The rise of mail-in voting in Georgia

By: Kayla Smith, Deputy Director, Partnerships & Government Relations | Civic Nation

Last year, COVID-19 upended every facet of life and the act of voting was no exception. From the onset of the pandemic, voting rights experts began advocating for changes that would allow voters to register and cast their ballots safely and fairly in November. During the 2020 primaries, we watched as voters waited in long lines and states received an influx of absentee ballot requests, along with experiencing other technology issues. Despite the challenges we faced during the primaries, it was clear that the safest and most secure way to vote during the…


How We Addressed Voter Registration and Food Insecurity Challenges During the Pandemic

By Kayla Smith, Northeast Regional Director

It’s clear that the 2020 election cycle was historic for a number of reasons. COVID-19 has affected nearly every facet of our lives, including voting. But in 2020, nearly 100 million Americans voted early and we witnessed record-breaking voter turnout — especially among young people and people of color. When We All Vote’s Civic Cities program helped guide cities to make voting accessible and increase voter participation. …


Highlights and key learnings in the 2020 Election Cycle

By Andrew Klutey, Anthony Galace and Sam Gonzalez, When We All Vote Regional Organizing Managers

In the 2020 election, nearly 67% of eligible voters, a total of 161 million people turned out to vote — the highest since 1900. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the midst of a national reckoning on racial injustice, Americans came out in historic numbers to make their voices heard, and young people and people of color were crucial in driving this record-shattering turnout.

To say that 2020 challenged the way we think about organizing would…


How We Helped Increase Voter Participation & Change the Culture Around Voting in 2020

We didn’t reinvent the digital organizing wheel, revolutionize livestreams, or pioneer the meme. However, when the pandemic hit, we shifted quickly from digital-first to an almost exclusively digital-only strategy using all the tools at our disposal to listen to the needs of young people and people of color, meet them where they are online, and provide accurate and accessible voter information with no pretense.

This meant not only using every digital tool for both organizing and information sharing — TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, digital ads, email, broadcast SMS, and peer-to-peer texting — but investing in digital from the top…


By: Aaron Buchner, Research Director

Aaron Buchner, Research Director at When We All Vote

I’m Aaron, and I’m the Research Director at When We All Vote. This basically means that I lead on making sure all of our information about deadlines, registration, and voting is correct, and that we’re doing everything we can to protect the voting rights of people across the country. I’ll be answering student questions about voting and voter registration leading up to Election Day as a part of a new series we’re calling Ask Aaron. …


By Bobby Brady-Sharp, Organizing Director

As an organization on a mission to increase voter participation, close the voter race and age gap, and shift the culture around voting, we know the best place to reach voters is where they already are. Whether you’re scrolling through Instagram, watching your favorite basketball team on TV, or playing video games with friends, our goal is to make voting resources as easy and accessible to you in as many spaces as possible. …


By: Irene Franco Rubio, My School Votes National Regional Organizer

Photo Source: Irene Franco Rubio

This year, one in ten eligible voters will be between the ages of 18 and 23. Young people have the power to decide this election if we all show up. Amid the uncertainty and pressure we face with such high stakes, the youth vote truly has the power to shape the outcome of the 2020 elections on a local, state and federal level — from your local school board to the state senate.

In 2018, only 31% of eligible voters ages 18–29 voted in the midterm elections. Despite the obstacles…


By: Irene Franco Rubio, My School Votes National Regional Organizer

Photo Source: Irene Franco Rubio

In honor of Latinx Heritage Month and National Voter Registration Week of Action, our My School Votes Arizona team is hard at work making sure every eligible voter can make their voice heard. Whether it’s volunteering during a drive-thru food distribution event or partnering with local Latinx community organizations to get out the youth vote, our My School Vote Arizona students highlight the vital Latinx work being done in a predominantly Spanish-speaking community.

Here’s how you can get involved with My School Votes.

Follow these 5 steps to join the…


By: My School Votes Student Ambassadors

Over 3 million students will turn 18 this year and are eligible to register to vote, but only 23% of eligible voters under 20 years old cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections.

We, as young people, are leading the movement for change and are not waiting for others to take action. We’re proudly connecting, collaborating, and mobilizing our communities to get registered and ready to vote through When We All Vote’s My School Votes initiative.

My School Votes is made up of young student leaders from across the country with the goal of getting every eligible high school student…


Mayor Nan Whaley (Dayton, OH) and Mayor Victoria Woodards (Tacoma, WA)

This week, When We All Vote launched a new initiative — the When All Women Vote Week of Action in partnership with the United State of Women — with a goal to help register women voters and share how all of us can bolster voter participation. And while we are celebrating 100 years since the 19th Amendment passed, which gave some women the right to vote in the United States — it took decades until all women, specifically women of color, were able to exercise their right to vote…

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