Tell Them You Plan to Vote

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September 14, 2012

Tips for increasing voter turnout.

We've all heard the statistics. Young people don't vote. High percentages of registered voters fail to show up to the polls. With so many issues on the ballot that will impact education, what can we do to increase the numbers of parents at the polls? Here are nine tips to mobilize the voters around you.

  1. Use Facebook to tell your friends that you plan to vote. A new study revealed that people were influenced by the voting behaviors of their close friends.
  2. Bring a friend or neighbor with you to the polls, especially someone who needs help getting there.
  3. Talk through your plan to vote on Election Day and ask other people about their plans. Too often people fail to vote because they fail to plan. Families with busy schedules leave voting until the last minute and then they forget or run out of time.
  4. Encourage people to register to vote-by-mail. This gives voters time to work on their ballot and they can mail it in early or drop it off at their polling place on Election Day.
  5. Emphasize who IS voting instead of complaining about who ISN'T. People are more likely to stay home on Election Day when they hear about low voter turnout. In fact, voter turnout for presidential elections has actually been steadily increasing since 1996.
  6. School leaders must stay nonpartisan, but they can provide information about voter registration deadlines or link to their County's voter registration page.
  7. You can't vote if you're not registered. September 25th is National Voter Registration Day. Join or host a voter registration event. It's not too late.
  8. Provide nonpartisan voter information to educate voters about the upcoming election. The League of Women Voters has a nonpartisan resource called the Easy Voter Guide. You can share the PDF of this booklet or purchase hardcopies at a low price. The guide is "a handy educational tool for new and busy voters" and is available in several languages. When voters have information, they are more likely to cast a ballot.
  9. Take a look at our CIVICS page to find out how your schools can have a powerful impact on the families you serve by engaging them in the ultimate civic act: voting. Rally your whole school community with easy-to-use resources.