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Activist: nonpartisan voter mobilization

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    • 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.
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    • Building the Base
      • Nonpartisan activity is critical
      • to building the base
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    • Steps in Voter Mobilization Voter Registration Voter Education Get Out the Vote! Candidate Education Election Protection Wellstone Action
    • Voter Registration
      • Expands the electorate
      • Encourages participation low income people, communities of color and immigrants
      • Creates opportunities to talk about issues
      • Helps organizers
      • learn about the
      • community’s
      • concerns
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    • Voter Registration
      • Should be part of the ongoing work of nonprofits
      • Organizers must know the rules and follow them
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    • Voter Education - What
        • Information on
          • the right to vote
          • how to vote
          • how government works
          • the candidates
          • the issues
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    • Voter Education – When
          • During voter
          • registration drives
          • At the door and on
          • the phone
          • In public spaces
          • In candidate forums and fairs
          • Through voter guides
          • In the media – letters-to-the-editor, opinion and commentary
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    • Candidate Education
      • You have a right to:
        • educate all candidates on
        • the issues
        • sponsor candidate forums
        • and debates
        • work with all political parties to get your issues included in their platform
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    • Election Protection
      • Protecting the right to vote through:
        • Education
        • Legal advocacy
        • Work with election officials
        • Monitoring the polls
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    • 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
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    • 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