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Giving Every State a Shot at the Primaries . November 28, 2011

As the FEC continues to update the 2012 primary calendar, four states now have presidential primaries scheduled in January; the first is a full 10 months before the general election. States jockeying for an “early” primary date is nothing new, but four January elections have many questioning the free for all scheduling scramble. Although it read more

Happy Thanksgiving! . November 23, 2011

In honor of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share just a few of the many things Nonprofit VOTE is grateful for this year. We’re thankful for… Our amazing network of state and national partners and their commitment to expanding nonprofit voter engagement among their affiliates. Election Day Registration because it ensures that everyone who wants to read more

NCAI Launches Native Vote 2012 . November 18, 2011

November is well known for Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and daylight savings, but it’s also American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. In that vein, we wanted to applaud the commitment and effort of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) to promote voter engagement in Native communities. Earlier this month, NCAI officially launched the Native read more

Redistricting Continues in 19 States . November 16, 2011

As of last week, nineteen states are still without final districts. The redistricting process went smoothly and quickly in some states, but in others, maps are already in courts and others will be soon. In Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer led a(n initially) successful charge to oust the chairwoman of the state’s independent commission. However, the read more

Upcoming Webinar: Making a Plan for 2012 . November 15, 2011

Our final webinar of 2011 will start you thinking about 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 election will be here soon, and it’s time to start thinking read more

New Report on Turnout Gaps in 2010 Midterm . November 14, 2011

We’re pleased to announce that our new voter turnout report, Voter Participation Gaps in the 2010 Midterm Election, is now available! It is the latest in our America Goes to the Polls series, and is based on the newly released biennial Census survey on voting and registration. The report tracks, analyzes, and explains income, age, read more

Voter ID Passes in Mississippi . November 10, 2011

On Tuesday, Mississippi voters passed a constitutional amendment that requires voters to show government issued photo identification in order to vote. The initiative includes provisions for free photo IDs, but as with all photo ID laws, the impact on voters will depend on implementation. Although many of the states that passed voter ID laws this read more

Voting Rights Victory in Maine . November 9, 2011

We’ll have a more complete summary of 2011 election results later, but we just couldn’t wait to share Maine’s victory! Yesterday, Maine voters decided to restore Election Day Registration (EDR)–leaving an almost 40 year tradition unbroken. Sixty percent of voters supported EDR, and have made it possible for future voters to register and cast their read more

Convenience Improves Turnout . November 7, 2011

At Nonprofit VOTE, we support and advocate for election systems and practices that make voting easier, more convenient, and allow a greater number of people to participate. So we were glad to hear about a new paper by political scientists from Rice University and the University of Alabama called “Voting at Non-Precinct Polling Places: A read more

November 2011 Election Resources . November 4, 2011

Many voters will be heading to the polls on Tuesday. Make sure you’re prepared for Election Day and know where you’re voting, what’s on the ballot, and where to turn if you have questions. Remember that you may be able to cast your ballot early either in-person or by mail, depending on where you live. read more

November 2011 Election Roundup . November 2, 2011

Yesterday was Election Day in Colorado, although voters in most states and municipalities will not be heading to the polls until next Tuesday, November 8. However, Colorado is not the first state to kick off election season a little early. Gubernatorial and State Legislative ElectionsLouisiana has already (re)elected Governor Bobby Jindal in a nonpartisan blanket read more

October Webinar Recap . November 1, 2011

Thank you to everyone who joined last Thursday’s webinar, States Move to Restrict Voting: How Nonprofits Can Protect the Right to Vote. And a special thanks to Megan Donovan and Ellis Jacobs for sharing their expertise with us. The presentation and associated materials are now available: Watch the presentation online (with audio) or download the read more

Voter Beware! . October 27, 2011

Halloween’s approach means that the polls will soon be open—and in some states already are. While young trick-or-treaters are dreaming about candy, scary stories, and haunted houses, their parents are contemplating more practical matters. Do you know our home phone number? Who will you be out with? What’s your trick-or-treating route? Safe Halloween practices are read more

2012 Nonprofit Campaign Underway in Arizona . October 21, 2011

More than 150 nonprofit leaders gathered in Phoenix earlier this month to kick off a year-long campaign to increase voter participation in the 2012 elections and “Reclaim Our Community’s Power.” The event was designed to inspire and equip nonprofits and other community-based organizations to conduct nonpartisan voter engagement in 2012. Nonprofit VOTE’s Lindsey Hodel was read more

New Hurdles: States Restrict Voting Rights . October 19, 2011

Earlier this month, the Brennan Center published a new report on “Voting Law Changes in 2012” that details and analyzes the bills that have been proposed and passed since the beginning of this year. Most have made it much more difficult for citizens to both register and vote. Restrictions have come in many forms, including: read more

October Webinar: Defending the Right to Vote . October 12, 2011

Our October webinar will address new election laws that make it difficult for countless voters to register and cast their ballot. Many nonprofits are now wondering how to best help their clients participate under the new rules, but are also seeking information on how they can fight back against restrictive voting laws. States Move to read more

New Hampshire Primary Project Returns . October 11, 2011

The New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, in partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits, is once again sponsoring the 2012 Primary Project, a presidential candidate education initiative. The Project empowers members of the nonprofit and civic sector to engage candidates campaigning in New Hampshire, while also raising candidate and public awareness of the impact and read more

Ohio Election Law Suspended . October 4, 2011

A controversial Ohio election law (HB 194) set to take effect on Friday has been suspended, pending the outcome of a November 2012 referendum. If implemented, the law would prohibit counties from mailing out unsolicited absentee ballot applications, end the “golden week” when people can register to vote and cast a ballot on the same read more

Last Week’s Webinar . October 3, 2011

Thanks to everyone who joined last week’s webinar, the ABCs of Nonpartisan Voter Registration for Nonprofits! The presentation and associated materials are now available: Watch the presentation online (with audio) or download the PowerPoint and audio file. If you have additional questions about voter registration, please feel free to contact our presenters: Bridgette RongitschProgram Lead, read more

Connecticut Looks to Improve Elections . September 30, 2011

Last week we cheered California legislators who passed laws that will make it easier to register to vote. Now we want to shine a spotlight on the other coast. In Connecticut, Secretary of State Denise Merrill is looking to build support for election improvements that would incorporate technology and cut costs. She wants to create read more

Register for Thursday’s Webinar . September 27, 2011

There’s still time to register for our September voter registration webinar!  The ABCs of Nonpartisan Voter RegistrationThursday September 29th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Registering to vote is the first and most necessary step to becoming an active and engaged voter. This webinar will explain how your nonprofit can conduct effective, nonpartisan voter registration, emphasizing on-site strategies. Our read more

Saudi Women to Vote in 2015 . September 26, 2011

Yesterday, Saudi Arabia’s king granted women the right to vote and run for office in future municipal elections. Although the change is welcomed by many activists, concerns still remain. The new law will not be relevant until the next election cycle in 2015. (Current municipal elections are scheduled for this Thursday.) And while senior religious read more

Voter Registration Initiatives in California . September 23, 2011

September has been an exciting and busy month for voter registration legislation in California. The state passed two new registration laws which will make the registration process more accessible. Their passage is yet another reason we’re excited to celebrate voter registration this month.  The first bill allows “new citizens”–individuals who became citizens during the two read more

New Partner Spotlight . September 19, 2011

We’d like to welcome our newest partner, Lutheran Services in America, to the Nonprofit VOTE network. Lutheran Services in America and their 300 health and human services affiliates offer an array of services including health care, aging and disability support, community development, housing, and child and family strengthening. Every year, their work touches the lives read more

Wisconsin Board Sticks up for Students Being Allowed to Vote . September 17, 2011

From A Wisconsin election board oks special stickers to help students with a new law passed this year in Wisconsin that makes their current students IDs invalid as ID to vote on Election Day. “The Government Accountability Board, which overseas elections for the state of Wisconsin, unanimously adopted a policy this week that said read more

September Webinar: Voter Registration for Nonprofits . September 14, 2011

As you may have heard, September is our favorite voter registration month, and it’s this month’s webinar topic too! The ABCs of Nonpartisan Voter RegistrationThursday September 29th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Registering to vote is the first and most necessary step to becoming an active and engaged voter. This webinar will explain how your nonprofit can conduct read more

Do Nonprofit Staff Vote? . September 12, 2011

Survey says…yes! Earlier this year, the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (SVCN) polled 560 nonprofit staff members to learn more about the sector’s voting patterns. Respondents included 114 “executive and senior managers” and 446 “line-staff personnel,” described as mid-managers, caseworkers, program and clerical staff, etc. 100% of executive and senior managers reported being registered to vote, read more

New Voter Registration Toolkit . September 9, 2011

Many states and municipalities have upcoming registration deadlines, so it’s the perfect time to talk about one of our favorite voter engagement basics–voter registration! We’re pleased to present our new Voter Registration Toolkit for Nonprofits and Social Service Agencies. This toolkit describes the role nonprofits can play in registering voters and comes with: Seven Basic read more

Putting It to a Vote . September 8, 2011

It’s official. Question 1 will appear on the Maine ballot this November. Earlier this year we reported that a new law had ended almost four decades of Election Day Registration (EDR) in Maine. But EDR supporters mounted a whirlwind campaign, spearheaded by the Protect Maine Votes coalition, to repeal the law and restore Election Day read more

A New Look at On-Campus Voter Registration . September 6, 2011

A recent study, “Getting Registered and Getting to the Polls” examines the impact of on-campus voter registration efforts on college student turnout. Although many schools frequently host on-campus registration drives, their success is generally evaluated solely on the number of forms collected. However, this study focuses on what happens after students register. The authors explore read more

A Cause for Celebration: Voter Registration! . September 1, 2011

Yesterday Nonprofit VOTE joined MIRA and MassVOTE in registering over 1,000 new American citizens to vote following a naturalization ceremony in Boston. This effort kicked off our annual celebration of voter registration, which we traditionally highlight in September. We choose to focus on voter registration in September because many states have voter registration deadlines in read more

I Did it All for the Sticker . August 29, 2011

A recent electionline article “Stuck on you” sought to explain the appeal of “I Voted” stickers. Apparently the history of the “I Voted” sticker is unclear, although some historians argue that they were introduced in the 1980s and claims to be the purveyor of the original “I Voted” sticker. Nevertheless, the sticker has become read more

Counteracting Campaign Cash . August 25, 2011

The Federal Election Commission’s approval of the Colbert Super PAC has turned some heads, and it also has plenty of people wondering just what a PAC is and does. With names that all seem to include “America” and references to apple pie, it’s no wonder people are confused. (If you want to get in on read more

Preparing for Municipal Elections . August 22, 2011

After our webinar last week on municipal and local elections, we wanted to follow up and make sure your nonprofit was excited and prepared for this fall. If your community is having a municipal election this year there are plenty of ways to get involved and get out the vote. Want to host a candidate read more

Why We Should Restore Ex-offender Voting Rights . August 12, 2011

The Florida Parole Commission released a new study showing that an ex-offender whose civil rights have been restored is much less likely to return to prison than others in the released prisoner population. Of the 30,672 former Florida felons that had their voting rights restored in 2009 and 2010, about 11% ended up back in read more

Nonprofit VOTE on the Road . August 11, 2011

Over the last few months members of Nonprofit VOTE’s staff have been at conferences, trainings, and events across the country to spread the word about nonprofit voter engagement. In July, Lindsey Hodel was at the Kansas Conference on Poverty where she gave a keynote speech and led a workshop. She also presented at the National read more

National Popular Vote: (Almost) Halfway There . August 10, 2011

On Monday California Governor Jerry Brown signed the National Popular Vote bill, making California the 8th state to enact the law, along with Washington D.C. With California on board, the National Popular Vote plan now has 49% of the electoral votes needed (132 of 270) to guarantee the presidency to the winner of the popular read more

Ohio Rejects Voter ID Requirements . August 9, 2011

Although a number of states have enacted photo ID laws since January–Alabama, Kansas, Rhode Island (after days of confusion), South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin–not everyone has jumped on the bandwagon. Governors have vetoed voter ID laws in Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Minnesota. Ohio is the latest of Nonprofit VOTE’s partner states read more

California Moves Closer to Finalizing New Districts . August 8, 2011

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission recently approved the final drafts of the state’s new district maps, setting the stage for its next challenge–potential lawsuits. The commission must formally certify the maps by August 15 and present them to the secretary of state, although Californians can challenge the districts in court or at the polls. Redistricting read more

Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act . July 27, 2011

Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, guaranteeing equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications. According to the Census Bureau, 36 million Americans have a disability, 12% of the civilian noninstitutionalized population. Because of the read more

Thursday’s Webinar: Nonprofits and Ballot Measures . July 26, 2011

Laws on the Ballot: How Nonprofits Can Take a Stand on Ballot Questions  Thursday, July 28th at 2:00pm EasternMany states put laws and constitutional amendments on the ballot, asking voters to make critical public policy decisions at the polls. Often, nonprofits have a vested interest in the outcome of these questions because they directly affect read more

Connecticut Seeks to Improve Elections . July 22, 2011

Great news: Connecticut is looking for ways to improve and update their election systems! Earlier this week, Secretary of State Denise Merrill convened an Election Performance Task Force to review Connecticut’s election system and recommend improvements. Members of the task force include Secretary Merrill and her deputy, town clerks, representatives from Common Cause, Demos and read more

Homeless Registrations Rise in Kentucky . July 20, 2011

Recently, Kentucky has seen a rise in the number of voter registration forms submitted by homeless individuals. As a result, State Board of Elections Executive Director Sarah Ball Johnson wrote a memo to the state’s county clerks, instructing them to approve all voter registration applications from people who are homeless–even if clerks can’t verify the read more

Vote vs. Voter . July 19, 2011

Question: What’s the difference between the importance of voting and the importance of being a voter?Answer: A 14% difference in turnout. A new study by Stanford social psychologist Christopher Bryan suggests that voter turnout can be improved simply by calling someone a voter, rather than asking them to vote. The study shows that subtle linguistic read more

Nonprofits Take Action on Budget Challenges . July 15, 2011

As state and federal budgets are tightened, nonprofits are being asked to shoulder a disproportionate share of cuts, while still being expected to maintain quality services. In response, many have stepped forward to advocate and lobby for their clients, their causes, and their funding. In addition to working with legislators, many nonprofits are recognizing the read more

July Webinar: How Nonprofits Can Work on Ballot Questions . July 11, 2011

In the spirit of American independence, join us for our July webinar on direct democracy. Laws on the Ballot: How Nonprofits Can Take a Stand on Ballot QuestionsThursday July 28th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternMany states put laws and constitutional amendments on the ballot, asking voters to make critical public policy decisions at the polls. Often, nonprofits have read more

South Sudan to Become World’s Newest Nation . July 8, 2011

Tomorrow, South Sudan will officially become an independent nation, a day that also marks the expiration of the 2005 north-south peace deal. The UN is expected to convene next week to vote on (and most likely approve) South Sudan’s membership in the UN, making it the 193rd member country. Back in January, almost 99% of read more

Project Vote Files NVRA Suit in Georgia . July 6, 2011

One of the reasons we encourage nonprofits to register their clients and constituents to vote is because many states are not fully compliant with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires public agencies to register voters. Recently, successful lawsuits in both Ohio and Missouri forced compliance and caused the number of voters registering at read more

Last Week’s Candidate Forum Webinar . June 29, 2011

Thank you to everyone who joined us for last Thursday’s webinar, Nonpartisan Candidate Forums: Building Clout for your Nonprofit. A special thanks to Cheryl Crawford and George Pillsbury for sharing their expertise. Due to technical difficulties during the webinar, the recording was clipped. We apologize for the inconvenience. Nevertheless, you can download the PowerPoint and read more

EAC Releases Voter Registration Data . June 28, 2011

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) recently made news when it came up on the House budget chopping block. (It survived.) In the meantime, the EAC has released a new report on voter registration statistics from after the 2008 general election through the 2010 midterm election. The report covers the number of registered voters, the read more

Maine Bids Farewell to EDR . June 22, 2011

The state that pioneered Election Day Registration (EDR) has now passed legislation ending the practice. Yesterday Maine Governor Paul LePage signed a bill that ended the state’s long tradition of EDR. Supporters of the bill claim it will reduce fraud, however opponents point out that there has only been one case of fraud linked to read more

In California, Redistricting Input Generates Results . June 16, 2011

Did you attend a local redistricting hearing to offer testimony about your community? If so, rest assured that it paid off. Last week California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission released the first set of draft redistricting maps. Upon their release, Greenlining Institute Redistricting Fellow Michelle Romero noted “One thing that’s clear is that when communities turned out read more

Rock the Vote is Keeping Score . June 14, 2011

Last week Rock the Vote released a new state Voting System Scorecard which found that most states are failing to both prepare and engage young people in the democratic process. Using a 21-point scale, the scorecard measures state laws and policies on voter registration, casting a ballot, and young voter preparation. According to the scorecard, read more

Troublesome Trend in Florida . June 10, 2011

Earlier this month Nonprofit VOTE’s partner, Rx Democracy! warned of the negative impact of Florida’s proposed election legislation. Despite opposition from numerous groups, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 1355/S 2086 into law. Florida in recent years had made great improvements to its election law that bolstered voter participation and turnout by making it easier for read more

Combating Prison-Based Gerrymandering . June 6, 2011

Although some states have already finished the redistricting process, many are still hard at work. Earlier this year, the Prison Policy Initiative released a new set of factsheets on prison-based gerrymandering. The factsheets highlight how the practice is disenfranchising minority voters nationwide, particularly African-Americans, Latinos, and American Indians. Prison-based gerrymandering starts with where the Census read more

Maryland City Considers Online Voting . May 31, 2011

Takoma Park, Maryland is considering allowing voters to cast their ballots online this November. But before anything is decided, a system test will be conducted on June 9 where voters will be asked to pick their favorite Beatle and their favorite poet. For voters who are stressed about this difficult decision, rest assured that refreshments read more

The Top 5 State Voter Information Websites . May 26, 2011

Earlier this week we talked about what states are (or aren’t) doing to make voting information more accessible online. To that end, we have reviewed each state’s voter information site and picked our favorites based on clarity, accessibility, and comprehensiveness. The best sites let users register online, check their registration status, look up their polling read more

Nonprofit VOTE Shares Groundbreaking Research . May 25, 2011

During the 2010 midterm election, a first of its kind study assessed–and ultimately affirmed–the agency-based approach to increasing voter participation. Conducted with the support of Nonprofit VOTE and the Michigan Nonprofit Association, this new research demonstrates the effectiveness of nonprofit voter engagement efforts. The study found that: When a nonprofit talked to clients about voting, read more

State Voter Information Pages: The Good, the Bad and the Outdated . May 24, 2011

We recently took stock of each state’s official voter information page in an effort to find out what states are doing to increase voter participation. While every state site offers some information to voters, there are huge disparities in the content and quality of that information. Some sites offer conveniences like online voter registration and read more

Michigan Registers New Citizens . May 18, 2011

On May 11 in Dearborn, Michigan, the U.S. welcomed a new cohort of citizens into the American family. Representatives from the Secretary of State’s office staffed an on-site voter registration table, allowing newly naturalized citizens to register following the ceremony. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said “I encourage [Michigan’s newest citizens] to take a read more

Share Your Story . May 11, 2011

Is your nonprofit registering new voters? Gearing up for a municipal election? Designing a candidate questionnaire? Well then let us know! At Nonprofit VOTE we love to hear from nonprofit organizations about the voter participation activities, projects, and events you’re working on, as well as why does your nonprofit participates in this work. So no read more

Rx Democracy! Weighs in on Florida Legislation . May 10, 2011

Dr. Rishi Manchanda, founder of our partner Rx Democracy! recently responded to proposed legislation in Florida (House Bill 1355–which has been passed–and Senate Bill 2086) and explained why all medical professionals should take note. In addition to making it more difficult for “college students, military personnel, low-income and minority voters and anyone who might change read more

Thursday’s Webinar Features New Voter Participation Research . May 9, 2011

Please join us on Thursday for a webinar that will show just how effective nonprofit voter engagement is and why your nonprofit should be doing it. Nonprofits Increase Voter Participation: New Research from the FieldThursday, May 12th at 2:00pm EasternLearn about exciting new evidence documenting the impact nonprofits have when they talk to their clients read more

Lax NVRA Compliance Leaves Void for Nonprofits to Fill . May 5, 2011

Last month, Project Vote and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed a complaint to force Louisiana into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), and ensure that low-income residents have the opportunity to register to vote. The suit follows in the wake of other successful complaints in both Ohio and Missouri where the number read more

Sacramento Makes Redistricting a City Affair . April 29, 2011

In California, redistricting has become a public affair with the creation of the new Citizens Redistricting Commission. But Sacramento is making the local redistricting process more public and transparent. They’ve developed a free online tool that lets anyone participate by drawing their own district boundaries for consideration by the city’s committee, and eventually city council. read more

Pushing for EDR in New Jersey . April 25, 2011

Last week the Rutgers Law School-Newark Constitutional Litigation Clinic filed a suit challenging New Jersey’s 21-day advance voter registration requirement. The suit claims that advanced registration is an obsolete and undue burden on the constitutional right to vote, particularly with the rise of modern technology and New Jersey’s Statewide Voter Registration System. Plaintiffs include the read more

Iowa Completes Redistricting Process . April 20, 2011

The wait is finally over in Iowa. On Tuesday Governor Terry Branstad signed the state’s new redistricting plan, officially eliminating one of Iowa’s five previous congressional seats. The new map was drawn by an independent body and approved by both houses of the state legislature before being signed by the governor. What that means for read more

Vermont Joins National Popular Vote Movement . April 19, 2011

On Friday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will sign the state’s National Popular Vote bill into law. The National Popular Vote plan is a nationwide effort to award the presidency to the winner of the national popular vote, bypassing the Electoral College. Vermont joins the District of Columbia (who passed it in October), along with Hawaii, read more

Nonprofits Helped Make the 2010 Census Possible . April 15, 2011

We’ve had a lot to say about the Census recently, and before we dial it back there’s one more thing Nonprofit VOTE has to get off its chest–thank you! We want to recognize nonprofits in all 50 states who worked on the Census and our Nonprofits Count! 2010 campaign. You made an incredible difference by read more

Montana Governor Vetoes Bill with Flair . April 14, 2011

Both the Montana House and Senate had passed legislation that would have ended Election Day Registration, thus limiting opportunities for eligible voters to cast their ballots. Luckily Governor Brian Schweitzer was on hand to emphatically veto HB 180. How? With his newly minted “VETO” brand. In March, Schweitzer registered his “VETO” brand with the Montana read more

The Census Bureau Looks Ahead . April 11, 2011

The year 2010 may be over, but the Census Bureau is still hard at work compiling data and reports for states and government offices. Nevertheless, they’re also looking forward to the next decennial challenge–the 2020 Census. Although the 2010 Census was conducted using a 10-question paper form, this could likely change in 2020 as Census read more

Nonprofits, Are You for or Against Voting? . March 28, 2011

Earlier this month the Nonprofit Quarterly posted an article on “Nonprofits Dedicated to Making it More Difficult for People to Register and Vote.” The author rightly points out that “our nation needs people to vote,” and that’s exactly why Nonprofit VOTE exists. Because of their relationships with clients and communities–as well as their nonpartisan missions–we read more

Connecting to Elections and Campaigns . March 22, 2011

How do you like to read the news? Connect with friends? Engage campaigns? If you answered the internet, you’re not alone. Pew found that more than half of all American adults (54%) were “online political users” in 2010. These people looked online for news about politics and campaigns, watched videos, shared election content, and used read more

Florida Also Limits Felon Voting Rights (Again) . March 15, 2011

Last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott reversed a 2007 decision made by then-Governor Charlie Crist that automatically restored voting rights to nonviolent ex-offenders. Unfortunately, ex-offenders in Florida will once again face high hurdles in order to have their rights restored. Sound familiar? Probably because this is reminiscent of an executive order made by Iowa Governor read more

Redistricting Webinar Wednesday! . March 14, 2011

Don’t forget to join us Wednesday for our first webinar of 2011: Getting a Seat at the Table: What Nonprofits Should Know About RedistrictingWednesday, March 16th at 2:00pm EasternRedistricting is right around the corner and critical decisions will be made that can affect our communities, our missions, and our funding for the next decade. Tune read more

New Voter Registration Poster Available! . March 10, 2011

Our new “Register to Vote” poster is now available to order! Whether you’re gearing up for a municipal election or just want to make voting more visible at your organization, this poster is the perfect tool. Voter registration is one way your nonprofit can promote voter participation year-round. Want tips on how to get started? read more

Veterans Campaign . March 7, 2011

Veterans Campaign keeps it simple. They’re a nonpartisan, non-ideological organization who trains veterans to run for public office. Why veterans? Members of the military are of course allowed to vote, but because of their position they are not entitled to solicit or receive political contributions or engage in political activity while on duty, in a read more

Finally, an Actual Case of Voter Fraud . March 4, 2011

…and it’s the Indiana Secretary of State. Yesterday Secretary of State Charles White was indicted on felony charges of voter fraud. White took office in January, and it appears that he used his ex-wife’s address–rather than his own–on official documents, including his voter registration. Doing so allowed White to keep his seat on the town read more

"Young Black Voters: The Future of American Politics" . February 28, 2011

Last month the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) hosted a webinar featuring Dr. Cathy Cohen–a political science professor at the University of Chicago–who addressed “Young Black Voters 2008 to 2012: The Future of American Politics.” The 2008 presidential election saw an increase of 3.4 million young voters, when youth turnout rose to 53% (an read more

And the Oscar Goes to… . February 25, 2011

Unfortunately you’ll have to wait until Sunday night to find out who takes home the coveted awards. But until then, read on to learn how actors, directors, and films make it to podium. Oscar Votes 1-2-3 (a project of FairVote) explains the voting system utilized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For read more

Nonprofit VOTE Webinar Series Returns in March! . February 24, 2011

The dates are set for our first two webinars of 2011! Please join us for:Getting a Seat at the Table: What Nonprofits Should Know About RedistrictingWednesday, March 16th at 2:00pm EasternRedistricting is right around the corner and critical decisions will be made that can affect our communities, our missions, and our funding for the next read more

FVAP Poster & Slogan Contest . February 22, 2011

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides U.S. citizens worldwide with nonpartisan information and assistance to ensure they can participate in our democratic process, no matter where they live or work. Now, the FVAP is asking all U.S. citizens to help them gear up for their 2012-13 outreach campaign. They are soliciting ideas for a read more

E-learning Resources from the FEC . February 17, 2011

Did you know the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has e-learning resources? While some are geared toward candidates and campaign regulations, others are targeted toward individual voters. These include: • An overview of the Commission and the laws it administers and enforces.• An overview of the volunteer activities individuals may engage in to support federal candidates.• read more

EAC Maps Certified Voting Systems . February 15, 2011

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has created an interactive map that shows where federally certified voting systems were used during the 2010 federal election. The map allows users to access information about EAC-certified voting systems, such as the county in which they were used, test reports issued during the certification process, and any advisory read more

Show Your Love for Elections . February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day! After you shower your loved ones with attention and sugar, think about sharing you love for elections with another nonprofit! The 2012 election cycle may seem far away, but it’s closer than you think! We have seen time and again that nonprofits play a critical role in helping the people they serve read more

Nonprofit Election Survey Results . February 11, 2011

Nonprofit VOTE would like to thank the hundreds of local nonprofits and service providers that responded to our online survey about their 2010 voter engagement activities. The survey examined how nonprofit staff and stakeholders approached voter engagement work, which activities were most common, which materials were used most frequently, their value to the nonprofit, and read more

The Census Releases New Data . February 8, 2011

…and it doesn’t bring good news for New Orleans. Last week, the Census Bureau released new data showing that New Orleans experienced a population loss of 140,845 residents–a drop of 29% from 2000. In addition to losing New Orleans city residents, Louisiana also lost a congressional seat (down to six from seven). Because of the read more

NASS to Host Winter Conference . February 7, 2011

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)–a Nonprofit VOTE partner–will host its 2011 Winter Conference in Washington, DC this weekend from February 10-14. While the conference covers numerous topics under the jurisdiction of Secretaries of State, many sessions are devoted to discussing election-related issues. For example, one will address the implementation and future plans read more

Constituents Matter! . January 27, 2011

The Congressional Management Foundation released a new report based on the results of 260 congressional staff who were surveyed on their opinions about practices related to constituent communications. Here are some takeaways from “Communicating with Congress”: 57% of staff felt email and the Internet have made Senators and Representatives more accountable to their constituents. 90% read more

State of the Union Tonight . January 25, 2011

Tonight is President Obama’s State of the Union address, and the White House Blog recently posted a piece on “The State of the Union and You.” So in case you were wondering how to participate in the annual address, here are two foolproof steps: Step One: Watch the address at 9pm Eastern. If you don’t read more

Tweet No More . January 24, 2011

This just in: Twitter has been banned from office computers in the Massachusetts Legislature! The Legislative Information Services department said the decision to block Twitter is due to the site’s vulnerability to viruses. However, the ban only applies to computers in legislative offices, so members of the legislature can still tweet from smart phones. Interestingly, read more

Iowa Limits Felon Voting Rights (Again) . January 21, 2011

This week, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad issued executive order 70, rescinding former Governor Tom Vilsack’s 2005 order that automatically restored voting rights to felons who had served their jail time. Since Governor Vilsack’s executive order was enacted, an estimated 100,000 Iowa ex-felons have had their voting rights restored. However, under Governor Branstad, felons will once read more

Transparency at the Local Level . January 20, 2011

Good news if you live in California, Louisiana, Maryland, Texas, or Wisconsin! Yesterday the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics Foundation launched OpenGovernment, a tool designed to make local government more accessible and accountable. OpenGovernment is modeled off of a similar project, OpenCongress, which lets users track bills, votes, and members of Congress. In blogging read more

2010 State Turnout Rankings . January 18, 2011

State turnout rankings are here! The 2010 rankings are based on the total ballots cast by the voting eligible population from data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project. Without further ado: The Top Five 1. Minnesota – 55.9% 2. Maine – 55.5% 3. Washington – 54.3% 4. South Dakota – 53.9% 5. Oregon – 53.5% read more

2011 Webinar Series Preview . January 14, 2011

A New Year, new elections, and new data can only mean one thing—the return of Nonprofit VOTE’s webinar series! Our 2011 webinar topics will include:* Nonprofits and the 2010 Census* Redistricting* Conducting Candidate Forums* Nonprofits and Ballot Measures* A Primer on Nonpartisan Voter Participation* Election reform and more! Our first webinar on the Census will read more

FILVOTE Aims High in 2011 . January 12, 2011

Although we’re only in the second week of 2011, some nonprofits have made their voter engagement goals clear. FILVOTE–the voter engagement project of the Filipino-American Service Group, Inc. (FASGI)–hopes to register 15,000 new voters in Los Angeles county by October of this year. To do so, FILVOTE plans to hold voter registration drives in various read more

How to Voterize Your MLK Day Event . January 10, 2011

With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day widely accepted as “a day on, not a day off” most nonprofits have taken the opportunity to promote special projects and events. To help, the HandsOn Network hosted a series of webinars for nonprofits on how to get the most out of their MLK Day of service and other read more

It’s National Letter-Writing Week! . January 7, 2011

In a world of email, text messages, Twitter, Facebook, and everything in between, sometimes the hand-written letter can get lost. But not this week, because tomorrow kicks off National Letter-Writing Week (January 8-14)! If you don’t have a pen pal, consider writing to one of your state legislators or your congressional representatives about an issue read more