Showing posts tagged with: "inthenews"

August Webinar: Recruiting Poll Workers . August 16, 2012

We can’t have Election Day without poll workers and translators! Encourage your constituents to serve as poll workers and help your community vote in 2012. Poll Worker Recruitment for Nonprofits Thursday August 30th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Poll workers are on the front lines of helping people vote on Election Day. This year, many states have new ID read more

Vote 2012: The Nonprofit Difference . August 14, 2012

The following appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of The Provider, the flagship publication of the Providers’ Council. Many nonprofits see voter outreach as something beyond the scope of the services they provide, leaving their clients to instead rely on the efforts of candidates and party campaigns. As a result, many potential voters receive no read more

Get Your "Vote November 6" Poster! . August 13, 2012

We’re pleased to debut our “Vote November 6” poster design for 2012! Order yours by signing up to support voting November 6th! You can choose to receive just the poster or a full “Vote November 6” kit which includes a poster, button, and stickers to help your nonprofit promote the election. After ordering a copy, read more

NASS Declares Sept. 25 National Voter Registration Day . August 9, 2012

The National Association of Secretaries of State has officially declared September 25th, 2012 National Voter Registration Day! Read the full release. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is a nonpartisan professional organization for state officials and its members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa. NASS facilitates read more

Nonprofit Voter Registration Webinar Resources . August 3, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration, is now available. Thank you to Isela Gutiérrez-Gunter from Democracy North Carolina for joining us to discuss how your nonprofit can raise participation rates in 2012 by registering voters. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is read more

70 (Week)days of Get-Out-the-Vote Posters! . August 1, 2012

We’re kicking off our countdown to November 6th with 70 (week)days of posters! Every weekday from now until Election Day we’ll be sharing a different poster design from AIGA’s get-out-the-vote galleries. As part of their Design for Democracy program, AIGA–the professional association for design–has invited their members to create nonpartisan posters and videos that inspire read more

Learn about Nonprofit Voter Registration! . July 30, 2012

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar! Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration Thursday August 2nd, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Registering to vote is the first step to becoming an active and engaged voter. In 2008, nine out of ten registered voters cast a ballot; among those who did not vote, many reported that they encountered problems read more

Election Protection Webinar Materials . July 27, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, Nonprofits and Election Protection: Our role in helping our communities vote November 6, is now available. Thank you to Eric Marshall from the Lawyers’ Committee for joining us to discuss how your nonprofit can help ensure that your community members have the information and resources they need to successfully cast a ballot in read more

Upcoming Nonprofit Voter Registration Webinar . July 26, 2012

November is only a few months away! Help register your clients and community members to vote and ensure that their voices are heard in 2012! Register to learn more: Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration Thursday August 2nd, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Registering to vote is the first step to becoming an active and engaged voter. In 2008, read more

Two Months until National Voter Registration Day! . July 25, 2012

The countdown is officially on with only two months until National Voter Registration Day on September 25th! In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. On September 25, 2012, organizations across read more

Register Now for Nonprofits and Election Protection . July 24, 2012

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar: Nonprofits and Election Protection Thursday July 26th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Your nonprofit can help ensure that your clients, constituents, and community members have the information and resources they need to successfully cast a ballot this year. We’ll discuss tools like the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline and a new mobile phone read more

Test Your Advocacy Capacity! . July 23, 2012

Bolder Advocacy (Alliance for Justice) has a new Advocacy Capacity Tool to help nonprofits and foundations assess their ability to conduct advocacy. The online survey can provide insights and help make your advocacy more effective. Nonprofit voter engagement is a critical piece of your advocacy toolkit. Raising participation rates in your community can benefit both read more

It’s Summer, Don’t Forget About SPF! . July 20, 2012

Summer is in full swing and while you’re enjoying the seasonal fun, you shouldn’t forget about SPF. While sunscreen is important for your outdoor activities, we’re talking about a different kind of SPF–Start Planning for Fall! The November general election is just months away and there’s plenty your nonprofit can do to help your community read more

Partner Spotlight: YouthBuild USA . July 19, 2012

One of our newest national partners, YouthBuild USA, is coordinating a 2012 National Voter Registration Campaign with the goal of registering 25,000 new voters in YouthBuild communities across the country. Incorporated in 1990, there are now 273 YouthBuild programs in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. 110,000 YouthBuild students have built read more

Upcoming Webinar: Nonprofits & Election Protection . July 17, 2012

In addition to helping clients register to vote, nonprofits can play a critical role in ensuring our communities can actually cast a ballot. Nonprofits and Election Protection Thursday July 26th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Your nonprofit can help ensure that your clients, constituents, and community members have the information and resources they need to successfully cast a read more

Voter Engagement Starter Kit: Updated for 2012 . July 16, 2012

Now that your organization has decided to endorse voting, you might be wondering what to do next. Just in time to help you make your summer plans, we’ve revised our Starter Kit for 2012! A Voter Participation Starter Kit for Nonprofits and Social Service Agencies is an ideal guide for helping kick off voter participation read more

Participate in National Voter Registration Day! . July 13, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, National Voter Registration Day: How to Get Involved, is now available. With so many great questions from participants, you’ll definitely want to check out these materials! Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and read more

Keeping Track of Your Nonprofit’s Advocacy . July 12, 2012

Bolder Advocacy (Alliance for Justice) recently released Keeping Track: A Guide to Recordkeeping for Advocacy Charities. The guide is designed to help nonprofit staff and board members track the lobbying activities of their organization and accurately report those activities to the IRS. The guide contains sample forms and multiple options for tracking staff time, overhead read more

Endorse Voting November 6! . July 11, 2012

Endorse voting November 6 and get your free poster, buttons, and stickers! As 501(c)(3) nonprofits we can’t endorse candidates, but we can endorse voting. Join Nonprofit VOTE’s 2012 “Vote November 6” campaign by endorsing voting! The nonprofit sector can spread a simple yet effective message: Vote November 6. Together we can ensure our communities make read more

National Voter Registration Day Webinar on Thursday . July 10, 2012

The only way to ensure that your clients and constituents can vote in November is to make sure they’re registered! Join us on Thursday for: National Voter Registration Day: How to Get Involved Thursday July 12th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern On September 25th, 2012 thousands of nonprofits, businesses, and volunteers across the country will band together for read more

Get Involved in National Voter Registration Day! . July 2, 2012

The only way to ensure that your clients and constituents can vote in November is to make sure they’re registered! National Voter Registration Day: How to Get Involved Thursday July 12th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern On September 25th, 2012 thousands of nonprofits, businesses, and volunteers across the country will band together for National Voter Registration Day–an effort read more

Webinar Recap: What Staff Can(‘t) Do . June 29, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, What Nonprofit Staff Can Do: Voter Engagement at Work and Off the Clock, is now available! Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion of the presentation, or browse all of read more

Separating Personal and Professional Election Work . June 26, 2012

Don’t let uncertainty keep you on the sidelines this year! There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar: What Nonprofit Staff Can Do: Voter Engagement at Work and Off the Clock Thursday June 28th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Outside of work, nonprofit employees are free to volunteer for political campaigns or engage in other partisan political activities. read more

AIGA Get-Out-the-Vote Poster Competition . June 22, 2012

As part of their Design for Democracy program, AIGA–the professional association for design–is hosting a get-out-the-vote poster contest! Their Get-Out-the-Vote campaign invites designers to create nonpartisan posters and videos that inspire the American public to participate in the electoral process and vote in the 2012 general election. The initiative enables designers to engage in the read more

Pushing for Registration at Indian Health Service Facilities . June 21, 2012

On Tuesday, Jefferson Keel, president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), said that Indian Health Service facilities should be designated voter registration sites in the same way state-based public assistance agencies are under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Keel noted that the facilities are ideal for voter registration because they’re in many read more

Partner Spotlight: U.S. Vote Foundation . June 20, 2012

The U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) is working to transform the complex domestic absentee voter process. Starting this month, US Vote will launch an online absentee ballot request process for all states. The site already features state-specific voter registration, election information, and a comprehensive election office directory. US Vote will help overcome the information and read more

Webinar: What Nonprofit Staff Can(‘t) Do . June 18, 2012

Working for a nonprofit that does nonpartisan voter engagement work doesn’t limit employees’ ability to do other political work on their own time. Learn how to differentiate between the two during: What Nonprofit Staff Can Do: Voter Engagement at Work and Off the Clock Thursday June 28th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Outside of work, nonprofit employees are read more

Voter Registration Webinar Materials . June 15, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration, is now available! Thank you to our wonderful presenter, Isela Gutiérrez-Gunter of Democracy North Carolina. You can watch the presentation on YouTube, and if you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio read more

Conducting Voter Registration at Your Nonprofit . June 12, 2012

The only way to ensure that your clients and constituents can vote in November is to make sure they’re registered! Learn how during Thursday’s webinar: Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration Thursday June 14th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Registering to vote is the first step to becoming an active and engaged voter. In 2008, nine out of ten read more

New Candidate Appearance Factsheet . June 11, 2012

If you want to engage candidates but don’t have the time to organize a candidate forum, consider inviting candidates to appear at your organization or an event you’re hosting. Our newest factsheet covers how to ensure that candidate appearances at your nonprofit stay nonpartisan and balanced under any circumstances: whether you invite candidates to the read more

Get Your 2012 Web Badge! . June 7, 2012

Want to promote the 2012 election without completely redesigning your website? Add our new badge to your site! It’s an easy way to share information about the upcoming election and to show that your nonprofit supports voter participation. We have designs for all 50 states that direct visitors to state-specific registration deadlines and requirements, early read more

Ready, Set, Register! . June 4, 2012

November will be here before you know it–get a jump on registering your clients and community members to vote! Your nonprofit can ensure that their voices are heard in 2012! Register to learn more: Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration Thursday June 14th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Registering to vote is the first step to becoming an active read more

Florida Election Law Update . June 1, 2012

This time last year we reported on a new election law in Florida that drastically restricted third-party voter registration efforts. The 2011 law required that completed registration forms be submitted within 48 hours (groups previously had 10 days) and imposed strict fines for each late registration form. This requirement severely hampered the ability of nonprofits read more

Candidate Forum Webinar Materials . May 29, 2012

Last week’s webinar, Engage Candidates and Build Clout: How to Host a Candidate Forum, is now available! Thank you to our wonderful presenter, Cheryl Crawford of MassVOTE. You can watch the presentation on YouTube, and if you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint read more

Learn How to Host a Candidate Forum . May 22, 2012

Consider hosting a candidate forum to kick off your 2012 voter engagement efforts! It benefits both your organization and your constituents and can take your work to the next level. Register for Thursday’s webinar to learn more: Engage Candidates and Build Clout: How to Host a Candidate Forum Thursday May 24th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Hosting a nonpartisan read more

Simple Strategies to Increase Turnout . May 21, 2012

A recent briefing by Todd Rogers–a Harvard professor and former founding executive director of the Analyst Institute–synthesized research and data on effective voter turnout strategies. Many of the findings can be applied to nonprofit voter engagement efforts, helping us strategically nudge voters to the polls on Election Day. While it’s important to raise the profile read more

Partner Spotlight: Girls Inc. She Votes . May 17, 2012

She Votes 2010 participants in Santa Barbara, California. Photo Courtesy of Girls Inc. One of our national partners, Girls Inc., offers a variety of programs aimed to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold by equipping them to achieve academically, manage money, navigate media messages, lead healthy and physically active lives, and discover an read more

Don’t Be Shy, Engage the Candidates! . May 14, 2012

Our next webinar is a great opportunity to learn about one of the ways nonprofits can engage candidates on a nonpartisan basis! Engage Candidates and Build Clout: How to Host a Candidate ForumThursday May 24th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Hosting a nonpartisan candidate forum gives your nonprofit the opportunity to educate candidates on the issues that matter read more

Access Yesterday’s Ballot Measure Webinar Materials . May 11, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, Taking a Stand: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits, is now available! Thank you to our wonderful presenters, Nayantara Mehta, Senior Counsel at the Alliance for Justice, West Coast and Cathy Johnston, Advocacy Director at the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, for joining us! You can watch the presentation on YouTube, and read more

LA County Takes Strategic Look at Elections . May 10, 2012

Last fall the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk–overseeing the largest voting district in the country with over four million voters–announced that it would completely overhaul its election system over the next five years. Before making any decisions, however, they wanted to know what voters thought about elections. They surveyed more than 1,000 voters and more read more

Election Day Registration Coming to Connecticut . May 9, 2012

Earlier this year, we tracked legislation in Connecticut that would allow for online registration (with a valid and current driver’s license) and Election Day Registration. As of last weekend, it appears that Connecticut will get both. The bill, passed by both the House and the Senate, goes to Governor Malloy who plans to sign it, read more

Thursday: Ballot Measure Webinar . May 8, 2012

There’s still time to register for this week’s webinar! If you’ve already registered, consider inviting a friend or spreading the word among your networks–we want every nonprofit to feel comfortable engaging in ballot measure activities this year! Taking a Stand: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits Thursday May 10th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Many states put laws, constitutional read more

California Nonprofits to "Vote with Your Mission" . May 7, 2012

On May 1st, the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) launched their Vote with Your Mission campaign with the goal of 100% participation among California’s nonprofit staff and volunteers in the upcoming June and November elections. What does “Vote with Your Mission” mean? CalNonprofits explains that “all of us have come to work and volunteer in read more

Tied Down by Tuesday? . May 4, 2012

Next week voters in Indiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia will head to the polls to vote on federal and state offices in addition to a number of ballot questions. (Visit Ballotpedia for more on what’s on the ballot in every state this year.) But before Tuesday rolls around, Why Tuesday uses a new infographic read more

Georgia to Comply with the NVRA . May 1, 2012

Georgia recently settled a lawsuit brought by a coalition of voting rights groups to force compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and ensure that anyone applying for state public assistance or disability support is offered the opportunity to register to vote. In Georgia, it’s clear there’s plenty of room for improvement. A recent read more

Webinar Materials on 501(c)(3) Guidelines Now Available . April 27, 2012

Yesterday’s webinar, Being Nonpartisan: 501(c)(3) Guidelines for Voter Engagement Work, is now available! You can watch the presentation on YouTube, and if you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion of the presentation, or browse all of our resources read more

Reminder: Nonpartisan Guidelines Webinar . April 24, 2012

There’s still time to register for this week’s webinar on guidelines for staying nonpartisan while doing voter engagement work! Register now! Being Nonpartisan: 501(c)(3) Guidelines for Voter Engagement WorkThursday April 26th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Learn what it means to be nonpartisan and how it impacts the voter engagement efforts of nonprofits. We’ll describe what your organization read more

Voter Registration Upgrades Needed . April 19, 2012

The Pew Center on the States recently released an issue brief on “Evidence That America’s Voter Registration System Needs an Upgrade”. The report underscores the need for registration systems that better maintain voter records, save money, and streamline processes. The report notes that nationwide: At least 51 million eligible citizens remain unregistered–more than 24% of read more

Candidates Talk Back with Candidate Questionnaires! . April 18, 2012

While nonprofits cannot support or oppose a candidate for office, there are a number of ways to engage candidates on a nonpartisan basis. Consider creating a candidate questionnaire: not only will it allow you to communicate with candidates, but it will also let your clients (and the public) know what the candidates think about a read more

New Partner Spotlight: Kids Voting USA . April 17, 2012

Please join us in welcoming Kids Voting USA (KVUSA) to the Nonprofit VOTE network! Kids Voting USA is working to secure the future of our democracy by preparing young people to be educated, engaged citizens. They operate through a national network of community-based affiliates that partner with schools and elections officials to offer students in read more

Partner Spotlight: CWLA . April 13, 2012

Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to introduce one of our newest national partners, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)! CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. CWLA leads and engages its network to advance policies, best practices, and collaborative strategies that result in read more

April Webinar: Stay Nonpartisan . April 11, 2012

Want to give voter engagement a try, but aren’t completely sure what it means to be nonpartisan? Register for our April webinar and find out! Being Nonpartisan: 501(c)(3) Guidelines for Voter Engagement WorkThursday April 26th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Learn what it means to be nonpartisan and how it impacts the voter engagement efforts of nonprofits. We’ll read more

County Elections Websites Need Improvement . April 10, 2012

In an average year, there are over 5,000 local ballot measures on ballots across the country However, Ballotpedia recently reviewed 738 county election websites and found that as many as 32% don’t display information on local ballot measures. The study reviewed 738 county election websites in 11 states–about 24% of the nation’s 3,143 counties. Accessible read more

National Voter Registration Day: Sept. 25 . April 9, 2012

Nonprofit VOTE is part of National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide initiative to register all eligible voters on September 25, 2012! In 2008, 6 million people failed to cast a ballot either because they didn’t know how to register to vote or they missed the deadline. But in 2012, we want to make sure everyone read more

Find Voter Engagement Resources Now! . April 6, 2012

Nonprofit VOTE has redesigned our Find Resources section to make it easier than ever to locate resources on the topics that interest you! With this system, you can quickly browse all of our guides, factsheets, posters, external links, webinars, and other materials on a particular subject to find what you need. Our materials are divided read more

Materials from Voter Participation Basics Webinar . March 27, 2012

Last week’s webinar, Nonpartisan Voter Participation Basics for Nonprofits, is now available! If you have questions for our featured presenter, Ashley Herad, the Civic Engagement and Public Policy Director for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, you can contact her directly at ashley AT lano DOT org. You can watch the presentation on YouTube, and read more

Who Better than Nonprofits? . March 26, 2012

Earlier this month, Susan Dreyfus, the president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families–one of Nonprofit VOTE’s national partners–blogged about the importance of voter engagement in the nonprofit community. With November speeding toward us, she urged the sector to consider how it will help ensure that all Americans can exercise their right to read more

Community Health Vote 2012 . March 22, 2012

This week, one of our partners, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is launching Community Health Vote 2012–a national nonpartisan voter engagement campaign to establish voter engagement as an ongoing effort at as many health centers as possible. Marc Wetherhorn, NACHC’s National Advocacy Director, blogged: “Health centers are in a unique position to read more

Partner Spotlight: The Arc . March 21, 2012

We’re pleased to introduce our newest 2012 national partner, The Arc! The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. As a leader in disability rights, The Arc boasts more than 140,000 members and more than 700 state and local chapters. The Arc’s read more

Register for Nonprofit Voter Participation Basics . March 20, 2012

There’s still time to register for this weeks’ webinar! Nonpartisan Voter Participation Basics for NonprofitsThursday March 22nd, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Join us for an introduction to nonprofit voter engagement work! We’ll cover the basics–like voter registration, voter education, candidate engagement, and get-out-the-vote efforts–and explain how to stay nonpartisan. The discussion will focus on ways maximize your read more

Get Started with Voter Engagement! . March 19, 2012

With Super Tuesday behind us, there’s really no reason to delay in getting started with voter engagement! To help you kick things off, we’ve simplified our “Get Started” page to give you a few select options for learning more about talking to your clients and constituents about this year’s elections. We’ve also created a new read more

The Luck o’ the Vote! . March 16, 2012

The first official celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S. occurred in Morristown, New Jersey in 1780 and was authorized by George Washington. Today it’s often celebrated with parades, green clothing, and parties. But before you get your green on tomorrow, use today to think about “The Luck of the Vote” and its benefits.  read more

N.C. Hosts Nonprofit Voter Registration Month . March 15, 2012

With March Madness gripping the nation, you might not have heard that in North Carolina March is also Nonprofit Voter Registration Month! Democracy North Carolina, one of our state partners, is working on a 2012 Nonprofit Voter Engagement Project to encourage and support nonprofits conducting voter outreach. Although this can take many forms–like distributing nonpartisan read more

Partner Spotlight: NASS . March 14, 2012

Since 2010, Nonprofit VOTE has been an official voter participation partner of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). NASS is the nation’s oldest nonpartisan professional organization for public officials and serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy–including elections and voting read more

Spring Forward with Voter Engagement! . March 12, 2012

Setting the clock ahead this weekend probably got you thinking about other spring activities–like spring cleaning, spring break, and warmer weather. Before you completely fill up your spring to-do list, make sure to add a bullet for voter engagement! It’s a great way to move your nonprofit and your mission forward. As Robin Williams noted, read more

March Webinar: Nonprofit Voter Participation Basics . March 9, 2012

Thinking about getting started with voter engagement? Register now for our March 2012 webinar: Nonpartisan Voter Participation Basics for NonprofitsThursday March 22nd, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Join us for an introduction to nonprofit voter engagement work! We’ll cover the basics–like voter registration, voter education, candidate engagement, and get-out-the-vote efforts–and explain how to stay nonpartisan. The discussion will read more

Ex-Offender Turnout In Iowa . March 8, 2012

A recent study examines the effects of a 2005 Executive Order in Iowa that automatically restored voting rights to former felons who had completed their sentence. Before 2005, persons with felony convictions had to apply to the Governor to have their voting rights restored. Since the Executive Order was enacted, an estimated 100,000 Iowa ex-felons read more

Black History Month Voting Facts . February 28, 2012

As Black History Month comes to a close, we wanted to share some voting statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. 11.1 million black voters cast a ballot in the 2010 congressional election, making up 12% of the electorate–a slight increase from 11 percent of the total electorate in 2006.< archives="" cb11-164 newsroom="" releases="" voting="" www> < read more

Arizona Nonprofits in Action . February 27, 2012

Many in Arizona’s nonprofit community are working diligently to register and educate voters with the goal of increasing voter turnout this November. This year, the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is collaborating with several partners to offer tools and assistance to organizations interested in actively engaging their stakeholders. The next event–kicking off their voter registration phase–will read more

February Webinar Materials . February 24, 2012

Missed yesterday’s webinar, States Move to Restrict Voting: What Your Nonprofit Can Do to Defend the Right to Vote? No problem! Watch the webinar on our YouTube channel. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion of the read more

Nonprofits in Action: Native Vote . February 23, 2012

In his 2012 State of Indian Nations address, the National Congress of American Indians president called for Indian Country to “work tirelessly in 2012 to see the highest Native turnout ever.” To raise participation rates, Native Vote–an ongoing campaign to inform and support Native voters–has developed a focused plan to engage their constituents, starting with read more

Partner Spotlight: Coalition on Human Needs . February 22, 2012

One of our newest national partners, the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) is an alliance of national organizations working to promote public policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable people. Like many nonprofits involved in advocacy and public policy work, CHN believes that voter engagement complements these efforts. The Coalition on Human read more

Register Now for Thursday’s Webinar . February 21, 2012

There’s still time to register for this week’s webinar! States Move to Restrict Voting: How Nonprofits Can Defend the Right to VoteThursday February 23rd, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Last year there was an unprecedented nationwide effort to pass legislation that creates voter registration barriers and limits access to the polls. Unfortunately, that effort continues in 2012. Many read more

Uncertain Future for Montana’s Corrupt Practice Act . February 17, 2012

For over a century, Montana has prohibited corporate political spending. However, the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections on the basis that it does “not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” After the ruling, at least nine of the 24 states with campaign laws threatened by read more

Want a Voting Presentation for Your Conference? . February 15, 2012

Inspired by the impressive work of their peers, countless nonprofits are doing voter engagement outreach for the first time this year. Many organizations are spreading the word by including voter engagement panels and breakout sessions at their annual conferences or inviting guest speakers to special events. Jump start this important conversation in your network by read more

Engage Candidates in 2012 . February 14, 2012

Take advantage of the 2012 election coverage and engage the candidates! A presidential election piques interest in both local and national politics, so many candidates are eager to participate in a variety of events. Connect with them by hosting a candidate forum, inviting them to an event, or giving them research and information about the read more

February Webinar: Defending the Right to Vote . February 10, 2012

Register now for our February 2012 webinar! States Move to Restrict Voting: How Nonprofits Can Defend the Right to VoteThursday February 23rd, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Last year there was an unprecedented nationwide effort to pass legislation that creates voter registration barriers and limits access to the polls. Unfortunately, that effort continues in 2012. Many of these read more

NAACP Reports on "Block the Vote" Efforts . February 7, 2012

The NAACP recently produced a report, “Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America,” that contextualizes the emergence of recent “block the vote” measures and explains their potential effects. The report examines a slew of legislative proposals, ballot initiatives, and voting laws that have been enacted or proposed: 14 states have passed 25 read more

ID Requirements Pose Challenge for Elderly . February 4, 2012

A recent article from KansasReporter.org described the situation of 50 residents at Westview Manor, a Kansas adult care facility. Due to the state’s new voter identification requirements, the vast majority could be unable to vote in this year’s election. Only 9 residents have current ID cards and just two have birth certificates that can be read more

2012 Webinar Series Schedule . February 3, 2012

The general election will be here before you know it, so to help you prepare we’re hosting a webinar every month until November. We’ll cover a variety of voter engagement topics to ensure you know how to conduct registration drives, educate voters, and get out the vote–all while staying nonpartisan! Remember, our webinars are free read more

New and Updated Factsheets . January 30, 2012

To help you prepare for this year’s election, we’ve updated and expanded our factsheet series! In addition to information on 501(c)(3) permissible activities and working with candidates, we have new factsheets on: Election Day Registration, explaining what it is, which states have it, and how it helps voters keep their registration current. Expanding Voter Registration read more

Yesterday’s Webinar Materials . January 27, 2012

Thank you to everyone who joined yesterday’s webinar, Plan Ahead: Building a Voter Engagement Timeline for 2012! If you have additional questions for our featured presenter, Jeff Narabrook of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, you can contact him directly at jnarabrook@minnesotanonprofits.org. The webinar is now available on YouTube along with our other past webinars. Subscribe read more

RSVP Now for Thursday’s Webinar! . January 24, 2012

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar! With 2012 underway, it’s important for your nonprofit to think about how you plan to register, educate, and engage voters. Join us for: Plan Ahead: Building a Voter Engagement Timeline for 2012Thursday January 26th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern In this webinar we’ll discuss when, where and how to incorporate read more

Connecticut Looks to Expand Registration Opportunities . January 18, 2012

On Monday, Connecticut Governor Malloy and Secretary of State Merrill held a press conference where they called for preserving and expanding access to voter registration. The governor is proposing legislation that would allow for online registration (with a valid and current driver’s license), Election Day Registration, and for absentee ballots to be governed by statute—giving read more

January Webinar: Making a 2012 Plan . January 17, 2012

With 2012 underway, it’s important for your nonprofit to think about how you plan to register, educate, and engage voters. Join us for: Plan Ahead: Building a Voter Engagement Timeline for 2012Thursday January 26th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern In this webinar we’ll discuss when, where and how to incorporate voter engagement activities into your work. We’ll also read more

Partner Spotlight: National Council of Nonprofits . January 13, 2012

The National Council of Nonprofits (NCN) supports nonprofit voter engagement efforts and believes that all nonprofits “have a right and a duty to be part of the electoral process”–particularly this year. NCN seeks to advance the role, capacity, and voice of nonprofit organizations through state and national networks, which is one of the reasons NCN read more

Increasing Voter Participation One Nonprofit at a Time . January 11, 2012

Most of your New Year’s Resolutions are already set (and maybe even broken), but we have one more that can’t wait until next year. In 2012 we’ll elect the president, 33 U.S. senators, every member of the House of Representatives, and countless others in state and local races. 220 million Americans will be eligible to read more

2011 Webinar Rewind . January 4, 2012

In 2011 we hosted an array of expert presenters on a variety of voter engagement and participation topics. Before we announce our 2012 webinar series schedule, we wanted to review some of last year’s top webinars: We shared groundbreaking new research from the 2010 election that documented the impact nonprofits have when they talk to read more

The 2012 Election Begins Today! . January 3, 2012

Today is only the third day of the new year, but it officially marks the beginning of the 2012 presidential election. Iowa Republicans are kicking off the selection process for their party’s nominee, and results are expected to begin coming in around 8:30pm Eastern. Although 2012 is underway, it’s not too early (or late) to read more

Welcoming New Partners . December 19, 2011

We’d like to welcome two of our newest national partners, The National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC) and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), to the Nonprofit VOTE network.The National Community Tax Coalition and its 2,100 member organizations offer free tax preparation and financial services to low-income families. NCTC is the nation’s 4th largest provider read more

Texas Maps on Trial . December 16, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from Texas Republicans over whether a panel of federal judges acted properly when it replaced the state legislature’s congressional map with its own. The judges’ map was the result of a lawsuit that claimed the legislature-drawn map did not give adequate opportunity for minority groups read more

Nonprofit VOTE Debuts on YouTube . December 14, 2011

We’re pleased to announce that Nonprofit VOTE is now on YouTube! In an effort to make our materials more accessible, our entire webinar library is now available on our YouTube channel. Although our 2011 webinar series has concluded, the presentations–as well as webinars from past years–can be viewed on demand at your convenience. Best of read more

Holiday Tips from Nonprofit VOTE . December 12, 2011

With the holidays upon us, only a handful of people are giving the 2012 election much thought, and chances are they have a January primary. Although many people are preoccupied with carols, ice skating, hot cocoa, and vacation, there are still plenty of opportunities to sneak voter registration into the fun (without any extra effort)! read more

Speed Dating for Votes . December 9, 2011

Last month, candidates in Vancouver’s municipal elections campaigned a little differently—they dated voters. Of course, these were strictly platonic “dates” and were part of a candidate speed dating event organized by Get Your Vote On—a nonpartisan group who encourages youth participation. For many attendees, the format made perfect sense because “you’re going to be in read more

Registering New Citizens on Day One . December 8, 2011

The picture above was taken on 08/31/11 following a naturalization ceremony at Boston’s TD Garden. See more pictures from the event. In October, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) revised its guidelines on voter registration at naturalization ceremonies. Now, for the first time ever, USCIS has committed to providing new citizens the opportunity to register read more

How Technology is Transforming Elections . December 6, 2011

As last week’s webinar showed, it’s never too early to start thinking about the 2012 election. In preparing for next year, many elections officials will utilize a variety of new voting technologies. Technology will impact voter registration, voter information, the voting experience itself, and administrative practices—like how ballots are counted and monitored. Finally catching the read more

Webinar Recap: Building a 2012 Plan . December 2, 2011

Hopefully you were able to join us for yesterday’s webinar, Plan Ahead: Building a Voter Engagement Timeline for 2012. If not, you can still watch the presentation and access the materials. Watch the presentation online or download the PowerPoint and audio file. Several resources and materials were mentioned during the webinar, including: Information about voting read more

RSVP for Thursday’s Webinar . November 29, 2011

There’s still time to register for this week’s webinar (and our final one of 2011). We’ll help you start planning for next year’s general election and how your nonprofit can maximize your impact with the resources you already have. Plan Ahead: Building a Voter Engagement Timeline for 2012Thursday December 1st, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern The 2012 presidential read more