is the first step to becoming an... read more

Thursday: Ballot Measure Webinar . May 8, 2012

There’s still time to register for this week’s webinar! If you’ve already registered, consider inviting a friend or spreading the word among your networks–we want every nonprofit to feel comfortable engaging in ballot measure activities this year! Taking a Stand: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits Thursday May 10th, 2:00-3:00pm... read more

California Nonprofits to "Vote with Your Mission" . May 7, 2012

On May 1st, the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) launched their Vote with Your Mission campaign with the goal of 100% participation among California’s nonprofit staff and volunteers in the upcoming June and November elections. What does “Vote with Your Mission” mean? CalNonprofits explains that “all of us... 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

Don’t Be Shy, Engage the Candidates! . April 30, 2012

This month we’re hosting two webinars! The first is the perfect opportunity to brainstorm ways to use ballot measures to educate your clients and further your public policy goals. Taking a Stand: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits Thursday May 10th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Many states put laws, constitutional amendments, and referendums on the... read more

Webinar Materials on 501(c)(3) Guidelines Now Available . April 27, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, Being Nonpartisan: 501(c)(3) Guidelines for Voter Engagement Work, is now available! You can watch the presentation on YouTube, and 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... read more

Reminder: Nonpartisan Guidelines Webinar . April 24, 2012

There’s still time to register for this week’s webinar on guidelines for staying nonpartisan while doing voter engagement work! Register now! Being Nonpartisan: 501(c)(3) Guidelines for Voter Engagement WorkThursday April 26th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Learn what it means to be nonpartisan and how it impacts the voter engagement efforts of... read more

Voter Registration Upgrades Needed . April 19, 2012

The Pew Center on the States recently released an issue brief on “Evidence That America’s Voter Registration System Needs an Upgrade”. The report underscores the need for registration systems that better maintain voter records, save money, and streamline processes. The report notes that nationwide:At least 51 million eligible citizens... read more

Candidates Talk Back with Candidate Questionnaires! . April 18, 2012

While nonprofits cannot support or oppose a candidate for office, there are a number of ways to engage candidates on a nonpartisan basis. Consider creating a candidate questionnaire: not only will it allow you to communicate with candidates, but it will also let your clients (and the public) know what the candidates think about a variety of issues... read more

New Partner Spotlight: Kids Voting USA . April 17, 2012

Please join us in welcoming Kids Voting USA (KVUSA) to the Nonprofit VOTE network! Kids Voting USA is working to secure the future of our democracy by preparing young people to be educated, engaged citizens. They operate through a national network of community-based affiliates that partner with schools and elections officials to offer students in Kindergarten... read more

County Elections Websites Need Improvement . April 10, 2012

In an average year, there are over 5,000 local ballot measures on ballots across the country However, Ballotpedia recently reviewed 738 county election websites and found that as many as 32% don’t display information on local ballot measures. The study reviewed 738 county election websites in 11 states–about 24% of the nation’s 3,143... read more

Who Better than Nonprofits? . March 26, 2012

Earlier this month, Susan Dreyfus, the president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families–one of Nonprofit VOTE’s national partners–blogged about the importance of voter engagement in the nonprofit community. With November speeding toward us, she urged the sector to consider how it will help ensure that all Americans can... read more

Register for Nonprofit Voter Participation Basics . March 20, 2012

There’s still time to register for this weeks’ webinar! Nonpartisan Voter Participation Basics for NonprofitsThursday March 22nd, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Join us for an introduction to nonprofit voter engagement work! We’ll cover the basics–like voter registration, voter education, candidate engagement, and get-out-the-vote efforts–and... read more

Get Started with Voter Engagement! . March 19, 2012

With Super Tuesday behind us, there’s really no reason to delay in getting started with voter engagement! To help you kick things off, we’ve simplified our “Get Started” page to give you a few select options for learning more about talking to your clients and constituents about this year’s elections. We’ve also created... read more

N.C. Hosts Nonprofit Voter Registration Month . March 15, 2012

With March Madness gripping the nation, you might not have heard that in North Carolina March is also Nonprofit Voter Registration Month! Democracy North Carolina, one of our state partners, is working on a 2012 Nonprofit Voter Engagement Project to encourage and support nonprofits conducting voter outreach. Although this can take many forms–like... read more

Spring Forward with Voter Engagement! . March 12, 2012

Setting the clock ahead this weekend probably got you thinking about other spring activities–like spring cleaning, spring break, and warmer weather. Before you completely fill up your spring to-do list, make sure to add a bullet for voter engagement! It’s a great way to move your nonprofit and your mission forward. As Robin Williams noted,... read more

ID Requirements Pose Challenge for Elderly . February 4, 2012

A recent article from KansasReporter.org described the situation of 50 residents at Westview Manor, a Kansas adult care facility. Due to the state’s new voter identification requirements, the vast majority could be unable to vote in this year’s election. Only 9 residents have current ID cards and just two have birth certificates that can... read more

Yesterday’s Webinar Materials . January 27, 2012

Thank you to everyone who joined yesterday’s webinar, Plan Ahead: Building a Voter Engagement Timeline for 2012! If you have additional questions for our featured presenter, Jeff Narabrook of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, you can contact him directly at jnarabrook@minnesotanonprofits.org. The webinar is now available on YouTube along with... read more

RSVP Now for Thursday’s Webinar! . January 24, 2012

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar! With 2012 underway, it’s important for your nonprofit to think about how you plan to register, educate, and engage voters. Join us for: Plan Ahead: Building a Voter Engagement Timeline for 2012Thursday January 26th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern In this webinar we’ll discuss when,... read more

January Webinar: Making a 2012 Plan . January 17, 2012

With 2012 underway, it’s important for your nonprofit to think about how you plan to register, educate, and engage voters. Join us for: Plan Ahead: Building a Voter Engagement Timeline for 2012Thursday January 26th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern In this webinar we’ll discuss when, where and how to incorporate voter engagement activities into your... 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

RSVP for Thursday’s Webinar . November 29, 2011

There’s still time to register for this week’s webinar (and our final one of 2011). We’ll help you start planning for next year’s general election and how your nonprofit can maximize your impact with the resources you already have. Plan Ahead: Building a Voter Engagement Timeline for 2012Thursday December 1st, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern The... read more

Giving Every State a Shot at the Primaries . November 28, 2011

As the FEC continues to update the 2012 primary calendar, four states now have presidential primaries scheduled in January; the first is a full 10 months before the general election. States jockeying for an “early” primary date is nothing new, but four January elections have many questioning the free for all scheduling scramble. Although... read more

Happy Thanksgiving! . November 23, 2011

In honor of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share just a few of the many things Nonprofit VOTE is grateful for this year. We’re thankful for…Our amazing network of state and national partners and their commitment to expanding nonprofit voter engagement among their affiliates. Election Day Registration because it ensures that everyone who wants... read more

NCAI Launches Native Vote 2012 . November 18, 2011

November is well known for Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and daylight savings, but it’s also American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. In that vein, we wanted to applaud the commitment and effort of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) to promote voter engagement in Native communities. Earlier this month, NCAI officially launched... read more

New Report on Turnout Gaps in 2010 Midterm . November 14, 2011

We’re pleased to announce that our new voter turnout report, Voter Participation Gaps in the 2010 Midterm Election, is now available! It is the latest in our America Goes to the Polls series, and is based on the newly released biennial Census survey on voting and registration. The report tracks, analyzes, and explains income, age, education, and... read more

Voter ID Passes in Mississippi . November 10, 2011

On Tuesday, Mississippi voters passed a constitutional amendment that requires voters to show government issued photo identification in order to vote. The initiative includes provisions for free photo IDs, but as with all photo ID laws, the impact on voters will depend on implementation. Although many of the states that passed voter ID laws this year... read more

Voting Rights Victory in Maine . November 9, 2011

We’ll have a more complete summary of 2011 election results later, but we just couldn’t wait to share Maine’s victory! Yesterday, Maine voters decided to restore Election Day Registration (EDR)–leaving an almost 40 year tradition unbroken. Sixty percent of voters supported EDR, and have made it possible for future voters to register... read more

Convenience Improves Turnout . November 7, 2011

At Nonprofit VOTE, we support and advocate for election systems and practices that make voting easier, more convenient, and allow a greater number of people to participate. So we were glad to hear about a new paper by political scientists from Rice University and the University of Alabama called “Voting at Non-Precinct Polling Places: A Review... 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

New Hampshire Primary Project Returns . October 11, 2011

The New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, in partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits, is once again sponsoring the 2012 Primary Project, a presidential candidate education initiative. The Project empowers members of the nonprofit and civic sector to engage candidates campaigning in New Hampshire, while also raising candidate and public awareness... read more

New Census Data on 2010 Election . October 7, 2011

The Census Bureau has released data on “Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2010” that compares voting and registration patterns by demographic, social, and geographic characteristics. This release is the latest in a series of national reports that is one of the most frequently cited sources for registration and turnout... read more

Connecticut Looks to Improve Elections . September 30, 2011

Last week we cheered California legislators who passed laws that will make it easier to register to vote. Now we want to shine a spotlight on the other coast. In Connecticut, Secretary of State Denise Merrill is looking to build support for election improvements that would incorporate technology and cut costs. She wants to create a more “centralized”... read more

Preparing for Municipal Elections . August 22, 2011

After our webinar last week on municipal and local elections, we wanted to follow up and make sure your nonprofit was excited and prepared for this fall. If your community is having a municipal election this year there are plenty of ways to get involved and get out the vote. Want to host a candidate forum? We have a guide for that. Candidate forums... read more

Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act . July 27, 2011

Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, guaranteeing equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications. According to the Census Bureau, 36 million Americans have a disability,... read more

Connecticut Seeks to Improve Elections . July 22, 2011

Great news: Connecticut is looking for ways to improve and update their election systems! Earlier this week, Secretary of State Denise Merrill convened an Election Performance Task Force to review Connecticut’s election system and recommend improvements. Members of the task force include Secretary Merrill and her deputy, town clerks, representatives... read more

Homeless Registrations Rise in Kentucky . July 20, 2011

Recently, Kentucky has seen a rise in the number of voter registration forms submitted by homeless individuals. As a result, State Board of Elections Executive Director Sarah Ball Johnson wrote a memo to the state’s county clerks, instructing them to approve all voter registration applications from people who are homeless–even if clerks... read more

Coalition Pushes to Restore EDR in Maine . July 13, 2011

In June, we reported that Maine repealed its long tradition of allowing voters to register and cast their ballot on Election Day. Luckily, the story doesn’t end there: a people’s veto campaign is underway to restore Election Day Registration (EDR) to Maine. The movement is spearheaded by a collation of nonprofits, including the Maine Women’s... read more

South Sudan to Become World’s Newest Nation . July 8, 2011

Tomorrow, South Sudan will officially become an independent nation, a day that also marks the expiration of the 2005 north-south peace deal. The UN is expected to convene next week to vote on (and most likely approve) South Sudan’s membership in the UN, making it the 193rd member country. Back in January, almost 99% of Sudanese voters cast their... read more