Showing posts tagged with: "Voter Registration"

Webinar Rundown: Nonprofit Votes Count . July 26, 2016

Webinar Rundown: Nonprofit Votes Count Last Thursday we held a webinar on Nonprofit Votes Count, a campaign headed by Nonprofit VOTE, United Way Worldwide, Independent Sector, and National Council of Nonprofits that focuses on the capacity of the nonprofit sector to do voter engagement work! If you missed the webinar, you can now watch the recording on... read more

Webinar Rundown: Voter Registration at CHCs . June 29, 2016

Webinar Rundown: Voter Registration at Community Health Centers Last Thursday, Nonprofit VOTE held a webinar for community health centers interested in conducting voter registration in the lead up to the presidential election. We were fortunate to be joined by three excellent speakers on the topic: Andrea Abel of Texas Association of Community Health... read more

New Report Makes the Case for Nonprofit Voter Engagement . December 2, 2015

This evening, Nonprofit VOTE released a new report that examines the impact nonprofits have when they engage the communities they serve in voting and elections. Engaging New Voters: The Impact of Nonprofit Voter Outreach on Client and Community Turnout is based on an analysis of 129 nonprofits that did voter engagement work across nine states in the... read more

From the Founder: Automatic Registration Moves Forward . November 5, 2015

Among the most foundational rights as a citizen is the right to vote. It’s also one of a citizen’s most important responsibilities along with serving on a jury when called and paying ones taxes. This right is compromised by an outdated, still largely paper registration system that differs in all 50 states. One in four U.S. citizens is not registered... read more

California Becomes 2nd State to Automate Voter Registration . October 12, 2015

On Saturday Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1461 (along with 13 other voting and election bills), making California the second state to adopt automatic voter registration. Oregon did so earlier this year. In Oregon, an estimated 300,000 voters could be added to the rolls with automatic registration. In California, the Secretary of State’s office... read more

For Your Mission’s Sake: Spread the Word about Nonprofit Votes Count . September 10, 2015

This post is adapted from a September 8, 2015 article by Melissa Barwick, State Policy Associate at the National Council of Nonprofits’ website. How does voter engagement really align with a nonprofit’s mission? That’s a question many nonprofit professionals have probably asked themselves in the weeks since the launch of Nonprofit... read more

Pennsylvania Latest State to Offer Online Voter Registration . August 31, 2015

Last week Pennsylvania became the latest state to implement online voter registration.  Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia currently offer online registration or have enacted legislation to permit it. Online registration has seen incredible growth in recent years because it is convenient for voters, reduces data entry errors, and cuts... read more

National Voter Registration Day Launches New Website . July 30, 2015

We’re excited to announce the launch of National Voter Registration Day’s new website! The site features an event finder and social media toolkit. Sign up to become an official National Voter Registration Day partner and you will also have access to the new Field Toolkit, Communications Toolkit, posters, social media graphics, and guides covering... read more

#NPVotesCount Gains Momentum . July 28, 2015

Last week, Nonprofit VOTE, Independent Sector, National Council of Nonprofits, and United Way Worldwide launched a campaign to encourage nonprofit staff, board members and other volunteers to get registered and to vote. “Voter registration is the first step in making our voices heard as citizens,” said Geoff Plague, Vice President of Public Policy... read more

Nonprofit Votes Count Campaign . July 23, 2015

Nonprofit VOTE has joined with Independent Sector, National Council of Nonprofits and United Way Worldwide in a campaign to encourage nonprofit staff, board members and other volunteers to get registered and to vote. Called Nonprofit Votes Count, the campaign makes available a wealth of resources that make it easy for nonprofits like yours to ensure... read more

New Factsheet: HIPAA and Civic Engagement at Health Centers . June 26, 2015

HIPAA is the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and one of its primary goals is to protect the confidentiality and security of healthcare information. Protecting patient information is paramount for health centers, but complying with HIPAA does not prevent them from successfully conducting voter outreach with patients. What... read more

It’s Official! Vermont to Allow Election Day Registration . June 2, 2015

Yesterday, Vermont became the 14th state to pass Election Day Registration (the 15th jurisdiction, including the District of Columbia). The new law will take effect January 1, 2017. That means that for the 2016 presidential election (and all local elections before then) voters will need to register by the Wednesday before Election Day. Vermont joins... read more

Vermont Poised to Adopt Election Day Registration . May 15, 2015

This week, the Vermont House passed a bill that will allow voters to register to vote at a polling place on Election Day. Under the current law, the registration deadline is the Wednesday before the election. The House made a few changes to the original Senate bill text, which the Senate concurred with on Thursday. In addition to adopting Election Day... read more

Oregon to Proactively Register Voters . March 9, 2015

Earlier this year, we reported on a bill in Oregon that would actively register eligible citizens, creating one of the most complete voting lists in the country. Last week, Oregon’s legislature passed that voter registration bill (HB 2177), paving the way to adding hundreds of thousands of citizens to the voting rolls by shifting the burden of... read more

Oregon SOS to Push for Universal Voter Registration . January 21, 2015

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is proposing a bill that would add an estimated 300,000 voters to the state’s registry and eventually create one of the most complete voter rolls in the country. Under the law, eligible voters would be registered automatically by the state using records the DMV has on file. There would still be an option to opt... 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

Illinois to Permanently Offer Election Day Registration . December 22, 2014

This summer Illinois instituted a number of election law changes, but just for the November 4, 2014 election. The legislation:Expanded the number of days and extended the hours for early voting; Removed the requirement that people voting early show a photo ID; Allowed students attending Illinois public universities to shift their residences from their... read more

Do’s & Don’ts: Public Charities in an Election Year . October 28, 2014

Nonprofit VOTE helps 501(c)(3) nonprofits incorporate nonpartisan election activities into their services and activities. There is a wide variety of permissible activities nonprofits can do and we offer a range of resources to help your organization, whether you’re getting started for the first time or want to try out more complex candidate engagement... read more

Ohio Proposes Bill for “Voter Registration Awareness Day” . October 16, 2014

On Tuesday, Ohio State Senator Frank LaRose introduced legislation (SB 370) to designate the fourth Tuesday of September as “Voter Registration Awareness Day.” In an interview, LaRose said he got the idea from a group of black religious leaders from Cleveland and noted that a number of civic groups already recognize the fourth Tuesday of... read more

31,000 Voters Register Online in Illinois .

Yesterday, the Illinois State Board of Elections announced that 31,000 online voter registration applications were received by the regular registration deadline. Of those applications, more than one-third (11,071) were received in the final 2 days before the deadline. Online voter registration began on June 27, 2014. Although the regular registration... read more

Voter Registration Deadlines Near . September 29, 2014

Last Tuesday we celebrated the third annual National Voter Registration Day. National Voter Registration day is held on the fourth Tuesday of September because it falls right before the start of state voter registration deadlines. In every state except North Dakota, you must be registered in order to vote. Four states have voter registration deadlines... read more

Today is National Voter Registration Day . September 23, 2014

It’s finally here. Today is National Voter Registration Day! First things first. Are you registered? If yes, then great! If you’re not sure, check your registration. Have you moved recently? It’s an important question, because one in four voters wrongly believe that their registration is automatically updated when then change their... read more

Webinar Materials: Expanding the Right to Vote . September 19, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Expanding the Right to Vote in 2014, is now available. Many thanks to Jonathan Brater of the Brennan Center for presenting. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion... read more

NVRD Messaging for Nonprofits .

Over 2,000 partners have signed on to participate in National Voter Registration Day. Many are nonprofit service providers, whose approach to voter engagement and messaging around registration often differs from other organizations. Nonprofit VOTE has developed a few communications samples to help nonprofits talk about their participation in this exciting... read more

September is National Voter Registration Month . September 9, 2014

NASS President and Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown shows her support for voting.You already know that Tuesday, September 23rd is National Voter Registration Day, but did you know that September is National Voter Registration Month? The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established September as National Voter Registration... read more

Countdown to National Voter Registration Day . September 8, 2014

National Voter Registration Day is almost here! On September 23rd register and prepare your staff, constituents, and community to vote. Help register a quarter of a million new voters in a single day. Over 1,700 organizations are already signed on, and you can still join. There are two key communication dates this month:Two Weeks Before – On... read more

New Voter Registration Training Video . September 4, 2014

Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to share our latest voter registration resource for nonprofits. This new video walks you through the process of asking a potential voter to register, as well as how to fill out a registration form. It features two scenarios, one for registering a new voter and another for updating an address. Offering voter registration is... read more

Webinar Materials: Voter Registration at Your Nonprofit . August 22, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Voter Registration at Your Nonprofit, is now available. Many thanks to Rebecca Gorrell of the Colorado Participation Project for presenting. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation... read more

CIRCLE Factsheet: Youth Midterm Registration . August 20, 2014

Earlier this summer, CIRCLE released a new factsheet on Voter Registration among Young People in Midterm Elections, summarizing historical trends and analysis about why and how young people (ages 18-29) register to vote, and why they do not. Similar to older age groups, youth voter turnout and registration rates during midterm years are far lower than... read more

Making Voter Registration Visible . August 18, 2014

November 4th is less than 3 months away. August and September are important times to focus on voter registration ahead of many state deadlines. One easy way encourage voter registration is to take advantage of Nonprofit VOTE’s voter registration tool. Install it as a button on your website or link to the tool directly. The tool makes registering... read more

August 21st Webinar: Nonprofit Voter Registration . August 12, 2014

Want to register voters in your community but aren’t sure about the rules or what tactics to use? Join our upcoming webinar: Voter Registration at Your Nonprofit Thursday August 21st at 2:00pm ET Voter registration is a foundational voter engagement activity. Learn how your nonprofit can integrate voter registration into the work you already... read more

National Voter Registration Day Surpasses 1,000 Partners! . August 8, 2014

As of yesterday, more than 1,000 partners have signed on to host voter registration events across the country on National Voter Registration Day, which  falls on Tuesday, September 23rd. National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) is the largest single-day effort of the year to register voters and involve them in the American political process. Now in its... read more

Secretaries of State Endorse NVRD through 2019 . August 7, 2014

At their summer meeting, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) unanimously passed a 5 year resolution – the longest their bylaws allow – in support of National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). In its first two years, more than 1,000 organizations and 10,000 volunteers registered more than 357,000 people to vote on NVRD. NASS... read more

Kansas Registration Law to Bar Thousands from Voting . August 5, 2014

Kansas voters are headed to the polls today, but thousands of people who registered to vote will be unable to participate because of a proof-of-citizenship law. The federal registration form requires that a person attest to being a U.S. citizen under penalty of perjury, but does not require accompanying documentation. However, Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship... read more

August 7th Webinar: Celebrate NVRD . July 28, 2014

Want to participate in National Voter Registration Day but aren’t sure where to start? Join our upcoming webinar: Celebrate National Voter Registration Day Thursday August 7th at 2:00pm Eastern On September 23, 2014, volunteers and organizations from all over the country will celebrate the third annual National Voter Registration Day. In its... read more

Why Voter Registration Matters . July 7, 2014

In every state except North Dakota, you must first register before being able to vote. Thus, voter registration is critical to the voter engagement efforts of nonprofits. While some states allow same-day registration (the ability to register or update your registration information and then cast a ballot), most have advance registration deadlines that... read more

Why Don’t Registered Voters Vote? . July 2, 2014

Through their Current Population Survey (Voting and Registration), the Census Bureau surveyed Americans who were registered but did not vote in the 2012 presidential election. The top reasons for not voting were:Too busy, conflicting work or school schedules: 20 percent Not interested, felt like my vote wouldn’t make a difference: 16 percent Illness... 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

How to Approach “The Great Unengaged” . June 11, 2014

Of the 23.3 million voting-eligible Latino adult U.S. citizens, only an estimated 13.7 million are registered to vote. To better understand the nearly 10 million unregistered potential Latino voters, NALEO Educational Fund engaged the research firm Latino Decisions to conduct a national survey and series of focus groups to uncover the reasons that voting-eligible,... read more

Hawaii Adopts Election Day Registration . June 2, 2014

Hawaii looks to be the latest state to permit Election Day Registration. On April 29, the Hawaii legislature passed HB 2590, which has been transmitted to Governor Abercrombie for his signature. If implemented, Election Day Registration at precincts will not be available until 2018. However, for the 2016 election individuals will be able to register... read more

Get a Voter Registration Tool for Your Website . May 19, 2014

Don’t wait. The election is only six months away. Nonprofit VOTE is making it easy for you to help ensure your community can participate. Our new voter registration tool makes registering or updating your registration fast and easy. Developed by Rock the Vote and improved over several election cycles, it is state-specific and uses simple prompts... read more

Webinar Materials: Voter Registration . May 16, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Voter Registration at Your Nonprofit, is now available. Many thanks to Jeff Narabrook from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State for joining us. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation... read more

Pew Releases Elections Performance Index Update . April 22, 2014

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

Online Voter Registration Live in Connecticut . February 25, 2014

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

Community Health Vote . February 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two Months until National Voter Registration Day! . July 25, 2012

The countdown is officially on with only two months until National Voter Registration Day on September 25th! In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. On September 25, 2012, organizations across... 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

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

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

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

Conducting Voter Registration at Your Nonprofit . June 12, 2012

The only way to ensure that your clients and constituents can vote in November is to make sure they’re registered! Learn how during Thursday’s webinar: Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration Thursday June 14th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Registering to vote is the first step to becoming an active and engaged voter. In 2008, nine... 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

Florida Election Law Update . June 1, 2012

This time last year we reported on a new election law in Florida that drastically restricted third-party voter registration efforts. The 2011 law required that completed registration forms be submitted within 48 hours (groups previously had 10 days) and imposed strict fines for each late registration form. This requirement severely hampered the ability... 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

Election Day Registration Coming to Connecticut . May 9, 2012

Earlier this year, we tracked legislation in Connecticut that would allow for online registration (with a valid and current driver’s license) and Election Day Registration. As of last weekend, it appears that Connecticut will get both. The bill, passed by both the House and the Senate, goes to Governor Malloy who plans to sign it, saying “People... read more