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 ...
Nonprofit organizations can organize politically so long as they remain nonpartisan. The voice of nonprofits and nonpartis...
Nonpartisan Political Activity <ul><li>Nonpartisan activity by definition,  may not  support or oppose specific candidates...
Building the Base <ul><li>Nonpartisan activity is critical </li></ul><ul><li>to building the base </li></ul>Wellstone  Act...
Steps in Voter Mobilization Voter Registration Voter Education Get Out the Vote! Candidate Education Election Protection W...
Voter Registration <ul><li>Expands the electorate </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages participation low income people, communitie...
Voter Registration <ul><li>Should be part of the ongoing work of nonprofits </li></ul><ul><li>Organizers must know the rul...
Voter Education - What <ul><ul><li>Information on  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the right to vote </li></ul></ul></ul><u...
Voter Education – When <ul><ul><ul><li>During voter  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>registration drives </li></ul></u...
Candidate Education <ul><li>You have a right to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>educate  all  candidates on  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Election Protection <ul><li>Protecting the right to vote through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
GOTV Get-Out-the-Vote Wellstone  Action GOTV is the culmination of voter mobilization.  If you are going to register peopl...
Two more important tasks <ul><ul><li>New Candidate Recruitment –  supporting new political leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
When in doubt,  consult a lawyer or  Alliance for Justice at  www.afj.org You  CAN DO  a many things  as a nonprofit to mo...
“ When too many Americans don't vote or participate, some see apathy and despair. I see disappointment and even outrage. A...
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  1. 1. Nonpartisan Voter Mobilization Being Political Without Being Partisan Wellstone Action
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Nonpartisan Political Activity <ul><li>Nonpartisan activity by definition, may not support or oppose specific candidates or political parties. </li></ul><ul><li>Nonpartisan activity can and should promote voter registration, education and mobilization. </li></ul>Wellstone Action
  5. 5. Building the Base <ul><li>Nonpartisan activity is critical </li></ul><ul><li>to building the base </li></ul>Wellstone Action
  6. 6. Steps in Voter Mobilization Voter Registration Voter Education Get Out the Vote! Candidate Education Election Protection Wellstone Action
  7. 7. Voter Registration <ul><li>Expands the electorate </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages participation low income people, communities of color and immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>Creates opportunities to talk about issues </li></ul><ul><li>Helps organizers </li></ul><ul><li>learn about the </li></ul><ul><li>community’s </li></ul><ul><li>concerns </li></ul>Wellstone Action
  8. 8. Voter Registration <ul><li>Should be part of the ongoing work of nonprofits </li></ul><ul><li>Organizers must know the rules and follow them </li></ul>Wellstone Action
  9. 9. Voter Education - What <ul><ul><li>Information on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the right to vote </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>how to vote </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>how government works </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the candidates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the issues </li></ul></ul></ul>Wellstone Action
  10. 10. Voter Education – When <ul><ul><ul><li>During voter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>registration drives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>At the door and on </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the phone </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In public spaces </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In candidate forums and fairs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Through voter guides </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In the media – letters-to-the-editor, opinion and commentary </li></ul></ul></ul>Wellstone Action
  11. 11. Candidate Education <ul><li>You have a right to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>educate all candidates on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sponsor candidate forums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and debates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>work with all political parties to get your issues included in their platform </li></ul></ul>Wellstone Action
  12. 12. Election Protection <ul><li>Protecting the right to vote through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with election officials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring the polls </li></ul></ul>Wellstone Action
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. Two more important tasks <ul><ul><li>New Candidate Recruitment – supporting new political leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electoral Reform – ensuring the integrity of the process </li></ul></ul>Wellstone Action
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. “ 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

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