Nonpartisan Voter Mobilization Being Political Without Being Partisan Wellstone Action
There is no limit on the political activity of individuals Wellstone Action An individual has a right to be involved, to educate on the issues and to engage others in the political process.
Nonprofit organizations can organize politically so long as they remain nonpartisan. The voice of nonprofits and nonpartisan civic organizations is crucial to the health of our democracy.
Nonpartisan Political Activity
Nonpartisan activity by definition, may not support or oppose specific candidates or political parties.
Nonpartisan activity can and should promote voter registration, education and mobilization.
Building the Base
Nonpartisan activity is critical
to building the base
Steps in Voter Mobilization Voter Registration Voter Education Get Out the Vote! Candidate Education Election Protection Wellstone Action
Expands the electorate
Encourages participation low income people, communities of color and immigrants
Creates opportunities to talk about issues
learn about the
Should be part of the ongoing work of nonprofits
Organizers must know the rules and follow them
Voter Education - What
the right to vote
how to vote
how government works
Voter Education – When
At the door and on
In public spaces
In candidate forums and fairs
Through voter guides
In the media – letters-to-the-editor, opinion and commentary
You have a right to:
educate all candidates on
sponsor candidate forums
work with all political parties to get your issues included in their platform
Protecting the right to vote through:
Work with election officials
Monitoring the polls
GOTV Get-Out-the-Vote Wellstone Action GOTV is the culmination of voter mobilization. If you are going to register people, make a commitment to get them out to vote.
Two more important tasks
New Candidate Recruitment – supporting new political leaders
Electoral Reform – ensuring the integrity of the process
When in doubt, consult a lawyer or Alliance for Justice at www.afj.org You CAN DO a many things as a nonprofit to mobilize voters. There is no limit on the activity of an individual. Wellstone Action
“ When too many Americans don't vote or participate, some see apathy and despair. I see disappointment and even outrage. And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action.” - Paul Wellstone Wellstone Action