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How Nonprofits Helped America Vote: 2006

By , Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

OMB Watch has released a report called How Nonprofits Helped America Vote: 2006 which “describes nonprofits’ electoral engagement during the 2006 election and their preparation for upcoming elections.”

The report, which is only 16 pages long, briefly describes some of the actions non-profits took on behalf of voters and voter rights across the county, and then summarizes the types of actions non-profits can take to help ensure fair elections in 2008:

In summary, nonprofits can ensure the integrity of our elections by:

  1. Registering voters
    Voter registration is a common non-partisan activity for nonprofits than can make a big difference on Election Day.
  2. Prepare voters for election day
    Getting voters prepared for Election Day will minimize confusion and disenfranchisement at the polls.
  3. Get-out-the-vote (GOTV)
    Nonprofits can legally engage in get-out-the-vote activities that can have a real impact on voter turnout on Election Day because of the special relationship nonprofits have with many disengaged voters
  4. Educate voters on candidates and ballot measures
    While nonprofits cannot work on behalf of or against candidates, there are a number of voter education activities they can legally engage in to ensure voters are fully informed when they cast their ballots.
  5. Recruit poll workers and election day observers
    Skilled poll workers are in demand and nonprofits can help the democratic process by being a part of poll worker recruitment.
  6. Debunk the myth of voter fraud
    Voter fraud ‚?? purposeful corruption of the election process by voters ‚?? is rare. Claims of voter fraud are used to promote laws that restrict voting. Nonprofits can raise awareness that voter fraud is a myth.
  7. Fight voter suppression
    Nonprofits are leading the charge to protect voters‚?? rights and the integrity of the electoral process. State and local groups have partnered with national organizations to challenge new laws and regulations that inhibit peoples‚?? ability to register and vote.
  8. Protect the integrity of elections
    Ensure the vote of every citizen is counted by advocating for reliable voting technologies that produce paper records and can easily be audited, as well as lobbying state and local governments to comply with all of the regulations in the Help America Vote Act.

Direct link to the Report (318K PDF)