Elections 101

Voter Registration: An Introduction


The difference average constituents can make when they raise their voices and hold their Members of Congress accountable is the core of the Indivisible strategy. In addition to showing up at district offices, town halls and making calls, there is another easy way constituents can hold their MoC accountable—voting! However, before constituents can vote, they have to register.

With nearly 6,000 Indivisible groups, and at least two in every congressional district, imagine the number of voters we can register together. This resources series will cover why we register voters, how to use our new voter registration tool and how to register voters in your community:

WHY DO WE REGISTER VOTERS?

Voter registration is important work that expands the electorate, combats voter suppression, and can even help you grow your group.

HOW DOES THE INDIVISIBLE REGISTRATION TOOL WORK?

Follow easy step-by-step instructions to learn how to use our voter registration tool on your tablet, phone or computer, and start registering voters in your community.

HOW DO I REGISTER VOTERS IN MY COMMUNITY?

Learn the basics of registering voters and planning a voter registration event in your community.

Voter registration is an important first step in Indivisible’s electoral work leading up to 2018. It’s of critical importance to expanding the progressive base—especially in historically marginalized communities—as we look ahead to the midterms. While candidates are still declaring and campaigns are just starting, voter registration is a great way to lay the groundwork for the big year to come, and get some experience with canvassing before races heat up.

Keep in mind, this resource series was designed to be a resource to return to while you’re planning registration events and doing registration. It might even be helpful to print it out and bring it with you to your first voter registration event—use it in whatever way is most helpful for you! As always, feel free to reach out to field@indivisible.org with any questions or thoughts you want to share with our organizing team.

PLEASE NOTE: How you engage in elections depends a lot on your group’s organizational status. This resource series is intended for unincorporated local groups and those spending money under 501(c)(4) tax rules—independently, or through fundraising tools we plan to offer as a 501(c)(4) organization ourselves. We do not recommend you incorporate as a 501(c)(3), as these organizations have serious limitations on their ability to participate in elections.