Showing posts tagged with: "Early Voting"

Preferred Methods of Voting: Survey Says… . December 29, 2014

The results of a recent survey published in Forbes of voters in Utah found that 21% of the Utah voting population prefers to vote by mail. This year, ten counties in Utah offered voters the chance to cast a ballot by mail. Two years ago in 2012, only one county used vote-by mail. Oregon was the first state to adopt vote-by-mail statewide in 1996. By... read more

Expanding Voting in 2014 . December 11, 2014

A number of structural trends have the potential to increase voting by making it more convenient for voters and expanding their options for when and where they can cast a ballot. In 2014, a number of states passed or implemented legislation that made voting easier. Online Voter Registration 48% of eligible voters now live in states that offer online... read more

Voters to Decide on Election Changes . October 28, 2014

This year, voters in a number of states will make decisions on how to conduct elections. Montana adopted Election Day Registration (EDR) in 2005, and in 2011 Governor Brian Schweitzer vetoed a legislature-passed bill that would have eliminated EDR. Last year, the legislature approved a legislatively-referred state statute for this year’s ballot... read more

Tips for Successfully Casting a Vote-by-Mail Ballot . October 17, 2014

Early voting is on the rise as voters take advantage of increased flexibility about how and when to cast their ballot. As a result, many voters are receiving and returning their ballot by mail–potentially as many as one in five voters this year. However, in 2012 more than a quarter of a million absentee ballots were rejected. This week, Future... read more

Countdown to Election Day: Promote Early Voting . October 16, 2014

The 2014 election is underway! As of October 15, 800,839 ballots have been cast in reporting jurisdictions. (Ballot count updated daily.) In 2010 over 19 million ballots were cast before Election Day. There are two ways to cast a ballot before Election Day: 1) by mail, or 2) in-person during a designated period prior to Election Day. While early voting... read more

Order Your Absentee Ballot . October 14, 2014

In most states, voters have options for casting a ballot before Election Day. (See the Early Voting Information Calendar for details.) Voting early by mail is a popular choice, and three states–Colorado, Oregon, and Washington–conduct their elections exclusively by mail. To encourage early voting, Long Distance Voter has developed a new... read more

10 Things to Do from Now until Election Day . October 3, 2014

November 4th is just weeks away, and there’s still a great deal your nonprofit can do to encourage voting and raise the profile of Election Day. Below is a list of 10 Things to Do from Now until Election Day: Promote Early Voting Opportunities. Early voting can allow voters to avoid lines and provides additional flexibility in casting a ballot... read more

Voting in the 2014 Midterm is Underway . October 1, 2014

This year, Election Day will start well before November 4th. For many years, early voting has been on the rise. In 2010, an estimated 27-29% of voters cast ballots early, much higher than previous midterms. In the 2012 presidential election, 35% of ballots cast were cast early. States currently offer three ways for voters to cast a ballot before Election... read more

Sweeping Election Modernization in Massachusetts . May 23, 2014

Yesterday, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick signed a bill that allows for early voting, online voter registration, post-election audits of voting machines, and pre-registration for 16 and 17 year-olds. With these election updates, Massachusetts joins 23 other states that allow online voter registration, 32 that offer some form of early voting, and... read more

Pew Poll Reveals Inconsistent Knowledge About Elections . January 16, 2014

A new poll from The Pew Charitable Trusts indicates that many voters are not well-informed about election policies.   Among registered voters living in states with early voting: 11% did not realize that their state offered the option of voting early. 11% were unsure whether early voting was available in their state. Among registered voters living... read more

New Project Vote Policy Paper: Early Voting . December 16, 2013

Project Vote’s map of early and absentee voting, 2013. Last month, Project Vote released their latest policy paper, this one on Early Voting. Although voting has traditionally taken place on a single Election Day, in recent years many states have expanded opportunities to vote before Election Day–generally to accommodate voter schedules... read more

States Are Improving Elections in 2013 . June 18, 2013

This year has seen a number of new laws that will improve ballot access and streamline the election process for both voters and elections officials. Colorado recently passed the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act that includes provisions for Election Day Registration and portable registration, in addition to creating a bipartisan task force... read more

Florida Set to Overhaul Elections . May 13, 2013

It seems Florida will once again be making changes to its election law: the Senate passed HB 7013 that Governor Rick Scott has indicated he will sign. The bill counteracts much of the 2011 law that truncated early voting, changed provisional ballot rules, and stiffened rules on voter registration. These changes–combined with record turnout and... read more

Election Highlights from 2012 . January 15, 2013

The 2012 election is over, but there’s plenty to learn from the results. Early voting was popular, particularly in battleground states: 69% of votes in Nevada were cast early along with 53% in Florida, 72% in Colorado, and 42% in Iowa. Many voters are taking advantage of early voting opportunities and the flexibility it affords in deciding when... read more

Google Polling Place Finder: Now Live! . October 31, 2012

Find your polling place! November 6th is just a week away–get the tools you need for a successful Election Day. Whether you’re helping people find their polling place or looking for last minute get-out-the-vote resources, ensure you’re prepared for Election Day! Google Poll FinderThe 2012 Google Poll Finder tool is now live! It uses... read more

Promote Early Voting Now! . October 19, 2012

Don’t wait until November 6th, vote early! The election is underway and your organization can encourage voters to participate now by voting early. Early voting is available in many states, but dates and requirements vary. Voting early in-person or by mail gives voters increased flexibility and the chance to address any problems that may arise... read more

The 2012 Election is Underway! . October 5, 2012

With early voting underway in 35 states, the 2012 presidential election is officially underway! While the current majority of early voting is taking place via absentee ballot, seven states already have in-person polling stations up and running. With just weeks to go before November 6th, it’s critical that nonprofits keep this election in the... read more

Four Ways to Promote Voting Now! . September 24, 2012

Election Day is just weeks away and your voter engagement efforts can have an enormous impact on turnout. Voter registration deadlines are fast approaching but early voting will be underway in many states before they’ve even passed. In 2008 about 33% of ballots were cast before Election Day–either by mail or in person. This year as many... 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 to examine the impact of voting... 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... 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 day,... 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... read more

1 in 3 voters voted early in 2008 . May 12, 2009

This chart from Paul Gronke of the Early Information Voting Center (from a briefing presented at the Election Reform Agenda Conference in Iowa last week) shows how Early Voting has steadily grown in popularity among the 50 states over the past 18 years. A good overview of current status and best practices for Early Voting legislation. read more

New Reports: Voter Turnout, Early Vote, EDR . February 18, 2009

The Return of the Voter: Voter Turnout in the 2008 Presidential Election – By Michael P. McDonald, The Forum, January 2009 ·The 2008 Early Vote – Prepared by Democracy Corps, January 2009 – With nearly a third of ballots cast prior to November 4, Democracy Corps analyzes who voted early and why during the 2008 presidential election. Voters... read more

North Carolina’s One-Stop Voting Success . November 26, 2008

North Carolina’s voter turnout grew by 13.5% this year, which owes a large debt to the states new one-stop registration/voting program. The reform was responsible for 50%-75% of votes in participating counties. Read more in NVEN’s turnout brief. read more

NYT – Election Officials Try to Ease Long Voting Lines . October 23, 2008

MIAMI — Unprecedented numbers of early voters in Florida and other southern states are prompting election officials to add equipment, extend schedules and hand out water and chairs to make people comfortable as they wait for hours at polling places. Read more… read more