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Library of Voter Engagement Resources Launched! . April 20, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we have just launched a newly-updated and expanded online library of nonpartisan voter engagement resources for 2016. The resource library, which can be found at, provides guidance, how-to’s, and best practices on a range of voter engagement activities, including staying nonpartisan, organizing voter registration drives, convening candidate forums, read more

Webinar Materials: Being Nonpartisan . March 31, 2016

After a long delay, we’re finally posting the materials from our March 17th webinar on Being Nonpartisan. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, or watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Quick Links: Here are a few of the other resources we mentioned during the webinar: Benefits read more


Webinar Materials: The Benefits of Voting . March 1, 2016

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last week’s webinar “The Benefits of Voting.” Thank you also for all of your questions. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact George Pillsbury or Julian Johannesen. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, or watch the read more


Webinar Materials: Getting Started in 2016 . February 16, 2016

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last week’s webinar “Getting Started in 2016.” We would also like to thank you for the great questions. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact Lindsey Hodel or Julian Johannesen. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio read more

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Webinar Materials: Plan Ahead 2016 . January 22, 2016

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend yesterday’s webinar “Plan Ahead 2016.” One hundred twenty nine of you joined the webinar! We could not be happier to see that kind of enthusiasm for nonpartisan voter outreach work. We would also like to thank you for the great questions. If you have any more questions, read more

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Two New Resources for 2016! .

Today, as a part of our “Ready for 2016” initiative, Nonprofit VOTE is happy to release the first two of more than 25 updated resources we’ll be rolling out for 2016! Our “2016 Voter Registration and Engagement Timeline” providers a month by month checklist for planning your organization’s voter registration and voter outreach activities in read more

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From the Founder: Voter Registration Moves Online . January 7, 2016

  Transactions of every kind are moving online and have been for a while. ATMs appeared in New York in 1969 and you could bank online by the 1980s.  It’s 2016 and in a world wired and wireless, voting and voter registration may be the last bastion ruled by pen and paper.  Some say it’s read more

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Webinar Materials: Engaging New Voters in 2016 . December 11, 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend yesterday’s webinar “Engaging New Voters in 2016.”  More than 166 people joined the webinar! That’s one of the highest turnouts we’ve ever had. We really do appreciate your interest and all of your great questions. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and read more


New Report Makes the Case for Nonprofit Voter Engagement . December 2, 2015

This evening, Nonprofit VOTE released a new report that examines the impact nonprofits have when they engage the communities they serve in voting and elections. Engaging New Voters: The Impact of Nonprofit Voter Outreach on Client and Community Turnout is based on an analysis of 129 nonprofits that did voter engagement work across nine states read more


Webinar Materials: Election Reform Gains in 2015 . November 13, 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend yesterday’s webinar “Election Reform Gains in 2015.”  Special thanks go to Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, or watch the webinar read more


40 Secretaries of State #CelebrateNVRD in 2015 . November 6, 2015

In 2015, 40 Secretaries of State and state election offices promoted voter registration by endorsing National Voter Registration Day and National Voter Registration Month. See the full story below or open it in a new tab. [View the story “Secretaries of State #CelebrateNVRD in 2015” on Storify]


From the Founder: Automatic Registration Moves Forward . November 5, 2015

Among the most foundational rights as a citizen is the right to vote. It’s also one of a citizen’s most important responsibilities along with serving on a jury when called and paying ones taxes. This right is compromised by an outdated, still largely paper registration system that differs in all 50 states. One in four read more

Just One Week to Election Day . October 27, 2015

In just one week, thousands of elections will be held across the country for everything from school board member to city councilor to mayor. Whatever’s on your ballot, make sure that you, your staff, volunteers, clients and consumers are ready to vote! One way to do that is to use Nonprofit VOTE’s “Voting in Your read more

Get Ready for Election Day! . October 20, 2015

The November 3rd elections are just two weeks away!  Are you, your staff members, volunteers, clients, consumers, and community members ready to get out and vote? Here are three simple things you can do to make sure. 1. Make sure voters know when, where and how to vote early, whether in person or by mail. read more

California Becomes 2nd State to Automate Voter Registration . October 12, 2015

On Saturday Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1461 (along with 13 other voting and election bills), making California the second state to adopt automatic voter registration. Oregon did so earlier this year. In Oregon, an estimated 300,000 voters could be added to the rolls with automatic registration. In California, the Secretary of State’s office reports read more

Webinar Materials: Nonprofits Get Out The Vote . October 8, 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last Thursday’s webinar “Nonprofits Get Out The Vote.”  Special thanks go to our own, Helena Berbano. Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint and audio file, or watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. Quick Links: Here are a few of the read more


October 1 Webinar: Nonprofits Get Out the Vote . September 23, 2015

Election Day 2015 is less than two months away. Find out what your nonprofit can do to encourage voting and help get your community to the polls! Nonprofits Get Out the Vote Thursday, October 1st at 2:00pm Eastern You’ve done the hard work of registering your community, now it’s time to turn them out to read more


For Your Mission’s Sake: Spread the Word about Nonprofit Votes Count . September 10, 2015

This post is adapted from a September 8, 2015 article by Melissa Barwick, State Policy Associate at the National Council of Nonprofits’ website. How does voter engagement really align with a nonprofit’s mission? That’s a question many nonprofit professionals have probably asked themselves in the weeks since the launch of Nonprofit Votes Count, the nonpartisan read more

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Pennsylvania Latest State to Offer Online Voter Registration . August 31, 2015

Last week Pennsylvania became the latest state to implement online voter registration.  Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia currently offer online registration or have enacted legislation to permit it. Online registration has seen incredible growth in recent years because it is convenient for voters, reduces data entry errors, and cuts election administration costs. Pennsylvania’s read more

Webinar Materials: Voter Registration at Your Nonprofit . August 21, 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend yesterday’s webinar “Voter Registration at Your Nonprofit.”  Special thanks go to yesterday’s speaker, Rebecca Gorrell of theColorado Participation Project. . Webinar Materials: Please feel free to download yesterday’s webinar PowerPoint and audio file, or watch the webinar on Nonprofit VOTE’s YouTube channel. . Sign Up! If read more


Webinar Materials: National Voter Registration Day . August 14, 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend yesterdays’ webinar “Celebrate National Voter Registration Day!”  Special thanks go to yesterday’s speakers,Maggie Bush of the League of Women Voters, Jessica Reeves of Voto Latino andFiona Yau-Luu of the Bus Federation Civic Fund. . Sign Up! If you haven’t done so yet, please be sure to sign read more


Webinar Materials: Nonprofit Votes Count . August 12, 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend yesterday’s webinar“Nonprofit Votes Count: Tactics and Strategies to Register Your Staff to Vote.”  Special thanks go to yesterday’s speakers, our own Brian Miller,Jan Masaoka of the California  Association of Nonprofits, and Jatrice Martel Gaiter of Volunteers of America.  . Sign Up! sign up for the campaign.  Signing up means you’ll be listed as read more


August 9th – 15th is National Health Center Week . August 6, 2015

August 9th – 15th marks National Health Center Week, a week recognizing our nation’s Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers. National Health Center Week has been celebrated for more than 30 years, and celebrates the contributions of the more than 9,000 community health centers nationwide that provide free and reduced cost medical care read more

Courts Endorse Nonpartisan Redistricting . July 31, 2015

When it comes to elections, the nonprofit sector is the only sector required by law to be nonpartisan. Why shouldn’t the administration of elections have the same requirement? Unfortunately, most states still allow legislative incumbents to choose their voters before voters get to choose them. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court and Florida Supreme Court read more


National Voter Registration Day Launches New Website . July 30, 2015

We’re excited to announce the launch of National Voter Registration Day’s new website! The site features an event finder and social media toolkit. Sign up to become an official National Voter Registration Day partner and you will also have access to the new Field Toolkit, Communications Toolkit, posters, social media graphics, and guides covering the read more


#NPVotesCount Gains Momentum . July 28, 2015

Last week, Nonprofit VOTE, Independent Sector, National Council of Nonprofits, and United Way Worldwide launched a campaign to encourage nonprofit staff, board members and other volunteers to get registered and to vote. “Voter registration is the first step in making our voices heard as citizens,” said Geoff Plague, Vice President of Public Policy for Independent read more


Nonprofit Votes Count Campaign . July 23, 2015

Nonprofit VOTE has joined with Independent Sector, National Council of Nonprofits and United Way Worldwide in a campaign to encourage nonprofit staff, board members and other volunteers to get registered and to vote. Called Nonprofit Votes Count, the campaign makes available a wealth of resources that make it easy for nonprofits like yours to ensure read more


Three webinars in one month! . July 17, 2015

Three webinars in one month? Really?  Yes. August is an exciting month here at Nonprofit VOTE.  Use the links below to sign up for the webinar(s) of your choice.   Nonprofit Votes Count: Tactics and Strategies to Register Your Staff to Vote Tuesday, August 11th at 2:00pm Eastern Join the campaign to ensure that every read more


Webinar Materials: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits . July 16, 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Tuesday’s webinar, Laws on the Ballot: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits. We would like to offer special thanks to our featured presenter, Abby Levine, legal director of Bolder Advocacy. Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint as a PDF, download an audio recording of the read more

Why Don’t Millennials Vote in Local Elections? . July 2, 2015

The Knight Foundation recently released research about the barriers and motivators for local voting, specifically focusing on “drop-off millennial voters,”–people ages 20 to 34 who voted in the last national election but not in recent local elections. Local elections are missing millions of millennial voters who participate in national elections but not ones in their read more


July 14 Webinar: Ballot Measure Advocacy . June 29, 2015

Did you know that your nonprofit can encourage your constituents to vote for or against a ballot measure? Join us to learn more about what nonprofits can do on ballot measures: Laws on the Ballot: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits Tuesday, July 14th at 2:00pm Eastern Nonprofits cannot support or oppose candidates, but they can read more


New Factsheet: HIPAA and Civic Engagement at Health Centers . June 26, 2015

HIPAA is the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and one of its primary goals is to protect the confidentiality and security of healthcare information. Protecting patient information is paramount for health centers, but complying with HIPAA does not prevent them from successfully conducting voter outreach with patients. What are the HIPAA read more

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Nonprofits Partner to Boost Asian American Voting Rates . June 23, 2015

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters represent one of the fastest growing voting blocs in the United States, doubling in size since 1996 to over nine million eligible voters today. In the 2014 midterm, the AAPI turnout rate had the highest growth among all groups since the last midterm. Despite this upswing, as a new read more


Webinar Materials: Candidate Engagement . June 18, 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last Thursday’s webinar, Candidate Engagement: Candidate Forums, Appearances and More. We would like to offer special thanks to our featured presenter Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, executive director of MassVOTE. Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint presentation, download an audio recording of the webinar or watch the read more


June 18: Harnessing the Power of the Nonprofit Vote . June 12, 2015

The Independent Sector, National Council of Nonprofits, Nonprofit VOTE and United Way Worldwide are sponsoring a national campaign called Nonprofit Votes Count to encourage nonprofit employees and volunteers to register and vote, and to build awareness among the charitable community about how many engaged voters are in our coalitions. Join us for a free digital read more


Upcoming Candidate Engagement Webinar: Forums, Appearances & More . June 3, 2015

Your nonprofit cannot support or oppose candidates but that doesn’t mean you can’t engage them. RSVP to learn more during next week’s webinar Candidate Engagement: Forums, Appearances and More Thursday, June 11th at 2:00pm Eastern Candidate engagement is a powerful way not only to educate your constituents about the candidates and issues, but to make read more


It’s Official! Vermont to Allow Election Day Registration . June 2, 2015

Yesterday, Vermont became the 14th state to pass Election Day Registration (the 15th jurisdiction, including the District of Columbia). The new law will take effect January 1, 2017. That means that for the 2016 presidential election (and all local elections before then) voters will need to register by the Wednesday before Election Day. Vermont joins read more


Webinar Materials: Getting Started . May 19, 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last Thursday’s webinar, Getting Started: Nonpartisan Voter Engagement for Nonprofits. We would like to offer special thanks to our featured presenters Erika Anthony, senior director of advocacy, policy & research at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and Lindsey Hodel, national field director at Nonprofit VOTE. Please feel free read more

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Vermont Poised to Adopt Election Day Registration . May 15, 2015

This week, the Vermont House passed a bill that will allow voters to register to vote at a polling place on Election Day. Under the current law, the registration deadline is the Wednesday before the election. The House made a few changes to the original Senate bill text, which the Senate concurred with on Thursday. read more

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North Carolina Nonprofits Turn Out the Vote . May 11, 2015

In 2014, Nonprofit VOTE conducted a multi-state study to analyze the voter engagement strategies of nonprofit service providers. More than 100 nonprofits participated, reaching more than 45,000 clients, consumers, and constituents about registering or pledging to vote. Early analysis has revealed that in North Carolina, nonprofits participating in the study had a significant impact on read more


May 14 Webinar: Voter Engagement for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits . May 8, 2015

Are you eager to “get started” doing voter engagement work, but unsure of how to begin? Join us next week for a nonpartisan voter engagement primer: Getting Started: Nonpartisan Voter Engagement for Nonprofits Thursday, May 14th at 2:00pm Eastern This introduction to nonprofit voter engagement work covers the basics–voter registration, voter education, candidate engagement, ballot read more

Increasing Turnout Requires Both Reform and Local Engagement . May 7, 2015

A new and growing dialogue about increasing voter participation is in the air, and for good reason. Voter turnout in the last midterm election, at 37% of eligible voters, was the lowest the nation has seen since World War II. We simply cannot afford to continue this trend. Fortunately, a growing number of states are read more

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MN Secretary of State Pushes for Pre-registration . April 28, 2015

Last week, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon wrote that “it’s a good time to talk about good habits,” specifically voting habits. He was addressing a bill before the Minnesota legislature that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote. Simon noted that almost half of states already allow some form of preregistration for read more

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Don’t Overlook 2015 . April 24, 2015

While there are already candidates officially running for office in 2016, this year’s elections should not be overlooked. In 2015, 558 cities will hold mayoral elections. Although national elections get the majority of news coverage, “It’s often these local governments that determine policy issues about policing, education, transportation, infrastructure, all of these things that more read more

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Webinar Materials: Being Nonpartisan . April 21, 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last Thursday’s webinar, Being Nonpartisan: Guidelines for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits. We would like to offer special thanks to our featured presenter, our own George Pillsbury, founder and senior consultant at Nonprofit VOTE. Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint presentation, download an audio recording of the read more

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New Mexico Adopts Online Voter Registration . April 15, 2015

New Mexico is the latest state to pass and enact online voter registration. Governor Susana Martinez signed Senate Bill 643 last Friday, which made it through both the state Senate and the House of Representatives without a dissenting vote. The legislation will modernize the state’s voter registration system, help clean up the voter rolls, and read more

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April 16 Webinar: Voter Engagement for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits . April 9, 2015

Interested in voter engagement but not sure what the rules are? We’ve got you covered. Join us next week for: Being Nonpartisan: Voter Engagement for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits Thursday, April 16th at 2:00pm Eastern Learn about IRS guidelines for 501(c)(3) organizations on staying nonpartisan when engaging your clients, staff, and constituents around voting and elections. The read more

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Coverage of America Goes to the Polls 2014 . March 30, 2015

Since America Goes to the Polls 2014 was released, numerous news articles and editorials have covered a range of the report’s findings. On a national level, a great deal of attention has been given to the fact that 2014 turnout (36.6%) was the lowest its been since World War II (USA Today). But because turnout read more


Webinar Materials: America Goes to the Polls 2014 . March 23, 2015

Last week’s webinar, America Goes to the Polls 2014: Voter Turnout in the 2014 Midterm Election, is now available. Many thanks to University of Florida Professor Michael McDonald (and director of the US Elections Project) and George Pillsbury of Nonprofit VOTE for presenting. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll read more

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Bridging Today’s Voting Gaps . March 16, 2015

In his address in Selma earlier this month, President Obama asked, “What is our excuse today for not voting? How do we so casually discard the right for which so many fought? How do we so fully give away our power, our voice, in shaping America’s future?” Despite the passage of the Voting Rights Act, read more

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America Goes to the Polls 2014 Now Available . March 12, 2015

Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to release America Goes to the Polls 2014, the latest edition in our series of biennial reports on voter turnout. America Goes to the Polls 2014 uses official election data to rank voter turnout in the 50 states and looks at major factors underlying voter participation in this historically low turnout read more

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Colorado Debuts Mail Elections in 2014 . March 11, 2015

Last year, Colorado held its first general election since passing a 2013 law that required the state to mail ballots to all registered voters. Although ballots were sent out, voters were not required to vote by mail. In-person voting was still permitted on or before Election Day at Voter Service and Polling Centers. In addition read more


Oregon to Proactively Register Voters . March 9, 2015

Earlier this year, we reported on a bill in Oregon that would actively register eligible citizens, creating one of the most complete voting lists in the country. Last week, Oregon’s legislature passed that voter registration bill (HB 2177), paving the way to adding hundreds of thousands of citizens to the voting rolls by shifting the read more

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Every Vote Counts . March 6, 2015

Earlier this year, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that in 2014 seven local issues were decided by just one vote or tied. In a press release, his office emphasized that “one person could have made the difference in deciding whether local taxes would go up, bond issues passed or an area restaurant or read more

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March 19 Webinar: Voter Turnout in the 2014 Midterm . March 5, 2015

The 2014 midterm election is over, but we have new data and insights to share! Join Nonprofit VOTE for our upcoming webinar: Voter Turnout in the 2014 Election Thursday, March 19th at 2:00pm Eastern This month, Nonprofit VOTE will release America Goes to the Polls 2014, the fifth installment of our biannual series of reports read more

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Take a Look Back with America Goes to the Polls . March 4, 2015

This month we are releasing the latest installment in our America Goes to the Polls series. These reports track national turnout and voting trends among eligible voters in presidential and midterm elections. It is the only place to find state-by-state turnout comparisons based on official turnout data. Additionally, our America Goes to the Polls supplements read more

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Plan Ahead 2015: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit . February 20, 2015

Thank you to all of you who joined us for yesterday’s webinar, Plan Ahead 2015: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit. Many thanks also to our own Lindsey Hodel for lending us her expertise. If you’re starting to thinking about your nonprofit’s plan for registering, educating, and engaging voters in 2015, you may want to watch the webinar on read more


Partner Spotlight: YWCA USA . February 11, 2015

Last year, 45 local YWCAs in 38 states signed up as National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) partners. The YWCA was the second most represented national network, behind only the League of Women Voters. Beyond their strong NVRD participation, the YWCA mobilized 18 affiliates in 17 states who contacted 2,811 individuals about registering and voting in read more


From Voting Rights to Voting Action . February 9, 2015

At Nonprofit VOTE we honor the hard-won victories of our predecessors by ensuring that as many Americans as possible cast a ballot on Election Day. Fifty years ago a grassroots mobilization was underway that would lead to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of legislation that dramatically expanded the right to vote read more


The Benefits of Voting: Who Votes Matters . January 29, 2015

Until recently, conventional wisdom held that those who vote on a regular basis and those who don’t have similar views on most issues. However, new research shows that “nonvoters”–those who don’t vote regularly or at all, and who are disproportionately lower income, younger, and new citizens–differ markedly on issues like the role of government and read more


The Benefits of Voting for Nonprofits . January 27, 2015

Voter engagement efforts build stronger nonprofits. Nonprofits whose communities vote have more access to elected officials, increased clout on issues, and are better positioned to advance their mission. Nonprofits reach people missed by traditional campaigns, contributing to more active citizenship and an electorate that more fully represents the communities we serve. We create a more read more

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February 19 Webinar: Make a Voter Engagement Plan . January 23, 2015

Have you thought about your plans for 2015? Join Nonprofit VOTE for our upcoming webinar: Plan Ahead 2015: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit Thursday, February 19th at 2:00pm Eastern Voter engagement takes planning. Now is the time to start thinking about your nonprofit’s plan for registering, educating, and engaging voters in 2015 read more


The Benefits of Voting for Voters . January 22, 2015

Nonprofit voter engagement is good for organizations, but did you know that it’s also good for the people you serve? Voting is connected with a host of positive benefits for the individual voter. Compared to non-voters, voters are more likely to volunteer, contact their elected officials, and stay informed about local affairs. Voting is associated read more


Oregon SOS to Push for Universal Voter Registration . January 21, 2015

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is proposing a bill that would add an estimated 300,000 voters to the state’s registry and eventually create one of the most complete voter rolls in the country. Under the law, eligible voters would be registered automatically by the state using records the DMV has on file. There would read more

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MLK: “Give Us the Ballot” . January 19, 2015

On May 17, 1957 in Washington, DC, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “Give Us the Ballot” address. It was three years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down “separate but equal” in their Brown v. Board of Education decision and eight years before the Voting Rights Act would become law in 1965. “And so read more

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A New Year Brings New Leadership . January 14, 2015

Last month, I took the helm as the new executive director of Nonprofit VOTE, following founder George Pillsbury who is staying on as a senior consultant. I am thrilled about this exciting opportunity and I look forward to applying my 20 years of experience in the field to the important work of Nonprofit VOTE. Nonprofits read more

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2015 Webinar Series Preview . January 12, 2015

A New Year and new elections can only mean one thing–the return of Nonprofit VOTE’s webinar series! In 2015 we will cover a variety of nonprofit voter engagement topics, including: Nonpartisan Guidelines for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits, Voter Registration, Voter Turnout in the 2014 Midterm Election, Candidate Engagement, Ballot Measure Advocacy, National Voter Registration Day, and more! read more

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Make Your 2015 Voter Engagement Plan . January 9, 2015

The 2016 presidential election will garner major media attention this year as candidates seek to position themselves ahead of the primary elections that kick off next January. This attention overshadows the many important elections happening around the country in 2015 including mayoral and gubernatorial races. If your community doesn’t have an election this year are read more

New Secretaries of State Consider Election Changes . January 8, 2015

Last year, 24 states elected their top elections official. Swearing ins have begun in earnest, and many new secretaries of state have already outlined their plans for improving elections. In California, Secretary Alex Padilla is asking for input on how to #BoostTheVote and increase voter participation, noting that “the best ideas often come from citizens read more

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2015 New Year’s Resolution: Be a Voter . January 2, 2015

Voting is a habit. But so is sitting out an election. Make 2015 the year that you pledge to be a voter. Let this year be the start of many years of voting to come. Although many states don’t have high profile races this year, that doesn’t mean there aren’t elections that matter. Local issues read more


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 read more

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Illinois to Permanently Offer Election Day Registration . December 22, 2014

This summer Illinois instituted a number of election law changes, but just for the November 4, 2014 election. The legislation: Expanded the number of days and extended the hours for early voting; Removed the requirement that people voting early show a photo ID; Allowed students attending Illinois public universities to shift their residences from their read more

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Maryland to Update Voting System . December 19, 2014

Funding election infrastructure is a popular theme this week. On Monday, Virginia Governor McAuliffe announced a plan to spend $28 million to upgrade voting machines and technology. Yesterday, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $28 million contract to replace the state’s current touch-screen voting system with machines that scan paper ballots, which voters read more

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Nonprofit VOTE Names Brian Miller as New Executive Director . December 18, 2014

We are pleased to announce Brian Miller as Nonprofit VOTE’s new Executive Director. Brian succeeds founder and previous Executive Director, George Pillsbury, who has transitioned into a senior consultant role. A seasoned nonprofit leader, Brian has two decades of executive director experience and a strong background and track record in program management, organizational leadership, and read more

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Virginia Seeks to Update Voting Technology . December 15, 2014

Today, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe proposed a one-time investment of $28 million to change and upgrade voting machines, electronic poll books, and the state elections website. Voting machines, electronic poll books, and @vaELECT website to be replaced and upgraded. @GovernorVA #VAvotingInitiative — VA Dept of Elections (@vaELECT) December 15, 2014 In his proposal the state read more

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Nonprofit VOTE Highlights from 2014 . December 12, 2014

Much has been written about turnout in this year’s election: it was the lowest in 72 years at 37%, but still typical for a midterm. Less known is that voters served by nonprofits–youth and voters of color–increased their share of the electorate compared to the 2010 midterm. This trend will continue in election cycles to 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 read more

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12 Days of Voter Engagement Resources . December 8, 2014

To wrap up 2014, Nonprofit VOTE is celebrating with 12 Days of Voter Engagement Resources! This series will highlight our top voter engagement resources for nonprofits. We hope it will both inspire you and help you prepare as your organization plans for 2015 and beyond. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook as read more

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Bright Lines in the New Year . December 4, 2014

Last November the IRS issued a proposal regarding changes to the political activities of 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations. The initial proposal was ultimately withdrawn this year after receiving more than 160,000 public comments, including input from Nonprofit VOTE and its partners. Nonprofit VOTE’s comments made Adler & Colvin’s List of Top 25 Comments. Nonprofit VOTE was concerned read more


2014 Midterm Demonstrates Why Nonprofits Matter to Elections . December 1, 2014

In 2014, more than half of voters reported that they were not contacted by a party or a campaign. Nonprofits have an important role to play in increasing turnout because we have relationships with many of the individuals that will not otherwise be contacted about voting. Moreover, past research show that nonprofits are effective at read more


After the Election: Engage with Elected Officials . November 19, 2014

The 2014 midterm is over. Nonprofits are done until the next election, right? Not even close. While one of the main goals of nonprofit voter engagement is community empowerment and helping people vote, it’s not the only priority. Nonprofit voter engagement benefits both nonprofits and the people we serve. (For specifics, see our Benefits of read more

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Outreach to “Unlikely” Voters Creates Voters . November 17, 2014

Thad Kousser, a professor of political science at UC San Diego, recently wrote in the The Los Angeles Times about low voter turnout in California. In the June 2014 primary, only a quarter of registered voters cast a ballot, the lowest turnout rate ever in a California primary. In addition to the general turnout problem, read more

The Latino Electorate and the 2014 Midterm . November 14, 2014

On Wednesday, Nonprofit VOTE hosted a webinar debrief on 2014 voter turnout. For a more in-depth look at Latino turnout we wanted to share data from the experts at Latino Decisions and their 2014 Election Eve Poll, which summarizes data from interviews with 4,200 Latino voters in 10 states contacted between October 29 and November read more

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2014 Voter Turnout: Debrief Materials . November 13, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Who Turned Out in the 2014 Midterm Election: A Post-Election Debrief, is now available. Many thanks to Abby Kiesa of CIRCLE and George Pillsbury of Nonprofit VOTE for presenting. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the read more


The Social (Media) Aspect of Voting . November 12, 2014

This year, 6,931,105 people shared on Facebook that they were voting. Facebook created a real-time map showing where users were clicking the “I’m A Voter” button and The Washington Post turned it into an animated GIF. The button was quite popular–at one point users were clicking it at a rate of 358,000 per hour. Official read more


Honoring Veterans by Voting . November 11, 2014

Today is Veterans Day, a day to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. According to the U.S. Census, 14.7 million veterans voted in the 2012 presidential election; 70% of veterans cast a ballot in that election, compared with 61.8% of all eligible read more

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Nonprofit Voter Engagement: North Carolina Leads by Example . November 10, 2014

Last month the Citizen-Times covered Asheville area nonprofits and their get-out-the-vote efforts. The article highlighted: Children First / Communities In Schools printed 40,000 copies of its 2014 Buncombe County Voter Guide. The guide covered candidates’ views on child poverty, education, health, social services to low-income families, affordable housing and living wage requirements. “It’s really issue-focused read more

Post-Election Wake-Up Call . November 7, 2014

The following was written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director of the Building Movement Project, and originally appeared on their blog. Reprinted here with permission. In the wake of Tuesday’s elections, I was left wondering how many nonprofits had registered and turned out voters. This year’s midterms will probably be remembered for the apparent contradiction of progressive read more

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Who Turned Out in the 2014 Midterm Election: A Post-Election Debrief .

Do you have questions about the 2014 midterm, such as… Which state displaced Texas for lowest voter turnout? Which states had the highest turnout? (It wasn’t Minnesota for a change.) Compared to the presidential electorate, how much older was the midterm electorate? Compared to 2010, which demographics increased their share of the vote? (You’ll be read more

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Nonprofits and Nonvoters . November 3, 2014

Read on to learn about nonvoters and how nonprofits can successfully turn them into voters! [View the story “Nonprofits and Nonvoters” on Storify]

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Tuesday is Election Day .

Elections are decided by turnout. In the next 36 hours, a personal reminder and help navigating the voting process from you and your nonprofit can make a difference. Answering one question can turn a non-voter into a voter. Share these four essential voting tools with your staff, partners, and the people you serve. 1. Find read more


Get to the Polls – Poll Finder . October 30, 2014

Pew’s Voting Information Project has collaborated with Google and the Internet Association to create, a new tool which allows voters to find their polling place and full ballot summary based on their address. Get to the Polls is powered by the Google Civic Information application programming interface and uses official data from state election read more

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Countdown to Election Day: 2014 Election Day Toolbox . October 29, 2014

Be prepared to assist and encourage voters next Tuesday, November 4th. Voters are more likely to participate if they believe turnout will be high, and your reminders can convince people to head to the polls. Send a communication to your audience promoting the voting tools below. Make the election visible. Advertise polling hours prominently on read more


Do’s & Don’ts: Public Charities in an Election Year . October 28, 2014

Nonprofit VOTE helps 501(c)(3) nonprofits incorporate nonpartisan election activities into their services and activities. There is a wide variety of permissible activities nonprofits can do and we offer a range of resources to help your organization, whether you’re getting started for the first time or want to try out more complex candidate engagement work. But read more

Voters to Decide on Election Changes .

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 to bring the read more

Seven Principles for Getting Out The Vote

Seven Principles for Getting Out the Vote . October 27, 2014

November 4th is almost here! Over the next week, your discussions with clients and constituents about voting are critical. Use these tested strategies to make your get-out-the-vote efforts as effective as possible. Make it Personal Voter mobilization research shows that people are more likely to participate when contacted personally by someone they know. Voters respond read more


Get Your “I Voted” Sticker .

Next week–Tuesday November 4th–is your chance to snag an “I Voted” sticker. Depending on your state, you may have already cast your ballot either in-person or by mail. One downside to voting absentee by mail is that you typically don’t get an “I Voted” sticker. Never fear! Back in 2012, Slate considered this problem and read more

2014 State Voter Hotlines . October 24, 2014

The National Association of Secretaries of State has compiled a list of state-specific helplines and toll-free numbers for the 2014 midterm election. These voter hotlines are available in addition to the national resources 866-OUR-VOTE and 888-VE-Y-VOTA.   State Voter Hotline Alabama  1-800-274-VOTE (8683) Alaska  1-866-952-VOTE (8683) Arizona  1-877-THE-VOTE (8683) Arkansas  1-800-482-1127 California  1-800-345-VOTE (8683) Colorado read more