Nonprofit voter engagement is good for organizations, but did you know that it’s also good for the people you serve?
Voting is connected with a host of positive benefits for the individual voter. Compared to non-voters, voters are more likely to volunteer, contact their elected officials, and stay informed about local affairs. Voting is associated with:
- Active Citizenship. Registered voters are more likely to engage in civic and political activities than those who are not registered. They are also more likely to talk to elected officials and be an advocate for themselves and their families. Voters are more likely to be active and engaged citizens who connect with their neighbors and participate in community activities.
- Social Connections. Voters tend to have stronger social connections, leading to a greater quality of life and longevity. Census surveys suggest that registered voters are, compared to non-voters, more strongly connected with their neighbors and family members. They are more likely to discuss political issues with family or do favors for their neighbors.
- Personal Agency. Voters have the satisfaction of knowing that they have expressed their opinions. Voting is a form of personal empowerment that gives you the opportunity to voice your opinion on issues that matter to you, your family, and your community.
- Other Benefits. These include better health outcomes, reduced unemployment, and lower recidivism rates.
Even if the winner of an election was not their preferred choice, “people are happier with the outcome and they feel more in control of their lives, if they voted,” said Psychologist Marc Zimmerman, professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Health.