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Get the word out to your community

Share these resources with colleagues, volunteers, and your community:

Register to vote resources: Visit the Secretary of State’s Voter registration page to register. Important note: if you miss the deadline to register to vote (it’s 15 days before election day except in the five counties piloting the Voter's Choice Act), you can still do a Conditional Voter Registration by going to the office of your county elections official (finds yours here) to conditionally register to vote and vote a provisional ballot. Need more registration info? Visit our voter registration page

Voter’s Edge: This nonpartisan website is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and MapLight, and CalNonprofits is proud to include it on our Vote with Your Mission website. Using this website, voters can see what their ballot will look like before they get to their polling place. It provides information on ballot measures, when, where and how to vote in your area, and you can read where candidates stand on the issues. Many people mistakenly think that a criminal conviction means they can’t vote, which isn’t necessarily true. This website, sponsored by the ACLU of Northern California, clearly outlines when a criminal conviction affects your ability to vote.  

New voting changes in California: California has recently implemented several new voting reforms, including Motor Voter registration (when people visit the DMV to apply or renew their driver’s license, they’ll be automatically registered to vote unless they opt out).

Here’s resources you can use to update your community about new voting changes in California:

  • CalNonprofits’ article: New election reforms are an opportunity for nonprofits to engage with voting
  • Future of California Elections: “2018 Election Reform Primer” 
  • Does your nonprofit work with communities in Sacramento, Madera, Napa, Nevada or San Mateo counties? If so, you probably know that your county is piloting the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA), a new law passed to expand voters’ options for how, when, and where people can cast their ballots. The Voters Choice California website is an excellent resource to share, and it also includes county- specific information for nonprofits. Want to get more involved? Your county registrar is already working on the implementation of the VCA in your county, and there’s probably a local coalition of nonprofits working with him or her. 

Where should we share voting information?

Online: You’ve already got the audience- now you just need to share the resources with them.

Bonus: You can use the Vote with Your Mission logos to liven up your posts. They’re available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese

1) Social media: Does your organization have a Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter page? Use your platforms to promote civic engagement by sharing voting information. If you “tag” your tweets with #VoteWithYourMission, we’ll be sure to retweet it and amplify your message.

2) In your next newsletter: Do you send out a weekly or monthly newsletter to your supporters? Let them know how your organization is “Voting with Your Mission” and share resources to help get people engaged.

3) On your website: Did you know that you can add your own “Voter’s Edge” ballot look up tool to your website? Visit this page to get more the code to embed it on your website. 

In person: By helping people to vote, you can increase the trust that people already have in your organization and staff.

1) At the office: Print out information about voter registration and the importance of voting and post it in high traffic areas of your office (like near the entrance, in a reception area, or in the staff kitchen). You can also use this template to print Vote with Your Mission stickers to share.

2) At your next community or staff meeting: Do you host regular meetings with community members at your nonprofit? Take 5 minutes at your next meeting to talk about what Voting with Your Mission means to you and your organization, and to give people information about how to register and what’s going to be on the ballot. You can do the same thing at your next staff meeting, and while you’re at it, remind your colleagues they have up to two hours of paid time to go vote on election day.

3) At community events where you're tabling or presenting: Does your organization have plans to be at a community event? You can include information at your table about when, where, and how to vote in your area, and how to register. Reminder: Nonprofits are nonpartisan- meaning we don’t endorse specific candidates or political parties. Make sure your staff and volunteers know the rules if they’re going to be talking to people. We’ve got an easy to understand list of Frequently Asked Legal Questions to help.

Want to do more?

1) Be a poll worker: Reach out to your local county government to inquire about serving as a poll worker. It’s a powerful experience to help people to vote, and you’ll get paid!

2) Attend a voting webinar: Nonprofit VOTE is another excellent resource and they regularly publish research and sponsor webinars on the topic of voting. Visit their website to learn more:
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