Showing posts tagged with: "voter participation"

Nonprofits Partner to Boost Asian American Voting Rates . June 23, 2015

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters represent one of the fastest growing voting blocs in the United States, doubling in size since 1996 to over nine million eligible voters today. In the 2014 midterm, the AAPI turnout rate had the highest growth among all groups since the last midterm. Despite this upswing, as a new citizen population AAPI... read more

America Goes to the Polls 2014 Now Available . March 12, 2015

Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to release America Goes to the Polls 2014, the latest edition in our series of biennial reports on voter turnout. America Goes to the Polls 2014 uses official election data to rank voter turnout in the 50 states and looks at major factors underlying voter participation in this historically low turnout election. Just 36.6% of... read more

From Voting Rights to Voting Action . February 9, 2015

At Nonprofit VOTE we honor the hard-won victories of our predecessors by ensuring that as many Americans as possible cast a ballot on Election Day. Fifty years ago a grassroots mobilization was underway that would lead to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of legislation that dramatically expanded the right to vote in America. Although... read more

New Secretaries of State Consider Election Changes . January 8, 2015

Last year, 24 states elected their top elections official. Swearing ins have begun in earnest, and many new secretaries of state have already outlined their plans for improving elections. In California, Secretary Alex Padilla is asking for input on how to #BoostTheVote and increase voter participation, noting that “the best ideas often come from... read more

June 26th Webinar: Candidate Engagement . June 10, 2014

Your nonprofit cannot support or oppose candidates but that doesn’t mean you can’t engage them. Learn more: Candidate Engagement: Forums, Appearances, and More Thursday June 26th at 2:00pm Eastern Candidate engagement is an effective way your nonprofit can advocate for your community and build relationships with future elected officials.... read more

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

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

National Voter Registration Day 2013 . July 22, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Benefits of Election Day Registration . May 15, 2012

With Connecticut joining the ranks of Election Day (or Same Day) Registration states, let’s review how expanded registration opportunities make it possible for more people to participate. In 2010 Same Day Registration allowed almost 640,000 Americans to register and vote in the November 2, 2010 election. Moreover, states that allow for Same Day... read more

LA County Takes Strategic Look at Elections . May 10, 2012

Last fall the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk–overseeing the largest voting district in the country with over four million voters–announced that it would completely overhaul its election system over the next five years. Before making any decisions, however, they wanted to know what voters thought about elections. They... 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

Materials from Voter Participation Basics Webinar . March 27, 2012

Last week’s webinar, Nonpartisan Voter Participation Basics for Nonprofits, is now available! If you have questions for our featured presenter, Ashley Herad, the Civic Engagement and Public Policy Director for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, you can contact her directly at ashley AT lano DOT org. You can watch the presentation... read more

Community Health Vote 2012 . March 22, 2012

This week, one of our partners, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is launching Community Health Vote 2012–a national nonpartisan voter engagement campaign to establish voter engagement as an ongoing effort at as many health centers as possible. Marc Wetherhorn, NACHC’s National Advocacy Director, blogged: “Health... read more

Partner Spotlight: The Arc . March 21, 2012

We’re pleased to introduce our newest 2012 national partner, The Arc! The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. As a leader in disability rights, The Arc boasts more than 140,000 members and more than 700 state and local chapters. The... read more

March Webinar: Nonprofit Voter Participation Basics . March 9, 2012

Thinking about getting started with voter engagement? Register now for our March 2012 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,... read more

Black History Month Voting Facts . February 28, 2012

As Black History Month comes to a close, we wanted to share some voting statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. 11.1 million black voters cast a ballot in the 2010 congressional election, making up 12% of the electorate–a slight increase from 11 percent of the total electorate in 2006.< archives="" cb11-164 newsroom="" releases="" voting="" www> <... read more

Increasing Voter Participation One Nonprofit at a Time . January 11, 2012

Most of your New Year’s Resolutions are already set (and maybe even broken), but we have one more that can’t wait until next year. In 2012 we’ll elect the president, 33 U.S. senators, every member of the House of Representatives, and countless others in state and local races. 220 million Americans will be eligible to vote–including... 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

Saudi Women to Vote in 2015 . September 26, 2011

Yesterday, Saudi Arabia’s king granted women the right to vote and run for office in future municipal elections. Although the change is welcomed by many activists, concerns still remain. The new law will not be relevant until the next election cycle in 2015. (Current municipal elections are scheduled for this Thursday.) And while senior religious... read more

Do Nonprofit Staff Vote? . September 12, 2011

Survey says…yes! Earlier this year, the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (SVCN) polled 560 nonprofit staff members to learn more about the sector’s voting patterns. Respondents included 114 “executive and senior managers” and 446 “line-staff personnel,” described as mid-managers, caseworkers, program and clerical... 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

Yesterday’s Webinar Now Available . August 19, 2011

Thanks for joining yesterday’s webinar, Think Locally: The Value of Municipal and Regional Elections. The PowerPoint presentation is now available, along with the audio portion of the presentation in MP3 format. You can also watch the full presentation, including audio, online. If you have additional questions about municipal and local elections,... read more

Share Your Story . May 11, 2011

Is your nonprofit registering new voters? Gearing up for a municipal election? Designing a candidate questionnaire? Well then let us know! At Nonprofit VOTE we love to hear from nonprofit organizations about the voter participation activities, projects, and events you’re working on, as well as why does your nonprofit participates in this work.... read more

Thursday’s Webinar Features New Voter Participation Research . May 9, 2011

Please join us on Thursday for a webinar that will show just how effective nonprofit voter engagement is and why your nonprofit should be doing it. Nonprofits Increase Voter Participation: New Research from the FieldThursday, May 12th at 2:00pm EasternLearn about exciting new evidence documenting the impact nonprofits have when they talk to their clients... read more

May Webinar: Nonprofits Increase Voting – New Research . April 22, 2011

Please join us for our upcoming webinar: Nonprofits Increase Voter Participation: New Research from the FieldThursday, May 12th at 2:00pm EasternLearn about exciting new evidence documenting the impact nonprofits have when they talk to their clients and constituents about voting. Professor Kelly LeRoux will discuss a new study that tracked the outcomes... read more