Know What’s on Your Ballot

In a recent report from the Knight Foundation that looked at 2016 non-voters, they found that most non-voters felt they did not have enough information to cast a ballot. This disparity was even larger for 18 to 24-year-olds.

Sharing information with potential voters about what races and ballot initiatives they can expect to see when they vote. The templates below share information about where and how people can look up ballot information.

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We not only encourage you to read and copy the information from the templates, we are asking you to do it! You can give us credit by tagging us in social media posts on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

A. Email or Letter

Dear [Name of Receiver],

The election is 5 weeks away so there’s plenty of time to learn about what’s on your ballot. By researching the candidates and initiatives you can expect to see, you can make sure you’re prepared well-ahead of Election Day.

Find out what’s on your ballot with BallotReady:

Go to BallotReady’s website, type in your address, and you will be directed to information about your next election with an option to opt into email reminders when new ballot information is available. 

Thousands of potential voters across the country cite not knowing what’s on their ballot as a reason for not voting in elections. You can help make sure people show up on Election Day by being prepared and sharing information or tools like BallotReady with your friends, neighbors, and community ahead of Election Day. Go ahead! Forward this email to three friends or family members right now so they can find their ballot information.

Can’t vote? No problem! Sharing information like how to find what’s on your ballot and other important election information with voters is a great way to get involved. 

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B. Mobile Text Message
Hi, I’m [Name of Sender] with [Name of Organization]. Do you know what’s on your ballot? Find out today at and tell three friends how they can find their ballot information too!


C. Facebook Post
Are you ready to #VoteInformed? Visit @ballotready voter guides to find out what candidates and referendums are on your ballot this November:

Feeling #voteready and want to help others find their ballot information? Like and share our post with your friends and family! [Click here for social media graphics]

D. Twitter Post
Step 1: Get #VoteInformed today by visiting @BallotReady voter guides:

Step 2: Like and retweet to help friends and family get #VoteReady! [Click here for social media graphics]
E. Webinar Chat Language
Our webinar will begin shortly! While you wait, find out what’s on your ballot using BallotReady’s ballot look up tool:


While we highlighted BallotReady’s lookup tool, there are other resources that you may prefer to use when inviting people in your network to look up their ballot information. Consider checking out for a different interface.

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