Voter turnout gaps along the lines of race, age, income, and education level distort our democracy at the policy debates that flow from it. These gaps are present even in the most voter-friendly states as they are a reflection of who is and is not contacted about voting. To close the gaps and foster a more representative electorate, we need to build civic ecosystems to engage currently underrepresented voices.
As this report shows, nonprofit service providers are uniquely well-positioned to foster a more inclusive democracy. Nonprofits like food pantries, health centers, housing clinics, and family service agencies reach demographic groups underrepresented at the polls. Furthermore, the nonpartisan voter engagement conducted by these nonprofits has its biggest turnout impact among these target groups contributing to a more representative electorate.