Interest in National Voter Registration Day, set to take place on Tuesday September 27th this year, is running high. Last Thursday’s webinar on how to get involved in NVRD attracted 569 interested nonprofit staff, volunteers and others, setting a new record for Nonprofit VOTE. If you missed the webinar, you can now watch it on YouTube, and download the PowerPoint presentation and audio MP3.
We’d like to take a moment to thank Sara Tabatabaie, Digital Director at Rock the Vote, and Stevie Valles, Director of National Voter Registration Day, for lending us their time and expertise last Thursday. Thanks go as well to our attendees who posed so many excellent questions that we were still on the line half an hour after the webinar’s official stop time.
If you’re new to the holiday, NVRD is single day of coordinated field and media efforts to focus attention on voter registration. Celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of September annually, it serves as a reminder to register to vote if you are eligible, and to check your existing registration to ensure it is accurate.
This year, more than 3,000 organizations have already committed to taking part. Events will be held across the country with flagship events being held in select cities. The goal this year is to register 500,000 voters!
National Voter Registration Day was founded in 2012 by a group of concerned voting advocacy organizations after six million Americans were unable to vote in the 2008 election, because they either missed a voter registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. It was quickly adopted by the National Association of Secretaries of State and National Association of State Elections Directors and has been growing in popularity since.
This Thursday, September 1st, Nonprofit VOTE will hold a companion webinar to last Thursday’s webinar to dig deeper in the nuts and bolts of doing voter registration on NVRD. Please take a moment to RSVP now and help us spread the word.
We discussed some excellent resources during last Thursday’s webinar. Below, we’ve prepared a quick list of some of those resources.
- National Voter Registration Website – www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org
- The sign up page – bit.ly/MyNVRD2016
- The official Partner Toolkit page (Contains Field & Media toolkits and social media graphics)
- Press release template for you organization