Look below for guides, toolkits, checklists, factsheets and get out the vote samples.
Guides and Toolkits
|A Voter Participation Starter Kit – for Nonprofits and Social Service AgenciesThis toolkit provides nonprofits with an introduction to doing nonpartisan voter registration, voter education and get out the vote work in an easy and effective way. Emphasis is placed on integrating nonpartisan voter engagement into your nonprofit’s ongoing activities and services with clients and constituents – as well as with your staff and board. Each section highlights basic principles and sample activities. The toolkit has special one page sections on engaging the candidates, working on ballot measures, becoming a poll worker and more.|
|Nonprofits, Voting and ElectionsA 16-page primer for 501(c)(3) nonprofits on nonpartisan voter participation and education activities. What kinds of voter engagement can my organization do? What are easy ways nonprofits can encourage its communities to participate and vote on a nonpartisan basis?|
|A Nonprofit’s Guide to Voter RegistrationThis guide, meant to help your nonprofit incorporate voter registration into its ongoing activities, provides clear and comprehensive explanations on how to successfully plan and carry out your voter registration drive, both in your office and in the community.|
|A Nonprofit’s Guide to Hosting a Candidate ForumIn this publication you will find helpful instructions on hosting a candidate forum, including to-do lists, do’s and don’ts, and a planning timeline. The Guide also includes tips on how to keep your forum nonpartisan and on how to make your forum attractive to candidates, as well as instructions on selecting a format and publicizing your forum.|
Checklists & Factsheets
|Election Day Registration (Espanol)This factsheet explains the benefits of Election Day Registration and lists the states that use it.|
|501(c)(3) Permissible Activities (Espanol)This factsheet outlines nonpartisan civic engagement activities that stay within the limitations of a 501(c)(3) mandate.|
|Ballot Measure Advocacy (Espanol)This factsheet discusses ways that nonprofits can engage in ballot measure activities.|
|Become a Poll Worker (Espanol)This factsheet introduces the process for becoming a poll worker on Election Day.|
|Federal Funds and Voter Participation (Espanol)This factsheet provides an overview of the activity limitations on recipients of federal funds.|
|Nonprofits Increase Voting This factsheet summarizes Nonprofit VOTE’s recent study on nonprofit voter engagement in Detroit, Michigan. We encourage you to use the study factsheet to share the results with your staff, stakeholders, and other nonprofits in your network.|
|Nonprofits, Staff and Elections (Espanol)This factsheet describes what activities nonprofit employees can (and cannot) do on and off the clock.|
|State Felon Enfranchisement Laws (Espanol)This factsheet provides an overview of felon disenfranchisement laws in the United States.|
|Working with Candidates (Espanol)This factsheet provides guidelines on working with a political candidate on a nonprofit basis.|
Other Get Out the Vote Resources
Alliance for Justice: Resources for nonprofits on permissible activities for lobbying, advocacy and election activity.
National Coalition for the Homeless’ You Don’t Need A Home to Vote Manual: How to improve voting access for low income and homeless persons.