You Don’t Need a Home to Vote!
An essential aspect of the National HCH Council’s mission is empowerment. Persons experiencing homelessness have been disempowered in many ways, including at the ballot box. It is consistent with our roles as service providers and advocates to encourage and facilitate voter registration, education, and engagement. It is entirely legal and in fact encouraged in law for nonprofits to register historically disenfanchised groups.
Voter registration has always been important, but has taken on a new urgency in recent months. In many states, the barriers to voting inherent in the experience of homelessness have increased due to new identification, citizenship, and other requirements to exercise the vote. These new requirements may serve to further disenfranchise those we serve. The only remedy for these new restrictions is education and action.
This widget (provided by Vote411) is a fully functional database of state and jurisdiction specific information about ballots, voting laws, polling places and more. Just enter in your information and it will do the rest of the work for you. Additionally, there are many other resources available below from nonpartisan, partner organizations. Use these to integrate voter registration and engagement activities into the work of your project and invite Consumer Advisory Boards or other consumer groups to join in the effort.
- National Health Care for the Homeless Council Voter Registration Webinar: You Don’t Need a Home to Vote!
- National Health Care for the Homeless Council Voter Registration and Engagement Slides
- National Health Care for the Homeless Council Voting Rights Slides
- National Coalition for the Homeless: 2012 Voter Registration Manual
- National Consumer Advisory Board: Enfranchising Homeless Clients
- Community Health Vote
- Nonprofit Vote
- Alliance for Justice