Category: Voting

Why Centering Racial Equity Creates a Stronger Democracy . March 26, 2021

Originally posted on Independent Sector. Nonprofits, as well as businesses, universities, and governmental entities, are deeply intertwined with the communities we serve. No action we take is in isolation. Even seemingly “neutral” actions can perpetuate the status quo of racial inequity. It is this understanding that prompted Nonprofit VOTE to join with Independent Sector’s recent read more

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Women’s History Month 2020: Women We Admire . March 5, 2021

Its March which means its Women’s History Month, a chance for everyone to reflect and remark on the names — both known and unknown — that left an impact on all of our lives.  In our line or work, we know that when women are civically engaged our democracy thrives. We also know that when read more

WEBINAR RECAP: Voter Turnout in the 2020 Elections . November 25, 2020

It’s been said it before, but it bears repeating… this past election, was the biggest in over 120 YEARS, with a record-breaking 160 MILLION American’s turning out to vote! In addition to celebrating such high turnout, in this webinar, we conducted a deeper insight into the demographics of this election, breaking down the data captured through early voting periods, read more

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Why 2020 Broke Voter Turnout Records . November 23, 2020

The historic 2020 election — which saw over 160 million voters turnout — didn’t start with the series of primaries earlier this year or even the series of candidate debates in 2019.  For election officials and directors, the 2020 election started much, much earlier. “There’s this idea that election officials wake up a couple months 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

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

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

How 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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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

Political Reform Wins Big in the States . November 7, 2018

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