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NASS Members Elect New President . January 6, 2011

Nonprofit VOTE would like to congratulate Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie on being elected President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). NASS was founded in 1904 and is the oldest nonpartisan association of government officials. Ritchie succeeds Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap in the position, and was sworn in on read more

Turning Up Turnout . January 5, 2011

The midterm election was over two months ago and the new 112th Congress–with the representatives we just elected–meets for the first time today. So why are we still talking about 2010 turnout? Good question. The U.S. Elections Project publishes detailed state-by-state turnout data, and they calculate voter turnout by dividing the number of votes cast read more

A Nonprofit New Year’s Resolution . January 3, 2011

The Times Square Ball has dropped and most of us are back at work this week with a fresh list of resolutions. As your nonprofit puts together its 2011 work plan, don’t forget to include civic engagement! Nonprofits are uniquely positioned within communities to advocate for the underrepresented and underserved—things you do everyday! By functioning read more

Nonprofit VOTE in 2010 . December 29, 2010

A lot happened this year, and we want to thank you for the work you did on both the Census and the election. 2010 was a busy year for Nonprofit VOTE, and an opportunity to connect with many new nonprofit partners in all 50 states. We kicked off the year with our Nonprofits Count! Census read more

(Broken) Campaign Promises . December 27, 2010

Now that all the presents have been unwrapped, are you a little sad that Santa didn’t leave you a gadget (or an app) that holds candidates to their campaign promises? If so, you’re not alone. Many voters wonder if they have any recourse should they discover a candidate has misrepresented him or herself during the read more

Census Bureau Releases Population and Apportionment Data . December 21, 2010

Earlier today, the Census Bureau announced the total U.S. population, each state’s population, and the new number of representatives each state will have in the 113th Congress. This map (also at the left) shows which states gained and lost seats based on the data. Here are a few highlights from the release: The resident population read more

Arizona Nonprofit Fights Ballot Measure . December 20, 2010

Nonprofit organizations have played an increasingly important role in organizing supporters for and against ballot measures. In the most recent election, Southwest Human Development–Arizona’s largest nonprofit child development agency, serving children ages 0-5 and their families–turned their attention to Proposition 302, which aimed to repeal the First Things First Program, an early childhood services program. read more

Impending Apportionment . December 17, 2010

It’s not as doom and gloom as it sounds. Apportionment is simply the process by which we determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. With the Census set to announce state populations and the new apportionment numbers next week, now is the perfect time for a quick refresher. But read more

Census Numbers, Coming Next Week . December 14, 2010

The Census Bureau is required to report the first set of data from the 2010 Census to President Obama by the end of this month. However, they announced yesterday that they’re going to be ready 10 days before their deadline. On Tuesday December 21, the Census Bureau will release the national and state populations, as read more

Felon Disenfranchisement in 2010 . December 13, 2010

Felon disenfranchisement has received a lot of press this year, bringing the issue a bit of celebrity. In January, a three-judge appellate panel applied the federal Voting Rights Act to Washington’s felon disenfranchisement law, overturning a state law that bars felons in prison and under community supervision from voting. However, in October a full sitting read more

Mayor Bloomberg Pushes for Election Reform . December 10, 2010

After voicing his support for San Francisco’s Saturday Voting Act, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is stepping up to the plate. Earlier this week, Bloomberg proposed a series of election reforms, including provisions for early voting, moving the registration deadline closer to Election Day, simplifying the ballot, and making absentee voting easier. His proposals are based read more

Students Draw the Lines in Virginia . December 8, 2010

The 2011 Virginia College and University Legislative Redistricting Competition was recently announced, and will allow students to take a stab at redistricting their state. After Census data is made available, student teams will draw Virginia’s congressional and state legislative districts using software developed by the Public Mapping Project. (See our earlier post for more on read more

‘Tis the Season to be…Cordial? . December 6, 2010

By the time a political campaign season wraps up, most of us feel as though we barely survived a wild west, mud slinging throw-down. Of course, voters have grown increasingly tired of that narrative, and some election reforms might be changing what we can expect from campaigns. Phil Ting recently announced his bid for San read more

Casting a Ballot for Haiti . November 29, 2010

On Sunday, Friends of Haiti 2010 organized a mock election allowing Haitians living abroad to cast ballots just like their friends and family in Haiti. The only difference is that their votes won’t count. Because of their contributions—financial and otherwise—Haitians living abroad want representation and a greater voice in the future of the country. The read more

Nonprofit VOTE Gives Thanks . November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so we wanted to share with you the many things Nonprofit VOTE is grateful for this year. For starters, we have amazing state and national partners who are doing wonderful work, in addition to an incredible network of supporters spread across the country. We’re also thankful for the many nonprofits that worked read more

Expanding Access to the Vote . November 22, 2010

Redistricting measures weren’t the only important electoral reform passed this November. This year’s midterm election also heralded other important changes, including expanded voting access. In Vermont, voters passed a constitutional amendment that will allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries as long as they will be 18 by the date of the general election. In doing read more

Voter Registration Begins in Sudan . November 18, 2010

While the midterms are behind us, an election is looming in Sudan. Sudanese voters won’t be electing congressional representatives, but will instead be casting their ballots to determine whether or not the country will be split into two nations. Voter registration has already begun, with individuals waiting in line outside one of the 2,630 registration read more

Redistricting Reform . November 15, 2010

Last week we discussed the basics of redistricting and gerrymandering, and today we’re going to cover how voters are taking back the process from legislators. Each state redistricts differently. In Iowa, two men and a computer are responsible for the process. In some states—like Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, New Jersey, and Washington—special bi-partisan commissions read more

Ranked Choice Voting debuts in Oakland – History made . November 13, 2010

Oakland elected its first mayor elected using “Ranked Choice Voting”, Jean Quan. She became the nation’s first Asian-American mayor of a large city. With ten candidates vying for Mayor, voters were able to express second or third choice should their preferred candidate trail after the counting first place ballots. Alameda County ran a strong educational read more

Know Your District . November 12, 2010

This year’s election was about more than who your community sends to the state capital and Washington in January. It’s also about who will be redrawing your district lines early next year–which will influence who your community elects for the next 10 years. Let’s start from the beginning: A Census is conducted every 10 years, read more

Veterans Day and the MOVE Act . November 11, 2010

What better way to honor the men and women who have served our country, then to ensure that their counterparts currently serving in the military are able to vote? In an effort to make certain that servicemen and women can vote, President Obama signed the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act in 2009. read more

Why Your Secretary of State Matters . November 8, 2010

Do you know who your Secretary of State is? If you live in Alaska, Hawaii, or Utah, don’t worry, because you don’t have one. But in 37 of the 47 states that do, the Secretary of State also serves as the state’s Chief Election Official. That means they control balloting, recounts, and the overall conduct read more

Nonprofit Awareness Month . November 5, 2010

If you haven’t heard, November is Nonprofit Awareness Month in North Carolina and Alabama! What should we be aware of? Well for starters, there are more than 10,300 501(c)(3) nonprofits in North Carolina. Those nonprofits provide nearly 10% of all jobs in the state—two times the number of jobs that the finance, insurance, and real read more

"Keepin’ it Real in Human Services" . November 4, 2010

Earlier this week, one of our Massachusetts partners, the Providers’ Council, hosted its 35th annual “It’s About People” Convention. The day brought together more than 1,000 attendees from health and human service agencies across the state, as well as supporters. Michael Weekes, President/CEO of the Providers’ Council, opened the convening by reminding everyone to vote read more

Election Updates . November 3, 2010

Yesterday we gave you some simple guidelines for analyzing turnout, and today we’re going to cover who turned out to vote. To do that, we used the exit polls from 2006 and 2010 to compare the demographic data on who turned out as a share of the electorate, compared to that share in 2006. Women read more

Election Day is Tomorrow! . November 1, 2010

Polls open tomorrow, and all the work that nonprofits across the country have put into getting out the vote will finally pay off. However, there are still things your nonprofit can do—it’s not too late to join the movement and help engage your community on issues that matter. Although many news outlets are broadcasting as read more

Why People Vote . October 29, 2010

What’s the difference between a voter and a non-voter? Not much, actually. There are four main reasons people vote: 1. Personal contact from someone they know. Encouragement and reminders go a long way.2. Repeat messages. The more you hear it, the more you internalize it.3. They have a reason to vote. When they have something read more

The Latino Vote in 2010 . October 28, 2010

Every election, news outlets and commentators do their best to predict who is going to vote and what that that will mean when all the votes are tallied. This year, the Latino vote has received particular attention. An earlier Nonprofit VOTE blog covered a report by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials read more

Trick or Vote this Halloween . October 27, 2010

A couple of months ago we introduced you to Trick or Vote, a nonpartisan organization that uses Halloween to “scare out the vote.” Inspired by research that shows face-to-face interaction is the single best way to get someone to vote, Trick or Vote knocks on doors when you most expect it—Halloween! Halloween is this Sunday, read more

How are you getting to the polls? . October 25, 2010

For some, that’s not always an easy question to answer, which is why many groups get out the vote by offering rides to the polls. However, free rides to the polls seem to be on the decline, or at least chatter about them is. Unfortunately (and understandably), time-strapped and resource depleted organizations have found it read more

Rx Democracy: "A Prescription for America’s Civic Health" . October 21, 2010

On Wednesday October 20, Dr. Rishi Manchanda addressed “Innovations at the Intersection of Health Care, Democracy, and Civic Engagement” as part of the Kennedy School’s Democracy Seminar Series. Dr. Manchanda is the founder and chair of Rx Democracy, an organization that represents “a nonpartisan network of America’s best clinicians, health professionals and students helping our read more

Calling All Likely Voters . October 14, 2010

With Election Day only weeks away, new polls are popping up everyday and each one claims to have the accurate stats on where the American people stand. But why do the numbers vary so widely? One reason is that pollsters often survey “likely voters.” But who is a likely voter? Well, the Huffington Post published read more

DC Passes National Popular Vote Law . October 13, 2010

On Tuesday October 12, District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the National Popular Vote bill. The new law is part of a nationwide effort to award the presidency to the winner of the national popular vote, bypassing the Electoral College. DC adds its three Electoral College votes to those of six other states: Massachusetts read more

Why Nonprofits? Why Now? . October 7, 2010

A recent report by the American National Election Studies (ANES) may surprise you. It found that far less than half of Americans are contacted by a major political party during an election cycle. Although this statistic seems to contradict the numerous campaign ads and media coverage we see, most voters have not been, and are read more

Native Vote 2010 . October 5, 2010

Native Vote 2010 is an initiative of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), designed to encourage American Indian and Alaska Native people to exercise their right to vote. To ramp up for this year’s midterm election, Native Vote re-launched its website and held a number of events including a kickoff teleconference to discuss strategy, read more

Early Voting Underway in Many States . September 28, 2010

In an earlier post, we spelled out the differences between early voting in person and early voting by mail. With November 2nd only five weeks away, some predict that at least one-third of the nation’s ballots will be cast before Election Day. Voting is already underway in seven states, and will begin in Arizona, California read more

Online Voter Registration Now Available in Nevada . September 8, 2010

Nevada is now the 9th state to allow new voters to register online. Nevada joins Arizona, Washington, Kansas, Oregon, Louisiana, Colorado, Utah, and Indiana. The program, unveiled last week, requires new registrants to have a Nevada-issued driver’s license or state ID number. In its first phase, it is currently available to residents in Clark County, read more

Updates on MOVE Act Waiver Applications . September 3, 2010

Last year President Obama signed the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, which requires election officials to send ballots to military and overseas voters at least 45 days before a federal election. The first election effected by the law is this year’s November 2 general election. However, the law also allows states to read more

NASS Designates September National Voter Registration Month . August 31, 2010

Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Voter Registration Month, an initiative led by our partner, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), which represents chief state election officials. The goal of designating September 2010 as National Voter Registration Month is to make eligible voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements for this year’s November read more

A Look Back at the Women’s Suffrage Movement . August 26, 2010

Today we celebrate Women’s Suffrage Day, because on August 26, 1920, the Susan B. Anthony Amendment became the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The passage of the 19th amendment ended a 70 year struggle that involved:• 56 referendum campaigns directed at male voters• 480 campaigns to get Legislatures to submit suffrage amendments to voters• read more

90th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage . August 18, 2010

American women won the right to vote 90 years ago today. Although we will not celebrate Women’s Suffrage Day until next week, August 18 was the date on which the last vote required to ratify the amendment was received. By August 1920, Congress had already passed the 19th Amendment, and 35 states had ratified it. read more

2010 Census Cuts Costs . August 11, 2010

As the 2010 Census nears completion, it will end the fiscal year 22 percent under budget and return $1.6 billion to the Treasury. In part, saving money was made easier because 72 percent of households completed the mail-in form (analysts had predicted a 65% return rate). Commerce Secretary Gary Locke noted that “For every 1 read more

Enforcing the Motor-Voter Law . August 10, 2010

The 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) was designed to increase participation in federal elections. As a provision, state motor vehicle offices began offering clients the opportunity to register to vote, and the law became widely known as the motor-voter law. However, the law also requires public assistance offices to proactively register voters. Although many read more

Massachusetts Passes National Popular Vote Law . August 4, 2010

On Wednesday August 4, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the national popular vote bill. The new law is part of a nationwide effort to award the presidency to the winner of the national popular vote, bypassing the Electoral College. Massachusetts is now the 6th state to sign on, joining Illinois, New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland, and read more

New Poll: The Latino Vote in 2010 . July 24, 2010

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund released the findings of a comprehensive survey of 1,600 Latino registered voters in four states with open or competitive gubernatorial or senatorial contests this November – California, Colorado, Florida and Texas. With three out of five potential Latino voters residing in these four states, read more

Non-Citizen Voting in Portland, ME May Be on November Ballot . July 19, 2010

A proposal to allow non-U.S. citizens who are in this country legally the right to vote in the city of Portland, Maine is one step closer to reality. On Wednesday, the League of Young Voters turned in more than 5,000 signatures for its legal resident voting petitions to the Portland city clerk. If the clerk read more

8 States with Online Voter Registration . July 18, 2010

8 states now let voters with a state driver’s license or state id register to vote online. They are Arizona, Washington, Kansas, Oregon, Louisiana, Colorado, Utah and Indiana. Along with the spread of Election Day registration, online registration will let more voters get registered at a lower cost for 2010. Share

Vote by Mail – Save Money, Lose Democracy? . July 9, 2010

More states and election administrators are considering switching to vote-by-mail as the only way voters can participate in an election. (July 2010 Issue of NCSL The Canvass) Cited are cost-saving effects of vote by mail systems as a way to save on Election Day polling place expenses. How might all vote-by-mail elections impact voting populations read more

Getting Out the Youth Vote: What Works . July 1, 2010

CIRCLE, the leading source of information on youth voting, charts the recent uptick of youth voters (18-29) in the last two midterm elections. While still well below those 30 and over, it went up in 2002 and 2006 for the first time since 1982. What’s making the difference? One is the greater effort by nonpartisan read more

Election results !! . June 9, 2010

New York Times and Huffington Post have great rundowns on the primary election winners. Also of note – California voters have approved Proposition 14 for statewide open primaries in future elections. Next big day is June 22nd, when we’ll have Utah primaries and runoffs for North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi. Share

Counting Everyone – Census deploys half million canvassers . June 5, 2010

Seen a Census worker lately? You’re not alone. The 2010 Census reports it has deployed an army of 550,000 canvassers throughout May and into June to make sure as many people get included in this new portrait of America. Canvassers are knocking up to six times on the doors of households who have not yet read more

Illinois Bill Would Bring Early Voting to College Campuses . May 28, 2010

(Chart- CIRCLE) In an effort to make voting more accessible for young people, a bill just passed by the House would require public universities in Illinois to have an early voting polling place on campus.The bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Des Plaines, spoke to the importance of drawing young people into voting and elections read more

May and June Primaries . May 24, 2010

Share We’re coming up on June, with lots of primary elections happening across the country for House and Senate seats and for governor. Here’s a calendar of what primaries are occurring during the rest of May and June. To see which races are competitive, check out this great map of the races from the New read more

A Win for Public Financing in Federal Courts . May 22, 2010

A Federal Appeals court upheld a key provision of Arizona’s public campaign finance law. It denied a challenge to the part of the law that gives additional public funds to publicly funded candidates who have rejected big money to match any independent expenditure campaigns by special interests against them. In the post Citizens United era, read more

There’s an app for that! . April 29, 2010

Building on the spread of online voter registration, Project Vote is preparing to launch a voter registration application for the iPad, the new tablet computer released by Apple this spring. Traditional pen-and-clipboard voter registration drives produce reams of paper for both organizations leading the registration effort and election officials charged with adding voters to the read more

2010 Census mail-back rate likely to top 2000 . April 25, 2010

72% of households have mailed back their census form. It has already matched the 2000 rate with a week left of official counting. Surprising given a heightened mistrust of government and more Americans affected by housing issues and or with English as a second language. The Census credits the success on their partnerships that include read more

Counting Everyone . April 23, 2010

Check out this great piece by Afton Blanche of the Drum Major Institute on Public Policy. Reaching the Hard-to-Count: The Census and the Undocumented highlights the importance of making sure that everyone gets counted, regardless of immigration status; it also discusses some of the unique challenges to making that happen.

Virginia Governor to require an essay to restore voting rights . April 12, 2010

A new plan by VA Governor Robert McDonnell would give those convicted of a felony a “homework assignment” to get their right to vote reinstated. Felons would have to outline their “contributions to society since their release” in an essay, a highly subjective process that some say “may prevent poor, less-educated or minority residents from read more

Online voter registration . April 7, 2010

Last week I was at a round-table to talk about various election reform ideas for 2010. When online voter registration was first brought up, it was put into the “Not Like” column on the white board. I chalked this up to a generational gap. But then, one by one, young and old, more participants went read more