Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
- Learn how to get candidates to participate
- Learn the do's and don'ts
- Learn how to collaborate with others
When: Thursday, July 17th 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Consumers of the Progress Center, who seek services through the organization, visited several booths offering information on voter registration and rights, paratransit information, and the West Suburban Access News Association, which provides information about programs and services for persons with disabilities.
Visit the Coalition of Citizens With Disabilities website.
A second report in draft form, entitled Communicating with Congress: Recommendations for Improving the Democratic Dialogue, seeks public comment on a new model for constituent communications and makes specific recommendations for congressional offices, citizens, and advocacy groups. Read the draft, and then take the survey to voice your comments on the topic.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Alliance National Conference
Expand your peer connections with the best national network of nonprofit human services leaders at the annual premiere event of the Alliance for Children and Families. This year’s event will be held at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center in Baltimore, MD. From best practices to promising program and organizational innovations to fine tuning your leadership and advocacy skills, this is a conference you, your senior management team, and your board won’t want to miss.
Nonprofit VOTE’s new store will be launching at nonprofitvote.org/store on July 1st, 2008! The new NonprofitVOTE store will feature November 4th logo T-Shirts, Hats, Stickers, Buttons, Bumper stickers and Tote bags.
Soon after, the NonprofitVOTE store will feature a special “Design-Your-Own” section, where you can pick and choose from a variety of VOTE graphics and logos and T-Shirt colors to create an individualized shirt, tote or hat.
The Your Vote, Your Voice web site includes state-by-state details on voter registration, voter education and participation activities. The campaign is targeted to campus organizers.
"In the last two presidential elections, students saw the difference that each individual vote can make," said NAICU President David L. Warren. "Civic awareness and voter engagement is on the rise on campuses across the country. If the momentum continues through the party conventions and into the fall, the student vote will not only hit a record high but it could determine our next president."
Throughout the primaries, polls have shown record levels of engagement among the nation's youth, especially with college students, who have taken on active roles in the 2008 primary season. Research by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Education (CIRCLE) found that 79 percent of the youth voting, ages 18- 29, in the 2008 Super Tuesday primaries on February 5 had attended college.
The project is co-chaired by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).
Monday, June 23, 2008
At the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' June 3rd Voter Mobilization kickoff event, coordinator Josh Winters cited statute 201.162 to Minnpost.com:
"... [A] nonprofit corporation that contracts with the state agency to carry out obligations of the state agency shall provide voter registration services for employees and the public. A person may complete a voter registration application or apply to change a voter registration name or address if the person has the proper qualifications on the date of application. Nonpartisan voter registration assistance, including routinely asking members of the public served by the agency whether they would like to register to vote and, if necessary, assisting them in preparing the registration forms must be part of the job of appropriate agency employees."
(And Minnesota isn't alone. Many other states have similar regulations for agencies that contract with the state, including............)
Other states encourage 501(c)(3)s to engage in voter registration services on a nonpartisan basis. Contact your Secretary of State for more information. To learn more about conducting nonpartisan election-related activities such as voter registration, sample ballot distribution and candidate forums, read NVEN's Toolkits or visit the 501(c)(3) Guidelines page on NonprofitVOTE.org.
About 50 Virginia Organizing Project interns began a 10-week door-to-door campaign throughout the state last week. Around seven are canvassing an area from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach, said the group's executive director, Joe Szakos.
The interns — who are mostly college students — are distributing voters guides and engaging residents on issues important in their communities. In some areas with low numbers of voters, the students are conducting focused drives to increase registration rolls. Part of the effort includes helping nonviolent felons regain their voting rights, Szakos said
The Virginia Organizing Project representatives will ask questions regarding the most important issues to the community, how the need for health care reform is rated and whether respondents would be willing to participate in educational forums, Szakos said.
The interns are also collecting old cell phones and printer cartridges for recycling as part of a fundraising effort, Szakos said."
Volunteers will begin visiting soup kitchens this week during lunch hours to register voters.
"That population doesn't trust the government very much," said Corinne Miller, LWV voter registration leader. "If they're coming for a meal at a recognized site, they know the personnel and they know we're working with them, so they'll have more trust in us."
Homeless people will be instructed to list the Supervisor of Elections Office' West Palm Beach address as their own, or a post office box. Voting by both absentee ballot and at local polling places will be encouraged.
'We're trying to restore (homeless people's) dignity to be respected as people that should be able to exercise their civil rights," said Rita Clark, ED of the Homeless Coalition. "And one of those rights is to be able to vote."
According to a 2007 census there are roughly 1,800 homeless people living in Palm Beach County.
"Some of the homeless people are probably not aware that they can vote," said Miller, "but they are affected most by the government."
(South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
HeadCount is going to all the major summer concert series and festivals this year, as well as hopping on tour with the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters, in an effort to revive the political involvement levels of music lovers around the country.
In recent years, says Brownstein, festival audiences have considered themselves outside of the political process. However, as of late HeadCount has been seeing an increased political receptiveness in music fans, reminiscent of the '60s Woodstock activist audiences. "I think it's changing and it's changing rapidly because we're able to use the platform of music to get people thinking about things outside of music." said co-founder Andy Bernstein. "If there's a core purpose to Headcount, it's to take people who are outside of the process and bring them into the process." (AP Press)
List of HeadCount's upcoming concert events.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
On June 19, the Rhode Island House joined the Senate in passing the National Popular Vote Plan bill S 2112, . The vote was 36-34. The bill has been sent to Governor Donald Carcieri for approval. Next up: Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina. Read more.
On June 20, the Indiana League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit (League of Women Voters of Indiana vs. Secretary of State Todd Rokita) in state court, alleging that the Indiana law requiring voters at the polls to show government photo-ID violates the Indiana Constitution. Read the complaint.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Read OH Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner's report on Ohio's 2008 Primary Election, which outlinesvoter turnout and election procedure improvements since 2004 and identifies the remaining problem areas to resolve for future elections. Recommendations include: clarifying voter ID requirements; improving voter registry accuracy; training poll workers more thoroughly, and more.
regained their right to vote, thanks to new state legislation establishing a three-tiered severity level for Florida citizens convicted of a crime. Until April, Florida was one of only 3 states to strip all convicted felons of their right to vote; those who finish prison and probation previously had to endure a lengthy review by state officials in order to vote, serve on a jury, or hold a state-licensed job.
"Once somebody has truly paid their debt to society, we should recognize it, and we should honor it and we should welcome them back into society and give them that second chance," said Florida Governor Charlie Crist. (The New York Times)
A new report from the Congressional Research Service analyzes Supreme Court's decision to uphold Indiana's voter ID requirement: download The Constitutionality of Requiring Photo Identification for Voting: An Analysis of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board .
Democracy in the States, new from the Brookings Institution Press, is a collection of studies on the progress and agenda of election reform in the 21st century. Studies contributed by leading scholars Paul Gronke, Michael McDonald and Todd Donovan and more.
Read a sample chapter.