3. Participate in the General Election on November 7! It's important that you vote in your state and local races, and don't forget about ballot initiatives and levys!
Oct 9 - Deadline to register by mail or online, or update your registration for General Election
Oct 30 - Last day for in-person voter registration for General Election
Nov 7 - GENERAL ELECTION
4. Take it to the next level!
- Be a volunteer: Help us phone bank or door-knock housing voters in support of specific candidates or measures, register voters, and encourage voter turnout. Sign up for upcoming volunteer shifts or contact email@example.com.
The Action Fund works to support organizations and partners to empower every eligible housing resident and community member experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity to register to vote and further engage in civic opportunities.
- Attend a candidates forum: Elevate affordable homes and an end to homelessness in this year's election. Put your questions to the candidates, find out more about how they plan to tackle these urgent issues, and be an informed voter. Check out the sidebar for more information.
The Bottom Line
Advocating for affordable housing and an end to homelessness is most effective when community members who care about and are impacted by these issues are active and regular voters.
Candidates know which communities are engaged in the voting process and which are not. The more an organized community votes, the higher a priority they become once a candidate is in elected office.
Historically, community members experiencing homelessness, and those living in low-income housing do not vote, in part because of systemic barriers, and in part because they are not encouraged to participate, or don't know where to start.
Housing residents and community members experiencing homelessness are directly impacted by the decisions made in Olympia, and it's time their voices are heard loud and clear.
Be a Housing Voter
Registering housing residents and community members experiencing homelessness to vote empowers those community members to influence the decisions that directly impact their lives.
Increasing the number of homeless and housing community members who vote strengthens advocacy efforts locally and in Olympia.
Nonprofits are empowered by the law to participate in specific civic engagement efforts, including voter registration.
The Housing Action Fund can work with member organizations and partners to create Voter Engagement Plans, individualized strategies for increasing registered voters in your community. Voter Engagement Plans have the following components:
1. Voter Registration and Engagement
- Register new voters
- Update voter registrations
- Educate community members about their voting rights
- Support the Housing Action Fund’s door knocking efforts at one or more residential properties
2. Pledge to Vote Postcard Campaign
Secure pledge-to-vote cards from housing community members who are registered to vote to demonstrate to elected officials that these communities are engaged and care about the issues - particularly policy decisions impacting housing and homelessness.
3. Get Out the Vote (GOTV)
GOTV engages newly registered voters and lapsed voters to vote and mail in their ballots.
Reminders: email, postcard, signage, etc.
Events: ballot parties, phonebanks, community canvasses, etc.
To create a Voter Engagement Plan for your organization, contact Teresa Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.