Voter Registration at Community Health Centers

Community health centers (CHCs) are allowed to participate in voter registration activities, as long as they do so in an unbiased and nonpartisan manner. Below are some tips, tools and resources to help your efforts.

 

Drives and Events

During this very unique time of COVID-19, we understand that voter registration and GOTV drives and events may not look the same as in the past. We also understand that this is an important service, and civic duty, to many. We have created a one-pager below that we hope will be useful in planning an event or drive during this unusual time. We are here to support you. If you would like help planning a drive or event, please contact our staff. We’re here to help!

 

Save Health Care in WA Advocacy Toolkit: Voter Registration Drives and Events

 

Education 

Please find below a number of educational materials you will want to refer to when planning your voter registration or GOTV drive, or event.

 

NACHC Q&A on CHCs and Voter Registration

Elections calendar from WA Secretary of State

Voter registration eligibility in WA state 

Same Day Voter Registration – Effective starting June 30, 2019, people can register to vote or update their voter registration, and cast their vote on election day, but ONLY in an elections office or at a designated voting center. While we do not recommend people wait until the last minute to do this, it is an option for those who need it. People will need to have a valid driver’s license, state ID, or social security number to complete the registration form. Please see above for link for additional voter registration eligibility qualifications.

 

Materials 

Below are a number of materials already created and can serve as a resource to you in advertising your drive or event. You may also create your own materials, as well, adding your CHC’s logo. We have set aside a number of “vote” or “GOTV” images that you can download from our Dropbox by clicking on any of the images you see to the right on this page. If there are other resources that would be helpful to you, please let us know so we can continue to develop this advocacy tool.

 

Register to vote online with WA Secretary of State:  https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx 

Print voter registration forms here to fill out and mail in (23 languages available):  https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/print-voter-registration-forms.aspx

“Register to vote here” signs from WA Secretary of State

County Elections Offices in WA State – Where to mail your completed voter registration forms.

Other Voter Registration and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) sites we like: (all non-partisan)

WA state League of Women Voters – A nonpartisan, volunteer, member-directed organization focused on making sure democracy works, with a focus on voter services, non-partisan information and education, as well as advocacy.

 

When We All Vote – A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to increase participation in every election and close the race and age gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and forming strategic partnerships to reach every American.

 

Vote.org – A nonprofit, nonpartisan voting registration and get out the vote (GOTV) platform whose mission is to use technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy.