Showing posts tagged with: "inthenews"

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

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 January 23rd at... 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

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... 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... 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... 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... 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 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... 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

"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... 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,... 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,... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 clients and... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.pngThe 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... 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

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 this... 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

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... 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

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... 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... 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

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

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

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

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 of... 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

Partner Spotlight: National Association of Community Health Centers . December 20, 2012

As the year comes to an end, we want to recognize the work of our many state and national partners, along with the local nonprofits who made an impact on voter turnout by registering and educating their communities. In 2012, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) had 175 members that conducted voter registration activities. The... 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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

Only 3 Weeks Until National Voter Registration Day! . September 4, 2012

National Voter Registration Day is just three weeks away, but there’s still time to join the thousands of volunteers and organizations who have already signed on. National Voter Registration Day: Get Involved! Tuesday September 11th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern On September 25th, 2012 thousands of nonprofits, civic groups, and volunteers across the country... 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

New York to Improve Voter Registration at DMVs . August 22, 2012

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new system to simplify and modernize voter registration. Currently, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers register to vote each year at a Department of Motor Vehicles office where they fill out a paper form, which the DMV then mails to each county’s Board of Elections. This multi-step process... 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