This month we’re hosting two webinars! The first is the perfect opportunity to brainstorm ways to use ballot measures to educate your clients and further your public policy goals. Taking a Stand: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits Thursday May 10th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Many states put laws, constitutional amendments, and referendums on the ballot, asking voters read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com. The webinar is now available on YouTube along with our other past webinars. Subscribe read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thanks for joining yesterday’s webinar, Think Locally: The Value of Municipal and Regional Elections. The PowerPoint presentation is now available, along with the audio portion of the presentation in MP3 format. You can also watch the full presentation, including audio, online. If you have additional questions about municipal and local elections, please feel free to read more
Earlier this week we congratulated Michigan for taking advantage of naturalization ceremonies to register new citizens. It’s the perfect example of how to effectively integrate voter registration into ongoing activities. By reaching out to clients while providing services (or during classes or events) nonprofits can register voters with equal success. Nonprofit VOTE has numerous resources read more
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
Interested in the who’s who of voter turnout and voter preference in the midterm election? Here are four places to start. CNN Election Exit PollsCNN has the best presentation of the main national exit poll shared by all major media outlets. The exit polls show the voter preference by all major demographics – age, income, read more
Stateline.org is launching a new 2008 interactive guide to help voters keep track of the 11 gubernatorial, 11 attorneys general and seven secretary of state races and more than 100 high-profile statewide ballot measures.
This report from R. Michael Alvarez (Caltech) and Jonathan Nagler (NYU) from Demos analyzes likely effects of introducing Election Day Registration in Nebraska, and includes the following estimates of increases in turnout for specific groups of Nebraska citizens under EDR: Overall turnout could go up by 5.4 percent. Turnout among those aged 18 to 25 read more
A review of the 2008 primary season has found that the dramatically increased number of voters taxed the election system more than any administrative problem. Millions of voters – many of them first timers – crowded polling places around the country, doubling recent turnout in some states. View full reportJuly 24, 2008 – 2008 Primary read more
Using national survey data from the 2006 general election, authors Morgan H. Llewellyn, Thad E. Hall and R. Michael Alvarez of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project conclude that voter confidence in the voting process is influenced by the context of the election, as well as who wins and what voting technology is used. Supporters of read more
The Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) has published a comprehensive overview of California’s 2008 redistricting reform proposals to assist legislators, the media, and interested citizens in understanding and comparing the measures. In an easy-to-read chart format, the Overview (pdf) details the major provisions of California’s current redistricting law and compares them with the pending legislative read more
Make Voting Work (MVW), a project of the Pew Center on the States in partnership with the JEHT Foundation, has announced up to $400,000 in new funding available for research examining alternatives to precinct-based election day voting, including early in-person and absentee voting and vote by mail systems. Due date is 8/15/2008. Download the application.
Seen but not Heard is a comprehensive analysis of the results of the Strengthening Nonprofit Advocacy Project, a joint research effort of OMB Watch, Tufts University, and the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest. It is written from the perspective of one who believes it is right, proper, and beneficial for nonprofits to engage read more
This comprehensive survey by Margaret Colgate Love describes for each United States jurisdiction the laws and practices relating to restoration of rights and obtaining relief from the collateral disabilities and penalties that accompany a criminal conviction. It is the first-of-its-kind, and it illustrates the extraordinary variety and complexity of state and federal laws that impose read more
“Human Dimension of Elections: how poll workers shape public confidence in elections“, a new report from the University of Utah’s Institute for Public and International Affairs, explores how the quality of poll workers can affect voter satisfaction.
Check out MobileActive.org’s new resource, “Mobile Phones for Polling and Engagement.” In this guide, you will find a list of benefits, a ten-step plan, a checklist, and case study on the use of mobile phones for polling in Kenya’s December 2007 election.
This series of charts, compiled by Brookings Institution experts, outlines the candidates’ positions on the most critical topics facing America’s next President. The indices will be published throughout the 2008 Presidential election cycle. Published so far are indices on Children, Climate Change, Health Care, Immigration, Iraq and Trade. View the indices.
The EAC recently released election terms glossaries in 5 Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese), as part of the Commission’s Language Accessibility Program. The Program comprises working groups of local election officials, advocacy groups, and research and public policy organizations, who advise the EAC on how to best meet language accessibility requirements.Read more. read more
The National Association of Secretaries of State has released a survey of state-by-state voting procedures for military and overseas voters. NASS has also partnered with the Overseas Vote Foundation to provide a clickable map for finding state-specific information and guidelines on voting as a citizen overseas. Go to the Overseas Vote Foundation to learn more read more