NETWORK's Voter Registration, Vote-by-Mail, and Text Reminder Tool
Powered by Turbovote, this is an easy to use tool that with a few simple questions will fill out the form for you that you then print and send in. If you are already registered to vote, you can sign up for election related text reminders.
Learn Your State Rules, Find Polling Places/Early Voting Locations
Below you will find links to other organizations that provide detailed and accessible information for voter registration, early in-person voting, vote-by-mail, and absentee ballots regulations in your state.
Reed College Early Voting Information Center Calendar
The Early Voting Information Center (EVIC) is a non-partisan academic research center based at Reed College in Portland, OR. The EVIC Calendar provides state-by-state information on absentee ballots and early in-person voting deadlines and dates. It is up to date and all information is gathered from state Secretary of State webpages and/or state election webpages.
VOTE411 is run by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) and is strictly a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government. VOTE411.org provides a one-stop-shop for election related information including but not limited to absentee ballot information, election dates, ID requirements, registration deadlines, forms, and polling place locations.
U.S. Election Assistance Commission
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) provides their own resources for voters as well. Through the EAC you can access your individual state’s election or Secretary of State’s webpage for state specific information. It also provides resources ranging from a list of social media sites for state elections offices and resources for voters with disabilities.
Nonprofit VOTE partners with U.S. nonprofit organizations to help the people they serve to participate and vote. Their resource webpage provides engaging and useful factsheets, checklists and links for nonprofits to use to motivate and mobilize voters. Any 501(c)(3), that participates in the “I Am a Voter” pledge for a 100% workplace or faith community, may find their factsheets on IRS regulations especially helpful.
ya es hora ¡Ve y Vota!
The ya es hora ¡Ve y Vota! Campaign is the nonpartisan voter engagement segment of the ya es hora civic participation campaign to incorporate Latinos as full participants in the American political process. It provides useful information for all voters, and especially useful information on out rights as voters, state-by-state information for student voters, and break down on Spanish language assistance at polling places by state.
Fair Elections Legal Network
Founded in 2006, the Fair Elections Legal Network is a nonpartisan, voting rights and legal support group which seeks to remove barriers to registration and voting in the U.S. Their resource pages provide one page summation and guides to navigating the regulations to hold voter registration drives and get-out-the-vote campaigns in each state. They are easy to read and very informative. We highly suggest reading your state's one-pager to learn what you might need to do to run a voter registration event in your area!
Nonpartisan, Faith-based Election Resources
Below are resources produced by various faith communities to aid individuals to discern the intersection of faith and politics in the coming election for them.
Sisters of Mercy's 2014 Election Guide
This guide is created by the Institute Justice Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas to assist in engaging with, listening to and reflecting on politicians’ positions in relation to the values and mission of the Sisters of Mercy. It is created as a workbook to allow individuals to take notes when listening to debates, town halls, or any engagements that political candidates speak at this fall. It also provides quick facts and quotes to help frame reflections on candidates leading up to Election Day. Click here for the Sisters of Mercy Election Guide in Spanish.
Does the Bible Tell Me How to Vote? (American Baptist Home Mission Societies)
The American Baptist Home Mission Societies put together this Bible study guide for voters this year. It is meant for people to discern what messages the Bible contains on voting and civic engagement. It is a wonderfully written guide to be used in community or individually. It is not designed to figure out candidate positions, simply as a way for people of faith to reflect upon the Scripture and the duty of citizens
Our Faith, Our Vote (United Church of Christ)
The Our Faith, Our Vote campaign was created by the United Church of Christ (UCC) to engage the progressive faith community in elections. They offer resources for engaging voters and get out the vote resources for faith communities and additional resources for weaving political engagement into worship services. The Our Faith, Our Vote also offers a civility pledge to guide our actions and speech in politics and the election season underpinned by an intentional listening, respect in our speech, and openness to sharing ideas and our understandings.
Nonpartisan Candidate Position Resources (check back often as more resources become available for 2014 midterm elections!)
National Priorities Project Voter's Guides
The National Priorities Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan federal budget research organization that focuses on making the federal budget accessible to the public. They have compiled simple and straightfoward fact sheets on issue areas at stake in this year's election including education, military spending, national debt, healthcare, and more. In addition to the facts and research, each fact sheet includes a few questions to ask congressional candidates for each issue.
Vote Smart is an amazing and interactive tool for tracking your current Representative and Senators in Washington and assisting in discerning positions for candidates currently running in federal elections. Political Galaxy is their interactive tool that allows you look up current incumbents in the House of Representatives and the Senate, pick a policy issue that interests you and then provides you with information on the way they have voted, their speeches, ratings from outsides groups and funding they have received from interest groups dealing with that area of policy. Additionally, Vote Smart plans to have their Vote Easy feature fully live and updated in the beginning of October. Vote Smart does comprehensive research to determine candidates’ positions in your locale’s federal elections. Vote Easy is an interactive tool that asks you quick questions on hot topic issues and helps determine which cadidates are most aligned with your personal opinions. It’s fun and easy to use.