The Importance of Voter Registration

Voting is a critical right available to all citizens. Unfortunately, the rate of voter registration among people who receive services from nonprofit organizations is lower than the rate among the general public. According to Nonprofit VOTE, a nonpartisan group that partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote, nonprofits disproportionately reach individuals who are younger, lower-income, and more diverse than the general public—groups that historically participate at lower rates. Registering and helping people vote is one way to further empower the people we serve. Moreover, voting is associated with a host of positive benefits. Compared to non-voters, voters are more likely to volunteer, contact their elected officials, and stay informed about local affairs. They are more likely to contribute to their neighborhood’s “social capital” and live in communities where neighbors are in contact with one another. Being a voter is associated with better health outcomes, reduced unemployment,lower recidivism rates and the like. This is why CHD is proud to partner with Nonprofit VOTE and the Massachusetts Provider Council to encourage voter registration among our staff and clients. This nonpartisan effort will begin this summer and continue through the fall.

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