THE FINAL PUSH: Voter Registration for Nonprofits and Workplaces

20 October 2016 Written by  

In these last 18 days, VOTERISE is looking to target voter registration efforts in Utah workplaces and nonprofits. If you are connected to any such entity, call us or email to set up a “flash” registration: . This is the most efficient method by far, and you can imagine why: If you, our host, can set aside 5-10 minutes out of a program or agenda, we come in and register an entire crowd all at once on their smart phones via text. If anyone has questions or issues come up, we stick around to answer them. Then, like a flash, we’re outta there and onto the next gig—and you can return to your regular program.

Workplace Voter Registration

Certain industries (tech, financial, and call centers come to mind) employ large numbers of millennials aged 19-34—that’s Voterise’s sweet spot. For these workplaces, we can come in and do a group registration, as we did at Impact Hub, or we can table (Overstock.com and Goldman Sachs today and tomorrow) or we can do all of the above and get messages out on company intranets and social media (Adobe.com-Lehi, Adobe in California). Voterise can mix-and-match our tools to help employers exercise their civic responsibility.

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Nonprofits

We are so proud of the nonprofits that have taken our widgets or webpage tools to facilitate ongoing voter registration on their websites—but that’s only the first step. The button on the website is a landing place or focal point for activities that motivate under-represented groups to be part of the electorate, to have a voice in the policy discussions that impact their lives.

Examples: Outstanding Nonprofit Voter Engagement Models

· The Short Creek Community Alliance and Cherish Families, which serves people leaving polygamous arrangements (FLDS), invited Voterise to Hildale for a community dialogue about voting and civic participation. Voterise’s Julie Douglas shared tools and provided support for community advocates to register voters—many for the first time. One thing that stood out for us from this moving experience: the advocates were heavily focused on local or “down-ballot” issues, namely balance on the county council. We will be going back to help with voter registration at the local high school.

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· YWCA invited Voterise is to its shelters for survivors of domestic violence to register new voters and answer questions. We set up a table in the cafeteria and made our way through the staff offices. Thanks to social media activity and other efforts, the YWCA in on its way to becoming 100% engaged.

· Utah Campus Compact, a civic engagement consortium of 9 Utah colleges and universities, partnered with Voterise on National Voter Registration Day as a day, or really a week, of intense focus on the Campus Cup competition: a challenge issued by Lieutenant Gov. Cox to register as many college students as possible before November. Voterise provided training, tools and engaged the media.

· Utah Film Society invited Voterise to do ‘FLASH’ registration before films catering to largely millennials audiences.

In each of these contexts, we’re learning what works and what doesn’t, with the ultimate goal to build voter registration and civic engagement into other institutional practices and structures.

To Learn More: Contact VOTERISE

Voterise’s calendar is filing up fast, but we will make time to help nonprofits and workplaces register new voters. Give us a call or send an email to reserve any of the above services and tools.

VOTERISE Voter Registration Tools for Nonprofits

· Voterise’s ‘FLASH’ registration. People use their smart phones to register online using Voterise’s popular texting platform. With the October 11 deadline for paper registration behind us, the only way to register is online. One advantage of FLASH registration is that it can be easily combined with another event (ideally before a well-attended event, like a film screening). It works best when all audience members begin the process together, and where the FLASH is the sole focus for the 5-7 minutes it takes to explain the process, pump up the audience, and execute the steps.

· An interactive presentation on voting: why it’s important and how voting works.

· Tools and memes to promote voter registration via text through workplace intranets and social media platforms. Voterise can provide messaging from popular athletes (like REAL SL players).

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· Widgets* for websites to facilitate ongoing voter registration campaigns: Voterise can give nonprofits their own voter registration button and mini-platform so they can track their own results.

Contact: Judi Hilman, Voterise Executive Director: (801) 870-3887

*a widget is a strong of HTML code that performs a function on a website—in this case linking a button to an external voter registration platform while tracking the source.