Health centers have access to potential voters who are underrepresented in the electoral process. Our position in the community provides the opportunity to be the catalyst for a dramatic increase in civic engagement through legal, permissible, nonpartisan voter engagement activities such as voter registration, voter education, and get-out-the-vote (GOTV)campaigns.
With the November elections looming, many organizations we do not normally think of as hubs for engaging voters are playing an important role in ensuring eligible citizens are able to register. Community health centers are trusted spaces for obtaining health care and are among those entering the realm of voter registration. Health centers can incorporate voter registration into all aspects of their work, beginning with training and educating staff on the importance of registration. With local health centers facilitating the completion of a voter registration form, consumers are empowered to walk out of a health center with their health issues attended to, as well as the tools to participate in the next election.
Important Election Dates and Deadlines in California
Last Day to Register to Vote is October 22, 2018
Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot is October 20, 2018
Voter Registration Resources
Voter Registration benefits our health centers,
patients, and democracy. Health centers reach low-income consumers and
new citizens that many voting campaigns miss. If we don’t register them
to vote, who will? When health centers provide voter registration,
patients are empowered to walk out of a health center with their health
issues attended to, as well as the tools to participate in the next
election. Check out resources below to assist in your health center’s
voter registration efforts.