A new poll from The Pew Charitable Trusts indicates that many voters are not well-informed about election policies.
Among registered voters living in states with early voting:
- 11% did not realize that their state offered the option of voting early.
- 11% were unsure whether early voting was available in their state.
Among registered voters living in states where no excuse is necessary to request an absentee ballot:
- 10% believed that they would need to provide an excuse to vote absentee.
- 30% did not know whether no-excuse absentee voting was allowed in their state.
In states that allow citizens to register and vote at the polls on Election Day:
- 16% believed their state did not allow Election Day registration.
- 14% did not know whether Election Day registration was offered in their state.
In states that do not allow voters to register on Election Day:
- 26% thought that they could register and vote on Election Day.
- 30% did not know whether Election Day registration was allowed.
These findings reinforce the need for extensive and ongoing voter education. Voting laws can frequently change and even when they don’t, participation can be sporadic enough that it’s easy for voters to forget how things work. Nonprofits can fill this gap in voting knowledge and help voters in their community successfully cast a ballot.
Learn more about what your organization can do by registering for next week’s webinar on making a voter engagement plan for your nonprofit, and downloading our 2014 Voter Engagement Timeline.