Democracy and Voting
Resources

Stay Informed and Show Up

Most of us are proud to live in a democracy, where we have a say in what happens to our society. But where did that come from? And how do we safeguard it during these unprecedented times of division?

The short answer: be informed and vote.

We do not endorse any political parties or candidates. We just believe it’s every adult’s responsibility to cast a vote, and to take the time to understand the issues and people running for our government. This is a huge way we can participate in democracy and shape our future.

Want to make a difference? Work to ensure your friends, family, and neighbors show up and stay informed!

Voter Registration and Polling Information

Vote America
Get help registering, getting your ballot, or finding your local polling place.

Rock the Vote
Find all the important deadlines, dates, requirements, registration options, and information on how to vote in your state.

Vote411
See what’s on your ballot, check your voter registration, find your polling place, discover upcoming debates in your area

HeadCount
Getting people registered to vote and interested in democracy at concerts, festivals, community events – anywhere we can translate the power of music and culture into real action.

Vote.org
Everything you need to vote: check your registration, register to vote, vote by mail, get election reminders, find early voting locations, locate your polling place, locate a dropbox, track your ballot by mail application, and more.

Unbiased Information on Election Issues

Ballotpedia
The nation’s premier resource for unbiased information on elections, politics, and policy, to help you make decisions about how you’ll vote in an election.

League of Women Voters
A nonpartisan, grassroots organization working to protect and expand voting rights and ensure everyone is represented in our democracy. We empower voters and defend democracy through advocacy, education, and litigation, at the local, state, and national levels.

Volunteer Opportunities

Vote Forward
Efficient and well-organized letter-writing campaigns to increase the participation of historically underrepresented communities in the electorate.

Our Democracy Phonebanks
Everything you need, including training, to participate in phonebanking.

Election Protection
We recruit, train, and deploy thousands of nonpartisan Election Protection volunteers across the nation, as voters’ first line of defense against confusing voting rules, outdated infrastructure, rampant misinformation, and needless obstacles to the ballot box.

Power the Polls
Help staff your local polling places

Common Cause
Training thousands of nonpartisan volunteers to serve as voters’ first line of defense against confusing restrictions, outdated infrastructure, and disinformation.

Youth Centered Efforts

Alliance for Youth Action
Empowering young people’s organizations to strengthen our democracy, fix our economy, and correcting injustices through on-the-ground organizing.

Campus Vote Project
Working with universities, community colleges, faculty, students and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. Check voter status, register to vote, request an absentee ballot.

Strengthening Democracy

Fair Fight
Promoting fair elections around the country, encouraging voter participation in elections, and educating voters about elections and their voting rights.

When We All Vote
A leading national, nonpartisan initiative to change the culture around voting and to increase participation in every election by helping to close the race and age gap. Launched in 2018 by Michelle Obama, with Co-Chairs Stephen Curry, Becky G, Selena Gomez, Tom Hanks, H.E.R., Liza Koshy, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Megan Rapinoe, Shonda Rhimes, Bretman Rock, Kerry Washington and Rita Wilson.

Every Single Vote
Funding ballot initiatives to expand vote-by-mail and automatic voter registration.

Civil Discourse

Bridge Alliance
Promoting civility, transparency, effective governance, civic engagement, and a country before party mindset — i.e. all the elements necessary for healthy self-governance in the democratic republic that is the United States.

Civil Conversations Project
Creating a more informed public dialog on issues of race and race relations.

State-Level Exemplars

New Era Colorado
One of the leading voices for young people in Colorado politics and one of the most effective youth civic engagement organizations in the country, bringing about a new era of political engagement for our generation.

New Georgia Project
A nonpartisan effort to register, civically engage, and build power with the New Georgia Majority–the large and growing population of Black, brown, young, and other historically marginalized voters.

Research and Policy

Democracy and the Epistemic Commons
An excellent article from the Consilience Project (12 minute read). 

Brennan Center for Justice
An independent, nonpartisan law and policy organization, that conducts rigorous research to identify problems and provide in-depth empirical findings and compelling analyses of pressing legal and policy issues. They also pioneer and champion policy solutions, such as automatic voter registration and small donor public financing.

Participedia
A global network and crowdsourcing platform for researchers, educators, practitioners, policymakers, activists, and anyone interested in public participation and democratic innovations.