Category: Registration

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

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

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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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

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