Get Out The Vote

Increase voter participation and Get Out The Vote.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud that more than 98 percent of its members are registered voters. Upstate New York Freethinkers’ participants strive to repair the damages to our democracy done by white Christian nationalists. Our local Chapter “gets the vote out” throughout New York State and across the nation with volunteerism making phone calls, text-banking, and sending postcards.

Electioneering Guide for Chapters
Each individual FFRF chapter is its own 501(c)(3) organization. As such, chapters are not permitted to engage in electoral activities, also known as “electioneering.” Under the Internal Revenue Code, all 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate or party for elective public office. To remain in compliance with IRS regulations, our chapter always abides by the steps in Electioneering Guide for Chapters A Step-by-Step Guide to Comply with Federal Rules for FFRF Chapters↗.

We invite U.S. Congresspeople to join our cause and the Congressional Freethought Caucus↗.

Watch for We’re Secular and We vote and We’re Atheist and We Vote campaigns like the one below:

Following are resources to start learning how to get out the vote:

https://www.vote411.org Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a “one-stop-shop” for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on aspects of the voting process. An important component of VOTE411.orgis the polling place locator, which enables users to type in their address and retrieve the poll location for the voting precinct in which that address is located. 

https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page Ballotpedia is a charitable nonprofit organization, not affiliated with any campaigns or candidates for office, that is a leading source of ballot information for voters across the country. Their Sample Ballot Lookup Tool has helped tens of millions of voters understand exactly who and what is on their ballot. They also provide curated content on all levels of U.S. politics, including upcoming election info across the country, that is relevant, reliable, and available for all. 

https://www.rockthevote.org Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. In 1999, Rock the Vote built the first-ever online voter registration tool to make it simpler for young people to vote and their tech team continues  to develop cutting edge civic engagement tools. Rock the Vote’s fully customizable and rigorously tested technology helps to register, educate and mobilize voters.

https://www.vote.org Vote.org is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan voting registration and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) technology platform in America with the goal of increasing voting behavior and reaching historically underserved voters of color and underrepresented young voters. To this end they participate in litigation to help break down barriers to voting. Vote.org also supports efforts to expand voting rights and voter registration efforts in states across the country.

https://www.thecivicscenter.org/ The Civics Center works exclusively for high school students to welcome them to voting and instill a lifelong interest in voting and good citizenship.  A full 40% of high school students do not go on to college. They are often the most marginalized, low-income Americans. To that end, the Civics Center provides free training and easy-to-use resources that enable students, educators, and partners to run twice-yearly voter registration drives in high schools, partner with local organizations, educators, and students in our target districts to hold “huddles,” or days of action. They also welcome volunteers to participate in events to encourage high school students in focus areas to register to vote and vote.