Democracy Ballot Measures 2020 . September 15, 2020

Summary of Election-Related Ballot Measures for the November ballot In November voters in 14 states and Puerto Rico will weigh in on 19 ballot measures impacting how they vote and conduct elections.2020’s crop of ballot questions take on a range election topics such as the Electoral College, Ranked Choice Voting, Redistricting, and Open Primaries, and read more

WEBINAR RECAP: How Nonprofits Can Promote Voting By Mail . September 9, 2020

Did you know, this fall over 75% of voters will be eligible to receive a mail ballot? In states where a majority of voters have not voted by mail in the past or where laws have changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits have a role to play in educating and preparing voters to read more

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Make Sure Your (Mail-in) Ballot Counts . September 2, 2020

This will be an election like none other, but rest assured, it will go on. Thankfully, our democracy is resilient. We’ve held elections in wartime, during the Great Depression, and amidst the 2018 flu pandemic. We can do this! We will do this. However, central to holding a representative election safely amidst this pandemic is read more

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Why Nonprofits Must Remember the March on Washington . August 28, 2020

August 28, 1963 was 57 years ago. However, as we watch the news and look out our windows at untold thousands filling the streets, arm-in-arm for racial justice, that date and the famous March on Washington that it commemorates, feels like yesterday, or maybe even tomorrow. It’s easy to look at the black-and-white footage from read more

WEBINAR RECAP: Engaging Candidates Virtually During COVID-19 . August 24, 2020

While the news may be focused on the presidential race this November, communities across the country are also electing state and local officials. Such elections bring with them candidate debates, forums, and other events are prevalent in the summer and fall months to help voters learn more about candidates and their campaigns. Yet, not knowing read more

When Women are Civically Engaged our Democracy is Stronger . August 18, 2020

This Women’s History Month blog post was written by Natalie Cone, Manager of State Advocacy and Civic Engagement at the YWCA. The organizing efforts of women in civic engagement have shaped and strengthened our democracy. From the suffragettes who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago to Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella read more

Upholding the 55 Year Legacy of the Voting Rights Act as a Nonprofit . August 6, 2020

On this day 55 years ago, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. This historic piece of legislation is often cited as changing the scope of American democracy, doing so to ensure the voices of all, regardless of race, faith, gender, read more

WEBINAR RECAP: Election Countdown: Assets for Nonprofit Communications Staff . July 28, 2020

As the countdown to the 2020 election continues, we at Nonprofit VOTE want to make sure our nonprofit partners and the people they serve are #VoteReady in time for November 3. In this webinar, we introduced the Nonprofits Countdown to the Election, an online toolkit designed to provide nonprofit staff, clientele, and members with the information they need to read more

WEBINAR RECAP: Staying Nonpartisan as a 501 (c)(3) Organization . July 16, 2020

We know in the run up to to the 2020 election, many 501(c)(3) organizations want to engage with voters and candidates but are concerned about remaining nonpartisan. This is why we put together a webinar on the topic to ensure organizations, have an idea on what they can and can’t do, moving forward. Special thanks to read more

CenterLink Guest Blog: Voter Registration and the LGBTQ+ Community . July 6, 2020

Guest blog by Tanya Tassi, Policy Manager for CenterLink. Tanya first got involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy at the Wisconsin AIDS Resource Center at the age of 17 where she eventually became an HIV test counselor. She continued her work with the LGBTQ+ community; first at Nashville AIDS Project, then at her local PFLAG chapter, and read more

July 4th Reflections: Democracy and a History of Voting in The United States . July 2, 2020

Since the birth of this country, voting has been a key feature of a representational democracy meant to give the citizenry access to the inner-workings of the government. And while the right to vote was included in America’s foundational document – the United States Constitution ratified in 1789 – exactly WHO could vote was not read more

Libraries Engage Voters . June 25, 2020

Megan Murray Cusick is the Assistant Director for State Advocacy at American Library Association, working in partnership with ALA’s state chapters and affiliates to speak with a unified voice about the transformative power of our nation’s nearly 120,000 public, school, academic, and special libraries. Prior to joining American Library Association, Megan was a high school read more

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WEBINAR RECAP: Digital Voter Engagement Tools During the COVID Pandemic . June 22, 2020

Voter registration doesn’t stop due to the pandemic, but it does change. And with so much of our lives going digital during this time, online tools are some of the best options to ensure the communities we serve are #VoteReady. To help, we held virtual resource fair with presentations from Vote411, BallotReady, Rock the Vote, Democracy read more

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Q&A: Digital Voter Engagement Tools During the COVID Pandemic .

Missed our virtual civic tech tools fair featuring presentations from Vote411, BallotReady, Rock the Vote, Democracy Works, Register2Vote, Vote.org, and State Voices? We had a BIG turnout and lots of questions but not nearly enough time to answer them all.  So here are some answers to the most often asked questions that just didn’t make read more

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Where Your Census Work and Black Lives Matter Intersect . June 17, 2020

We’re not the first ones to say it, but we are at a pivotal point in our country’s history and it’s democracy. The last several months we have seen the country change drastically in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, altering the very fabric of our daily lives as a record number of people lost their read more

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NAMI: Mental Health is on the Ballot in 2020 . June 15, 2020

Guest blog by Brandon Graham, Senior Manager, Advocate Engagement for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He collaborates with the Alliance’s state and local leaders to engage grassroots mental health advocates, including shepherding NAMI’s get-out-the-vote efforts (Vote4MentalHealth). Prior to joining NAMI, Brandon worked on various political campaigns and as a U.S. Senate staffer. He read more

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Justice for George Floyd Demands a Healthy Democracy . June 3, 2020

Our Statement on the George Floyd Protests Like many Americans, we have been rocked by the brutal death of George Floyd, yet encouraged by the protestors’ struggle for justice and real change, a struggle seen in communities across the nation. Times like these call on all of us to ask hard questions – and to read more

Webinar Recap: Voter Registration in the Age of COVID . June 1, 2020

Thanks for joining our May 22 webinar “Voter Registration in the Age of COVID.” Special thanks to Lauren Kunis from National Voter Registration Day, Jennifer Lumpkin of Cleveland VOTES, Amara Reese-Hansell from Forward Montana Foundation and Caroline Mak from Nonprofit VOTE for sharing their knowledge and expertise.WEBINAR MATERIALS: Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the read more

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Jumpstart your Voter Engagement Efforts This Summer .

Start Your Summer Voter Engagement Work Summer is the perfect time to start planning how you will engage potential voters in the 2020 Elections taking place on November 3rd. As states begin to reopen and people become more mobile, we nonprofits can help make sure our communities have the information they need to cast their read more

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Why I believe in the 2020 Asian American Vote .

How I Learned the Power of the Asian American Vote For me, the last two months have been Zoom meetings by day, Netflix by night. Painfully relatable was Taylor Tomlinson’s “Quarter-Life Crisis” as the days blur together. There was also something else I found relatable: The “Patriot Act” episode called “Don’t Ignore the Asian American read more

Q&A: Voter Registration in the Age of COVID-19 . May 29, 2020

Voter Registration and COVID-19 FAQ Missed our live webinar about the impact of COVID-19 on voter registration and what can be done to remedy it? Our wonderful speakers — Lauren Kunis from National Voter Registration Day, Jennifer Lumpkin of Cleveland VOTES, Amara Reese-Hansell from Forward Montana Foundation and Caroline Mak from Nonprofit VOTE — were read more

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Webinar Recap: COVID-19 & Expanding Mail-In Ballots in November . May 11, 2020

Thanks for joining our April 23 webinar “COVID-19 & Expanding Mail-In Ballots in November” Special thanks to Amber McReynolds from the Vote at Home Institute, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Ben Hovland from the Elections Assistance Commission for sharing their knowledge and expertise.WEBINAR MATERIALS: Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit read more

Feeding America Looking to Make Hunger a Voting Issue in 2020 . May 6, 2020

Guest blog by Danny Navarro, Advocacy Manager for Feeding America. He has over eight years of experience working in civic engagement organizations and political organizations across the country, notably in Florida and in Washington D.C. He currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Laurie Ochoa, and they are looking forward to moving into their read more

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Q&A: COVID-19 & Expanding Mail-In Ballots Webinar . April 30, 2020

We recently hosted a record-breaking webinar (1000 RSVPs!) about expanding mail-in voting policies in the age of COVID-19 featuring Amber McReynolds from Vote at Home Institute, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Ben Hovland from the Election Assistance Commission. Simply put, we didn’t have enough time to answer all your questions during the live read more

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Mission Possible: VotER Keeps Engagement Key During COVID Outbreak .

Nonprofit VOTE and Independent Sector are partnering to bring you a new blog series, Mission Possible. This series will explore the different ways a variety of nonprofits are embedding voter engagement into their work. We believe that even limited voter engagement can help you enhance your mission and drive positive change for your communities and read more

Webinar Recap: Voting Rights and Support for People with Felony Convictions . April 7, 2020

Thanks to all who could join our March 31 webinar “Voting Rights and Support for People with Felony Convictions” Special thanks to Jon Sherman, Senior Counsel at Fair Elections Center and Samuel Gross from Revive My Vote for sharing their knowledge and expertise.WEBINAR MATERIALS: Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. read more

Webinar Recap: Nonprofits Count 2020 — Messaging Campaigns . March 30, 2020

Thanks to all who could join our March 12 webinar “Nonprofits Count 2020: Messaging Campaigns” Special thanks to Jeri Green from National Urban League and Adan Chavez from NALEO Educational Fund for sharing their knowledge and expertise.WEBINAR MATERIALS: Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: NALEO’s new Digital Toolkit: read more

Democracy Must Go On – Special COVID-19 Update . March 17, 2020

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Partners, These are challenging times. Like you, we are taking the CDC’s warnings about COVID-19 seriously – holding meetings virtually, working remotely, and more. It is our sincere hope that these social distancing interventions will save lives. Protecting our communities is paramount. We are also looking closely at how COVID-19 impacts read more

Lessons Learned: Ready for the 2020 Elections . March 13, 2020

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve had the honor to present to national partners hosting conferences in DC to lobby on issues important to them. After presenting to Feeding America, sitting on a panel for YMCA, and speaking with folks from the American Alliance of Museums, I’ve learned one important thing: Nonprofits are ready for read more

Webinar Recap: What is Ranked Choice Voting? . March 11, 2020

Thanks to all who were able to attend our February 25 webinar “What is Ranked Choice Voting?”   Special thanks to Drew Penrose from Fair Vote for sharing his knowledge and expertise.WEBINAR MATERIALS:Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel.   NEXT WEBINAR: What: “Voting Rights and Support for People with Felony Convictions”When: March 31 2pmETWho: Jon read more

Mission Possible: Neighbors Together . February 21, 2020

Nonprofit VOTE and Independent Sector are partnering to bring you a new blog series, Mission Possible. This series will explore the different ways a variety of nonprofits are embedding voter engagement into their work. We believe that even limited voter engagement can help you enhance your mission and drive positive change for your communities and read more

Debunking Voter Registration Myths . February 18, 2020

Whether it’s a big presidential election year or a so-called “off year” election, voter registration is always the first step in making sure citizens can make their voice heard at the ballot box.  As simple as that fact is, there is always room for misinformation, myths and outright lies that keep untold numbers of citizens read more

Webinar Recap: Census 2020 — Nonprofits CAN Shape the Future . February 4, 2020

Thanks to all who were able to attend our January 30 webinar “Census 2020: Nonprofits CAN Shape the Future.”   Special thanks to Victoria Leonhardt from Grow and Lead for sharing her knowledge and expertise.WEBINAR MATERIALS:Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel.   ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Sample 2020 Census Questionnaire Video on Census read more

Mission Possible: Options for Better Voter Engagement . December 17, 2019

Nonprofit VOTE and Independent Sector are partnering to bring you a new blog series, Mission Possible. This series will explore the different ways a variety of nonprofits are embedding voter engagement into their work. We believe that even limited voter engagement can help you enhance your mission and drive positive change for your communities and read more

Brexit Parties Lose Vote, Win the Election in the UK .

In last week’s British (UK) election, Boris Johnson and his allies lost the popular vote by over 1.7 million votes, but won a majority of seats in the Parliament ensuring Johnson will remain Prime Minister. While his Conservative Party and pro-Brexit parties won only 47% of the vote, they gained 57% of the seats, fueling read more

Webinar Recap: Planning Ahead for 2020 Elections and Census . November 26, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our November 21 webinar “Planning Ahead for 2020 Elections and Census.”   Special thanks to Bessie Chan-Smitham from Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Louisa Hackett from Community Votes who shared their knowledge.WEBINAR MATERIALS:Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel.   Any questions please contact Education Director, Caitlin Donnelly at caitlin@nonprofitvote.org

Mission Possible: Community Votes’ Crucial Lessons . October 23, 2019

Nonprofit VOTE and Independent Sector are partnering to bring you a new blog series, Mission Possible. This series will explore the different ways a variety of nonprofits are embedding voter engagement into their work. We believe that even limited voter engagement can help you enhance your mission and drive positive change for your communities and read more

Webinar Recap: Running a Voter Registration Drive at Your Nonprofit . August 30, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our August 29 webinar “Running Voter Registration Drive at Your Nonprofit.”   Special thanks to Dr. Mittie Davie Jones from Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs who shared her knowledge on running effective voter registration drives.WEBINAR MATERIALS:Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel.   RSVP for read more

Webinar Recap: Effectively Engaging Candidates . August 28, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our August 14 webinar “Effectively Engaging Candidates.”   Special thanks to Ronnie Pawelko Elections Counsel for Alliance for Justice who shared her knowledge on the best ways to engage with candidates.WEBINAR MATERIALS:Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Additional resources: Candidate Engagement Toolkit RSVP for our September read more

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Webinar Recap: Staying Nonpartisan — Rules for 501(c)(3) Organizations . August 7, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our July 31 webinar “Staying Nonpartisan: Rules for 501(c)(3) Organizations.”   Special thanks to David Levitt of Adler & Colvin for walking us through the Do’s and Don’ts of nonprofit voter engagement activity.WEBINAR MATERIALS:Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Additional resources: Checklist of permissible election activities What read more

Challenging At-Large Voting in Lowell: Resources & Fact Sheets . July 26, 2019

Challenging At-Large Voting in Lowell, Massachusetts: Resources & Fact Sheets On May 17th, Asian-American and Latino voters in Lowell, Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against the city for its use of At-Large Voting to elect its City Council and School Committee. The complaint filed in Federal District court said the at-large system, where all nine city read more

Webinar Recap: Engaging New Voters — Planning Best Practices . June 26, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our June 19 webinar “Engaging New Voters: Planning and Best Practices.” Special thanks to Victor Leandry, Executive Director of El Centro of El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc.; Rachel Contos, Community Liason at the Alliance to End Homlessness; and Caroline Mak, Research Coordinator at Nonprofit VOTE. WEBINAR MATERIALS: Please feel free read more

Mission Possible: Habitat for Humanity’s New House Rules . June 25, 2019

Nonprofit VOTE and Independent Sector are partnering to bring you a new blog series, Mission Possible. This series will explore the different ways a variety of nonprofits are embedding voter engagement into their work. We believe that even limited voter engagement can help you enhance your mission and drive positive change for your communities and read more

Webinar Recap: Better Voter Engagement Strategies for People with Disabilities . May 28, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our May 21 webinar “Better Voter Engagement Strategies for People with Disabilities.” Special thanks to Michelle Bishop, Disability Advocacy Specialist for Voting Rights at National Disability Rights Network and Molly Broadway from Disability Rights Texas. WEBINAR MATERIALS: Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Additional resources: Download read more

Mission Possible: FRAC Finds the Connection . May 22, 2019

Nonprofit VOTE and Independent Sector are partnering to bring you a new blog series, Mission Possible. This series will explore the different ways a variety of nonprofits are embedding voter engagement into their work. We believe that even limited voter engagement can help you enhance your mission and drive positive change for your communities and read more

Four Simple Strategies to Help Voters with Disabilities . May 21, 2019

This blog post was written by Sarah Blahovec, Disability Vote Organizer at National Council on Independent Living. The disability community is one of the largest groups of voters in the United States. In 2016, 16 million people with disabilities participated in the election. However, voter turnout of people with disabilities is still below the rest of read more

The Bureaucracy of Voter Registration Prevents Millions from Voting . May 5, 2019

Millions of eligible voters across the nation are unable to participate in our elections because of a problem with their voter registration or a missed deadline. The numbers change depending on the election cycle and other factors, but however you do the math, it’s clear that millions of our citizens are prevented from voting due read more

Webinar Recap: Supporting Voters in States with Voter ID Laws . April 23, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our April 18 webinar “Supporting Voters in States with Voter ID Laws.” Special thanks to David Griggs, Executive Director of Vote Riders; Arekia Bennett, Executive Director at Mississippi Votes; and Don Waisanen, Associate Professor at CUNY. WEBINAR MATERIALS: Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube read more

Mission Possible: National Urban League Stays on Target .

Nonprofit VOTE and Independent Sector are partnering to bring you a new blog series, Mission Possible. This series will explore the different ways a variety of nonprofits are embedding voter engagement into their work. We believe that even limited voter engagement can help you enhance your mission and drive positive change for your communities and read more

What Helping Citizens with Voter ID Should Look Like . April 16, 2019

This post was written in collaboration with the staff at Spread the Vote. Simply put, a voter ID law is any regulation requiring that a voter furnish proof of identity in order to cast a ballot in an election. As of 2016, ​over 30 states have voter ID laws in place.​ On the surface, these read more

Webinar Recap: America Goes to the Polls 2018 . April 15, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our April 2 webinar “America Goes to the Polls.” Special thanks to Michael McDonald, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Florida; Amber McReynolds, Executive Director at Vote at Home; and Caroline Mak, Research Coordinator at Nonprofit VOTE. WEBINAR MATERIALS: Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the read more

Full 50 State 2018 Turnout Ranking and Voting Policy . April 10, 2019

Last month, Nonprofit VOTE and the U.S. Elections Project released America Goes to the Polls, our report that looks at all 50 states turnout in 2018 and the policies that impacted it. In 2018, we saw history being made as voters across the country turned out in numbers not seen in a midterm election in read more

Mission Possible: Goodwill Gets into Voter Engagement . March 25, 2019

Nonprofit VOTE and Independent Sector are partnering to bring you a new blog series, Mission Possible. This series will explore the different ways a variety of nonprofits are embedding voter engagement into their work. We believe that even limited voter engagement can help you enhance your mission and drive positive change for your communities and read more

Webinar Recap: Getting Your Issue on the Ballot . March 20, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our March 14th webinar “Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits.” Special thanks to Kellie Dupree from BISC (Ballot Initiative Strategy Center) and John Brautigam from Democracy Maine for sharing their data and insights. This year is already off to a good start and we’ve got LOTS more planned for this year! Read about our plans here. WEBINAR MATERIALS: Please read more

Webinar Recap: Planning Your Census 2020 Work . March 14, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our February 21 webinar “Planning Your Census 2020 Work.” Special thanks to Anita Banerji from ForeFront and Beth Huang from Massachusetts Voter Table for sharing their data and insights. This year is already off to a good start and we’ve got LOTS more planned for this year! Read about our plans here. WEBINAR MATERIALS: Please feel free to download read more

Webinar Roundup: Fundraising for Your Census 2020 Work . February 19, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our February 14 webinar “Fundraising for Your Census 2020 Work.” Special thanks to Debbie McKeon from Council of Michigan Foundations and Jay Young from Common Cause for sharing their data and insights. This year is already off to a good start and we’ve got LOTS more planned for read more

Imagining Census 2020 without Nonprofits . February 13, 2019

The year is 2020. Across the country snow is melting, spring is just around the corner, and letters from the US Census Bureau are inside every mailbox. These letters will ask each household to record basic demographic data about themselves on an online portal. Many families will follow the link and complete the questionnaire with ease and read more

Webinar Roundup: Running for Office — A Primer for Nonprofit Leadership . February 5, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our January 31 webinar “Running for Office — A Primer for Nonprofit Leadership.” Special thanks to Christina Sanders from Vote Run Lead and Derek Marshall at Nation Builder for sharing their data and insights. This was our first webinar of 2019 and we’ve got LOTS more planned for this read more

Partnership Profile: National Urban League . January 29, 2019

Nonprofit VOTE has had the pleasure of working with several organizations doing voter engagement work. One of those organizations is the National Urban League, who also served as a premier partner for National Voter Registration Day. The NUL is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of read more

5 Reasons Nonprofit Leaders Should Run for Office . January 25, 2019

Encouraging people to vote is one of the most direct ways nonprofits can promote and protect democracy, but running for office is probably the boldest. As leaders and staff of charitable organizations, we often think of ourselves as people who serve the community in a less visible capacity – fundraising for programs that serve our read more

Ending the Cutoff to Register to Vote in all 50 states . January 9, 2019

Ending the Cutoff to Register to Vote in all 50 states While 19 states already have Election Day or same day Registration, where every voter can register or update their registration on Election Day or during early voting, 31 other states still cut off voter registration up to a month before the election. That could read more

First-Timers Succeed Even When They Fall Short . December 11, 2018

First-Timers Succeed Even When They Fall Short   Voter engagement work isn’t easy. From asking strangers if they are registered to vote, to organizing your first voter registration drive, there are lots of things that make this work confusing and challenging. Luckily, many of us also know that it gets better and more fun every time read more

The Question We Can Stop Asking About Nonprofits and Voting . November 30, 2018

What compels someone to vote for a specific candidate? Why do they vote for some measures but against others? Ask any professional pollster and they’ll tell you that even when all the demographic data lines up, there are still ghosts in the machine — blind turns they can’t see coming. But there is one question read more

Webinar Roundup: Understanding Who Turned Out to Vote in 2018 . November 26, 2018

Thanks to all who were able to attend our November 20 webinar “Understanding Who Turned Out to Vote in 2018.” Special thanks to Michael McDonald from the US Elections Project,  Abby Kiesa from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) and to Eric Salcedo and Christine Chen of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) for read more

Announcing Our 2019 Webinar Series . November 20, 2018

Who says there can be too much of a good thing? In 2019, Nonprofit VOTE is bringing you more webinars than ever before! Long time favorites, such as Planning Ahead, Staying Nonpartisan, and Working with Candidates, will be offered alongside new topics, like supporting voters in voter ID states, getting your issues on the ballot, and fundraising read more

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Midterm Turnout Hits 50-Year High . November 7, 2018

UPDATED 11/9/18 – As of 9 am Friday, the US Elections Project shows 2018 turnout at 48.5%, just shy of the 48.7% midterm turnout in 1966. If the final count exceeds the 1966 record, we would need to go back to 1914, over 100 years ago, to find a higher midterm turnout. The year was 1966. The read more

Political Reform Wins Big in the States .

By large margins voters said “YES” to sweeping reforms in how we register and vote. Amidst high youth voter turnout, ballot measures rode a wave of support to change how we do redistricting, register voters, pay for campaigns, re-engage ex-offenders, cast and count votes. Independent Redistricting Commissions Americans voted overwhelmingly to take away the power read more

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How One Website Is Fighting to Give Ex-Felons Back Their Power to Vote . October 16, 2018

Cold weather makes you sick. You only use 10% of your brain. Ex-felons can’t vote. We’ve heard these all our lives and while none of them are actually true, only one of them is hurting our democracy. “When you run into people with past convictions many of them believe that they cannot vote. That’s not read more

Webinar: Nonprofits Get Out the Vote . October 12, 2018

Did you miss our October 11 Webinar, “Nonprofits Get Out the Vote: Strategies and Messaging” with Nonprofit Vote’s Partner Engagement Coordinator Lamont Harrell and Ohio Votes Coordinator Maria Bruno! Check out our recap to see how your nonprofit can help get out the vote! Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch read more

Nonprofits Count: Census 2020 . September 27, 2018

Did you miss our September 20 Webinar, “Nonprofits Count: Preparing for Census 2020?”  We’ve got a recap with Terri Ann Lowenthal, Consultant on all things census, Sheilah P. Clay of Neighborhood Service Organization, and Stephania Ramirez of California Community Foundation! Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit read more

Webinar Roundup: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits . August 14, 2018

Thanks to all who were able to attend our August 9 webinar “Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits.” Special thanks to Kellie Dupree from the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center and Shannon Schell of Protecting Arizona’s Families Coalition. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Quick Links: Here are a few read more

Webinar Roundup: Interacting With Candidates . July 25, 2018

Thanks to all who were able to attend our July 19th webinar “Interacting with Candidates: 5 Approaches for your Nonprofit” Special thanks to MassVote‘s Cheryl Clyburn Crawford for lending us her expertise. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint or watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Quick Links: Quick Links: Here are the additional resources we mentioned during the read more

Webinar Roundup: Philanthropy’s Role in Democracy . July 12, 2018

Thanks to all who were able to attend our July 11th webinar “Philanthropy’s Role in Democracy.” Special thanks to Nonprofit VOTE’s Brian Miller, Kansas Health Foundation’s Elina Alterman, and The Fund For New Jersey’s Kiki Jamieson for lending us their expertise. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Quick Links: read more

Everything You Need to Know About Ranked Choice Voting . June 22, 2018

The following is an excerpt from “The Myths, The Facts, The Future: Everything You Need to Know About Ranked Choice Voting” written by George Pillsbury as it appears on The Independent Voter Network (IVN.US).  Partisan gerrymandering. Money in politics. The Electoral College. Undue restrictions on who votes and how we vote. Every contentious election issue discussed read more

Citizenship Question Jeopardizes Accurate Census . June 20, 2018

In the coming months, Nonprofit VOTE will be building out our Nonprofits Count resource library to help nonprofits engage in and support a fair and accurate Census in 2020. Nonprofits, as we did in 2010, can help ensure the communities we serve are counted. Before we get to the counting part though, there are some read more

Webinar Roundup: Countdown to National Voter Registration Day . June 12, 2018

Thanks to all who were able to attend our June 7th webinar “Countdown to National Voter Registration Day!” Special thanks to MOVE San Antonio’s Alyssa Pope and Disability Rights New York’s Yasmine Kamel for lending us their expertise on how best to host awesome National Voter Registration Day events. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the read more

Webinar Roundup: Reaching Young Voters . May 22, 2018

Thanks to all who were able to attend our May 17th webinar “Reaching Young Voters” Special thanks to Inspire U.S.’s Hannah Mixdorf, LeadMN’s Cecilia Damian, and HeadCount’s Andy Bernstein for lending us their expertise. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, or watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Quick Links: Here are a few of read more

Introduction to the Foundation Toolkits . April 11, 2018

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE VOTER ENGAGEMENT TOOLKIT FOR COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS. Click here to learn more and to download the foundation toolkits.   Foundations and nonprofits are well positioned to increase voter and civic participation within the communities they serve. They’re trusted messengers, deeply rooted in local communities and invested for the long read more

Webinar Roundup: Engaging New Voters: . April 9, 2018

Thanks to all who were able to attend our March 29th webinar “Engaging New Voters: How Nonprofits Can Close the Voter Participation Gap.” Special thanks to CRC America’s Emily Shamsid-Deen and Nonprofit VOTE’s Brian Miller for lending us their expertise. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, or watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Quick Links: Here are a read more

Webinar Roundup: Engaging New Voters–How Nonprofits Can Close the Voter Participation Gap . March 30, 2018

Webinar Roundup: Engaging New Voters–How Nonprofits Can Close the Voter Participation Gap Thanks to all who were able to attend our March 29th webinar “Engaging New Voters–How Nonprofits Can Close the Voter Participation Gap.” Special thanks to Emily Shamsid-Deen and Brian Miller for lending us their expertise. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, read more

States that allow pre-registration for 16 & 17-year olds . March 14, 2018

Since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February, teenagers from around the country have not only organized a large demonstration in Washington, D.C (in addition to nearly 800 more cities). and inspired a nationwide walkout on March 14, they have ignited an interest in getting young people registered to vote. However, registering people under read more

Webinar Rundown: Being Nonpartisan: 2018 Voter Engagement Dos and Don’ts for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits . March 12, 2018

Webinar Rundown: Being Nonpartisan 2018 Voter Engagement Dos and Don’ts for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our March 8 webinar “Being Nonpartisan: 2018 Voter Engagement Dos and Don’ts for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits” Special thanks to David Levitt for lending us his expertise. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, read more

Texans Take Advantage of Early Voting in Record Numbers . March 7, 2018

No matter which candidates walk away with the most votes in the 2018 Texas primaries, there has been one clear winner from the beginning — the voters.  Even before Tuesday’s ballots are counted, Texan voters took advantage of their rights and cast early votes in record numbers. According to Texas Secretary of State office, early read more

Webinar Rundown: Plan Ahead 2018 Part 2 . February 27, 2018

Webinar Rundown: Plan Ahead 2018 Part 2 Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our February 22nd webinar “Plan Ahead 2018 Part 2” Special thanks to Cheryl Ellis for lending us her expertise. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, or watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Quick Links: Here are a few read more

Webinar Rundown: Plan Ahead 2018 Part 1 . February 13, 2018

Webinar Rundown: Plan Ahead 2018 Part 1 Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our February 8th webinar “Plan Ahead 2018 Part 1” Special thanks to Cheryl Ellis for lending us her expertise. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, or watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Quick Links: Here are a few read more

Webinar Rundown: The Problem of Low Voter Turnout . November 20, 2017

Webinar Rundown: The Problem of Low Voter Turnout in Local Elections, 2017 Thank you to everyone who attended our November 14th webinar on “The Problem of Low Voter Turnout in Local Elections.” We would like to offer special thanks to Phil Kiesling for sharing his expertise with us. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the read more

Fair Vote Methods for Multi-Seat Elections . November 4, 2017

Fair Voting Methods for Multi-Seat Elections: Limited Voting, Cumulative Voting, proportional Ranked Choice Voting Limited Voting, Cumulative Voting, and the proportional form of Ranked Choice Voting are the three main voting methods used as a “fair vote” alternative to the winner-take-all, plurality voting method used in At-Large elections. These include city councils, school committees, county read more

Webinar Rundown: AAPI Vote . October 23, 2017

Webinar Rundown: AAPI Vote 2017 Thank you to everyone who attended our October 19th webinar on “The Asian American and Pacific Islander Vote.” We would like to offer special thanks to Karthick Ramakrishnan for sharing his expertise with us. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, or watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Quick Links: Here read more

Webinar Rundown: Working with Candidates .

Webinar Rundown: Working with Candidates 2017 Thank you to everyone who attended our October 12th webinar on “Working with Candidates.” We would like to offer special thanks to Cheryl Clyburn Crawford  for sharing her expertise with us. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, or watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Quick Links: Here are a read more

The Bias of At-Large Elections: How it Works . August 16, 2017

The Bias of At-Large Elections: How it Works “The Oldest Trick in the Book” If you want to rig a local election, there’s an easier way than stuffing a ballot box, gerrymandering a district, or amassing a campaign war chest to scare off challengers. Have your city or county adopt winner-take-all “At-Large” voting, where, instead read more

Two Examples of the Bias of At-Large Voting: From Non-election Settings . August 15, 2017

Two Examples of the Bias of At-Large Voting: From Non-election Settings The examples show how the use of standard plurality At-Large voting method allows one voting block to determine not just their fair share but all the choices. Under plurality at-large voting rules, voters may cast as many votes as there are choices. They may read more

Post-Webinar Resources: Pipelining Nonprofit Leaders . July 17, 2017

Nonprofit VOTE 6/20/2017 Webinar Resources: On June 20, 2017, Nonprofit VOTE held a webinar, “Running for Office: Pipelining Nonprofit Leaders“. We would like to offer special thanks to German Cash of New American Leaders Project and Shannon Garrett of SMG Strategies for making the time to share their expertise with all of us. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, read more

Webinar Rundown: Being Nonpartisan 2017 . May 26, 2017

Webinar Rundown: Being Nonpartisan 2017 Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our webinar last week “Being Nonpartisan.” We would like to offer special thanks to David Levitt of Adler & Colvin for making the time to share his legal expertise with all of us. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download read more

Political Competition Hits Historic Low: Part Three . May 11, 2017

Political Competition Hits Historic Low: Part Three The Electoral College (This three part series focuses on four foundational election practices that limit political competition and voter choice – methods not meant to be permanent and adopted in the 18th century when democracy was new, populations small, and few candidates or parties or people eligible to read more

Webinar Rundown: Register Your Constituents to Vote in 2017 . May 9, 2017

Webinar Rundown: Register Your Constituents to Vote Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our webinar last week “Register Your Constituents to Vote in 2017.” We would like to offer special thanks to Cheryl Ellis of Democracy North Carolina and Emily Shamsid-Deen of Community Resource Center in Denver Colorado for lending us read more

Political Competition Hits Historic Low: Part Two . May 4, 2017

Political Competition Hits Historic Low: Part Two Money and Politics (This three part series focuses on four foundational election practices that limit political competition and voter choice – methods not meant to be permanent and adopted in the 18th century when democracy was new, populations small, and candidates, parties and people eligible to vote few. read more

Webinar Rundown: Voter File 101 . April 21, 2017

Voter File 101: The Benefits of Using the Voter File in Civic Engagement and Advocacy Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our April 18th webinar “Voter File 101: The Benefits of Using the Voter File in Civic Engagement and Advocacy.” We would also like to thank George Christie and Chris read more

Political Competition Hits Historic Low: Part One . April 6, 2017

Political Competition Hits Historic Low: Part One The Anti-Competitive Impact of Winner-Take-All Voting and Partisan Redistricting Democracy cannot be just defined by the right to vote. Voters must also be offered meaningful choices between candidates and a genuine degree of electoral competition. Outside of a few battleground states, competition was hard to find in 2016. read more