National Voter Registration Day is coming up on September 20, 2022! This nonpartisan civic holiday has been celebrating our democracy since 2012. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise. According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline (Kentucky's registration deadline is October 11 at 4pm), don't update their registration, or aren't sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure EVERYONE has the opportunity to vote. Help Kentucky get #VoteReady on September 20!
Sign up here to be a National Voter Registration Day partner and spread the word to your community about voter registration! And join us for our Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 1 to learn more about this initiative and how your nonprofit can get involved.
Nonprofits CAN effectively engage in nonpartisan election activites and maintain their tax-exempt status. Click here to download a free webinar recording on the Do's and Don'ts of Election Activity for Kentucky Nonprofits.
And join us for our Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 1. Guests from both Nonprofit VOTE and the League of Women Voters will join us to share all that you need to know about National Voter Registration Day (above), Nonprofit Staff Vote (below), and important reminders about upcoming Kentucky elections.
Nonprofit Staff Vote is a joint campaign, hosted by Nonprofit VOTE, that aims to encourage nonprofit employers to offer employees paid time off to vote on or before Election Day. Currently, in Kentucky, all employers are required to provide their staff time off to vote; however it does not have to be paid. We know that not being able to take time off to vote (or not being aware of "time off to vote" policies) can be a barrier for potential voters. Offering unpaid time off to vote is better than nothing (and it is required in Kentucky), but it makes employees choose between voting and their paycheck.
Nonprofits can make a difference by leading with policies that ensure all of their employees have access to the ballot box. In addition to publicizing election deadlines, helping voters make a plan, and encouraging folks to vote, making sure they are aware of your "time off to vote" policies can be key. You may also consider including early voting in your policy to help alleviate long lines at the polls on Election Day.
Want to join KNN and other partners in committing to offer your employees paid time off to vote? Or want to commit to working toward this goal in the future? Click here to sign on as a Nonprofit Staff Vote partner! And join us for our Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 1 to learn more about this initiative and how your nonprofit can get involved.