Every One Votes is an initiative to ensure that people who are experiencing homelessness are registered to vote and able to exercise their right to vote. Providers can access resources and tools that provide guidance and strategies to support clients and consumers to register to vote, and to encourage voter turnout.
Why Should Providers Get Involved?
This is Important Work
- Voting is a racial justice issue: Registering and educating people experiencing homelessness about voting and the voting process is a way to reduce this racial disparity.
- COVID-19 has changed the way homeless services operate, and it will affect the way people vote and register to vote. Having service providers assist in this process is critical.
- A vote is a vote: people experiencing homelessness’ voices matter as equally as everyone else’s at the polls.
- Providers can engage in voter registration and get out the vote efforts, but this must be done in a non-partisan way and you must assist everyone equally.
The Three Steps to Supporting Clients’ Right to Vote
Step 1: Develop a Plan
- Appoint a point person or team to learn your state’s requirements and distribute info to clients
- Contact your local or state election office to:
- Learn the eligibility rules, address requirements, and identification requirements for your state
- Determine the process for online and paper form registration
- Learn the registration deadlines and get started ASAP
- Partner with local organizations that provide voter registration
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Step 2: Voter Registration
Register Your Client to Vote
- Engage with your clients about voting, and familiarize yourself with common registration scenarios:
- Client wants to vote, but is unsure of their registration status
- Client is registered but needs to change their information
- Client is registered but has moved permanently to another state
- Assist your client with their registration using online or paper forms
- Contact the local election office regarding any questions related to address requirements
- Help your client attain the proper identification
Gathering the Information Your Clients Will Need
Do’s and Don’ts of Registering Your Client to Vote
Click below to help your client register or check their registration status:
Step 3: Vote
Get Out the Vote
- Engage with your clients early and often, and explore early voting options
- Know the facts on mail-in voting
- Share all relevant info for in-person voting, including:
- Voter rights
- Provisional ballot options
- Precinct locations
- Transportation needs
- ADA regulations for clients with disabilities
- Potential ID requirements
- Social distancing and mask regulations.
- Election protection hotlines (866-Our-Vote)
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The information on our website provides helpful information and guidance regarding voting in the United States, but the information and guidance should not be construed as providing specific legal advice about your right to vote. You should consult with legal counsel and/or local and state election office about specific activities or questions.