No Voter Left Out or Left Behind
National Voter Education Week Prepares Voters to Meet Historic Moment
UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ — The 2020 election is already historic. We are navigating voting during an unprecedented pandemic, more than one million Americans have already cast their ballots, and more than a third of our electorate plans to vote by mail. Voters are eager to make their voices heard, so our efforts to support and facilitate unfettered access to the ballot box must also be historic.
Following the overwhelming success of National Voter Registration Day, which resulted in over 1.5 million new voter registrations, today nearly 500 partners are coming together to launch National Voter Education Week. This brand new digital week of action and education will equip voters with all of the information they need to become informed, confident, prepared voters. Too often, voter engagement efforts focus on registration and turnout, while skipping the important step of educating voters on the process of voting and the weight of their vote in policy decisions. So, for the first time ever, voting experts, trailblazers in civic technology, nonprofits, election officials, businesses, media, and more are bringing their expertise together under one umbrella to ensure all voters have the information they need to be #VoteReady.
“Voting is one of the most important tools in our democracy. But for too many Americans, particularly new and young voters, knowledge and process barriers keep them from making their voices heard,” said Clarissa Unger, Director of the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, one of the founding members of National Voter Education Week. “This is one of the most important elections in our lifetimes, it’s also one of the most complicated, with existing barriers compounded by a pandemic and relentless misinformation. We are proud to launch National Voter Education Week to offer answers and solutions to new and seasoned voters alike. By the end of the week, we’ll all be #VoteReady!”
Participate in National Voter Education Week October 5-9 by uplifting each day’s call to action. And join us for unique programming each day:
- #VoteReady: Monday, October 5th—Join us for a special screening of Sundance Award-winning film Boys State at 8 p.m. ET.
- #MailReady: Tuesday, October 6th—Head to Reddit/IAmA to ask Vote Early Day anything you want to know about mail-in voting, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET. Or connect on all things early voting with our friends at the Vote at Home Institute at 2 p.m. ET.
- #VotePlanReady: Wednesday, October 7th—Join Yara Shahidi, Andrew Goodman Ambassadors, Campus Vote Project, NAACP, APIAVote, and the SLSV Coalition at 12 p.m. ET as they discuss their vote plans on AGF’s Instagram.
- #BallotReady Thursday, October 8th—Make sure you’re ready to vote all the way down the ticket! Our friends at CAA Foundation, I am a voter, and Nonprofit VOTE will take this conversation local with a Texas-based webinar at 3 p.m. ET.
- #WeReady2020 Friday, October 9th—Closeout the week by leveling up your civic engagement and celebrating democracy! Join us on Twitch for a DJs for Democracy live party hosted by Rock the Vote in the evening!
For more events and information visit VoterEducationWeek.org.
For questions and information, email Steven Galante at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Steering Committee of National Voter Education Week includes: The Andrew Goodman Foundation, APIAVote, BallotReady, the CAA Foundation, the Campus Vote Project, Democracy Works, Election Protection, Facebook, the Fair Elections Center, ideas42, NAACP Youth & College Division, Nonprofit VOTE, National Vote at Home Institute, Rock the Vote, the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, Vote Early Day.
National Voter Education Week (“NVEW”) is a collaborative project led by the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, a project of the National Conference on Citizenship, a 501(c)(3) organization (“NCoC”). NCoC is strictly nonpartisan, and does not support or oppose any candidate or party.