Voter Engagement Resources
AS YOU ARE PLANNING VOTER ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES THIS ELECTION SEASON, ACCESS THE MANY FREE, ONLINE RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE. SELECTED RESOURCES ARE OUTLINED BELOW, INCLUDING SOME WITH HELPFUL STATE-SPECIFIC INFORMATION.
Bolder Advocacy, an Initiative of Alliance for Justice
Bolder Advocacy promotes nonprofit and foundation engagement in election and lobbying activities. The organization works to explain advocacy rules and regulations and provide tools organizations need to be confident and powerful advocates. Bolder Advocacy makes it clear that nonprofits should not shy away from electoral activities, explaining the differences in what organizations can and cannot do under IRS tax rules for nonprofits.
For more information, visit: https://bolderadvocacy.org
Fair Elections Center
- The Fair Elections Center (formerly the Fair Elections Legal Network) is a national, nonpartisan voting rights and election reform nonprofit organization. Its mission is to use litigation and advocacy to remove barriers to registration and voting, particularly for traditionally underrepresented groups. The Fair Elections Center provides legal and technical assistance to voter mobilization organizations and works to improve overall election administration through legislative reforms. State-specific resources include information on voter registration deadlines, ID requirements for voting, and how to vote early or by mail in your state.
- For more information, visit: https://www.fairelectionscenter.org/
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
- The Brennan Center for Justice understands that voting is the foundation of our democracy and fights to preserve and expand the right to vote for every eligible citizen. The Brennan Center works through practical policy proposals, litigation, advocacy, and communications to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all Americans. The center tracks and publishes analyses of voting rights policies in every state legislature across the country.
- For more information, visit: https://brennancenter.org
- Nonprofit VOTE partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. The largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits with voter engagement, Nonprofit VOTE’s library of online resources includes a Voter Participation Starter Kit and a 50-state Voting in Your State Guide, as well as helpful guides on planning a voter engagement program, engaging candidates, and remaining nonpartisan.
- For more information, visit: http://nonprofitvote.org
VOTE411.org, a Resource from the League of Women Voters Education Fund
- VOTE411.org is an online voter education resource from the League of Women Voters Education Fund and a “one-stop-shop” for election-related information. The site provides nonpartisan information and resources including a voter registration tool, a nationwide polling place lookup, and ballot guides for voters in every state. General and state-specific information is available for every voter in America for both primary and general elections.
- For more information, visit: http://vote411.org
You Don’t Need a Home to Vote, a Campaign of the National Coalition for the Homeless
- The You Don’t Need a Home to Vote Campaign seeks to promote voting access by specifically engaging people experiencing homelessness to become active voters. Online resources include a 50-state breakdown of how people can exercise the right to become a registered voter, how homeless service agencies can incorporate voter registration into client intake processes, and how homelessness advocates can promote comfort and familiarity in casting a ballot.
- For more information, visit: http://nationalhomeless.org/campaigns/voting
Vote Early Day
- Vote Early Day is a nonpartisan collaboration of nonprofits, businesses, and election administrators working to ensure that Americans understand their options to vote early. Voting early – whether by mail or in person – reduces lines on election day and provides increased flexibility to voters. Organizations can work with Vote Early Day to create awareness about early voting options and celebrate early voters’ commitment to civic engagement on October 24, 2020.
- For more information, visit: www.voteearlyday.org