Webinar Rundown: Voter Registration at Community Health Centers
Last Thursday, Nonprofit VOTE held a webinar for community health centers interested in conducting voter registration in the lead up to the presidential election. We were fortunate to be joined by three excellent speakers on the topic: Andrea Abel of Texas Association of Community Health Centers, Allan Gamboa of the Association of Asian-Pacific Community Health Centers, and Ronnie Mouth of Lowell Community Health Center.
Many of the participants in Thursday’s webinar expressed interest in seeing a short guide to resources available for health centers planning voter engagement work. Below, I’ve put together some of the resources mentioned during the webinar and others that might be helpful. The swag and pledge card samples were of particular interest. As always, our online voter registration library is the best place to go for a comprehensive list of resources.
Make the case for voter engagement at CHCs:
- Benefits of Voting – A series of four factsheets on the benefits that accrue to voters and to the nonprofits that serve them when patients register and vote
- Reasons to Register and Vote – A two page factsheet on why one should register and vote
- Engaging New Voters – Full Report – Nonprofit VOTE’s 2014 study of nonprofit voter outreach and its effects on voter turnout
Guidelines for CHCs doing voter engagement work:
- Nonprofits, Voting and Elections Online – This is our online guide to remaining nonpartisan while conducting voter outreach activities as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
- What Nonprofit Staff Can Do – A factsheet on nonprofit staff political activities on and off the clock.
- What Nonprofit Staff Can Say about the Election – A factsheet on what a nonprofit staff person can say about an election to a client or community member
- HIPAA and Civic Engagement at CHCs – A factsheet about complying with HIPAA while doing voter engagement work
- Bolder Advocacy – Bolder Advocacy is a program of the Alliance for Justice. They are a wonderful source of information on nonprofit voter engagement and lobbying. They’re team of attorneys have prepared dozens of factsheets on everything from responding to a candidate’s factually incorrect statement to preparing a candidate questionnaire.
- 1-800-NPLOBBY – Bolder Advocacy’s hotline for nonprofits seeking legal advice about advocacy and civic engagement
Doing voter registration:
- A Voter Registration Toolkit – Nonprofit VOTE’s guide to planning and conducting voter registration for 501(c)(3) nonprofits
- Tips for Asking Someone to Register to Vote – A factsheet on best practices when approaching clients about registering to vote
- Tips for Active Tabling – A factsheet on best practices for manning a voter registration table
- Filling Out and Returning Voter Registration Forms – A factsheet explaining how to properly complete an return voter registration forms
- Voter Registration Script and Common Responses – A sample script to use when doing voter registration and responses to common objections to registering
Understand voting and elections in your state:
Materials and swag:
- Nonprofit VOTE’s 2016 Pledge Card – PDF | InDesign
- TACHC’s Advocacy Card – PDF
- AAPCHO’s Advocacy Card – PDF | Adobe Illustrator
- “Ask me about registering to vote” button/sticker in English and Spanish
- “I support CHCs and I vote” button/sticker in English and Spanish
- Nonprofit VOTE’s voter registration poster in English and Spanish
- Community Health Vote Poster 1 in English and Spanish
- Community Health Vote Poster 2 in English and Spanish
Of course, that’s just the short version! You can find even more resources on our website in the resource library and on the Bolder Advocacy website.
Please help spread the word about the webinar recording and these resources on social media!