Increasing Voter Participation


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2020 Election Initiative

The 2020 Presidential Election season is here! NASW is informing, engaging and mobilizing

The nation is embarking on one of the most consequential presidential elections in decades with potential consequences for our profession and those that we serve. Therefore, it is critical that NASW and our members follow the path of past leaders such as Whitney Young by exerting our national leadership to maximize voter participation through mobilization, voter engagement, and voter registration efforts.

From this date through November 5, 2020, Kathy and I will help spearhead the NASW Election 2020 Campaign Which will kick-off with a series of activities, events, and information sharing that will be reach our 110,000 members and many clients that we serve.Additionally, NASW will work in collaboration and partnership with national voter mobilization organizations such as partnerships with:

  • A newly form collaboration between NASW and Voting is Social Work called Social Work Votes!
  • Rock the Vote
  • Voto Latino
  • Non-Profit Vote
  • National Voter Registration Day
  • The National Voting Rights Taskforce
  • The Census Taskforce

We cannot understate the importance of the 2020 elections, especially to low-income families, immigrants, and communities of color. NASW and the social work professional must continue to live up to our long history of supporting candidates that reflect our values and since of fair play.

We encourage you all to get involved and work to ensure that all Americans become engaged in mobilizing for a high national participation in the 2020 elections.

Thanks,
NASW Chief Executive Officer Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW
NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Social Workers as Social & Political Activists

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NASW Webinar Series

These webinars are available on-demand at our Social Work Online CE Institute. Learners have the option to view them for free or to earn CE credits for a nominal fee.


Voter Participation and Voter Engagement: Millennials

Learn about the challenges of motivating young eligible voters to participate in the voting process for local, state, and federal elections. Historically, young people — especially those of color — tend to vote at a lower percentage than their older counterpoints. The webinar provides guidance and information about current barriers that that impede voter participation within this population.

Instructor: Shaneice Simmons, Associate Director of Civic Engagement, Rock the Vote


Challenges for Voting Rights in America

This webinar discusses the state of voting rights in the United States. It touches on the historical context of gaining access to the ballot by African Americans and women. It also looks at the threat to voting rights for Hispanics, college students, and African Americans for the 2018 mid-term elections and the 2020 Presidential election.

Instructor: Hilary O. Shelton, Director to the NAACP's Washington Bureau, Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy


Recognizing and Eliminating Barriers to Voter Registration and Participation

This webinar covers the historic and current barriers that low-income people, ethnic minorities, senior citizens, current and formally incarcerated men and women and college students have faced when trying to exercise their right to vote. The presenters will discuss their respective efforts to eliminate these barriers both through legal actions, mobilization of concerned voter rights advocates, and lobbying to members of congress, and political leaders in states where barriers to voting participation has been identified.

Instructors: Hilary O. Shelton, Director to the NAACP's Washington Bureau / Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy; and Jennifer Bellamy, Legislative Counsel at American Civil Liberties Union


Social Work and VotER

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the deep inequalities in our nation, including our healthcare and social service systems. It is also adding additional challenges to safe, accessible, and inclusive elections. It is more critical than ever that social workers help people, especially the disenfranchised, to register and to vote.

This webinar features the founder of VotER, Dr. Alister Martin, who will share VotER’s new Healthy Democracy Voter Registration Kit that provides simple ways that social workers in all settings--including online--can help clients, students, staff, communities and others exercise their fundamental right to vote. If you can’t make the webinar but would like to learn more and get your free healthy democracy kit for social workers, pre-order yours here or learn about VotER and social work telehealth integration here.

Mobilizing Voters


National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day

Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. 

National Voter Registration Day was created to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to vote.

Learn more about National Voter Registration Day


Rock the Vote

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Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. Rock the uses pop culture, music, art, and technology to engage young people in politics and build collective power.

Rock the Vote has registered and turned out millions of young voters, and successfully defended voting rights and increased access to democracy. They also raise awareness and campaign for issues that impact the lives of young people, including the 2020 Census.

Learn more at rockthevote.org


Young Invicibles

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Young Invincibles amplifies the voices of young adults by expanding opportunities to participate in the political process, to advocate for the issues they care about, and to exercise their right to vote.

Learn more at younginvincibles.org


NAACP

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Turn Out 2018 was a voter registration and mobilization program by the NAACP that reached out to voters in targeted states.

The NAACP is committed to raising awareness for political, educational, social and economic equality for communities of color in the electoral and legislative process.

Get NAACP resources for voters

Voto Latino

Voto Latino is a grassroots political organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy. Through innovative digital campaigns, culturally relevant programs and authentic voices, we shepherd the Latinx community towards full realization of its political power. In our 15-year history, we’ve been at the forefront of political, cultural, digital trends for organizing and activating Latinxs.

Learn more about Voto Latino


Nonprofit Vote

Nonprofit VOTE partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. They are the largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services.

Learn more about Nonprofit VOTE

 LCCR Census Task Force

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Census Task Force seeks to educate and influence Congress and the Executive Branch about the government investment and sound policy development needed to ensure a comprehensive American Community Survey and a fair and accurate census in every one of the nation’s communities.

Learn more about The Census Task Force

Protecting Voting Rights


Brennan Center for Justice

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law

The Brennan Center understands that election security is vital to ensuring the integrity of our democracy. They're teaming up with election officials across the country to help plan for shielding the vote from hacks, breakdowns and erroneous voter purges. They also are keeping an eye on several significant voting rights lawsuits around the country.

Learn more about election security


American Civil Liberties Union

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Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. The ACLU works to protect and expand Americansʼ freedom to vote.

Learn about the ACLU's voting rights activities


U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

U.S. Election Assistance Commission

EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission that serves as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems.

Visit EAC.gov to learn more



Stay Informed, Take Action

See current legislation and key bills in Congress, and find out how legislators voted on bills of interest to social workers.


Why Voting Matters

Learn about the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign.

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