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Getting Voters Interested in Local Elections
February 23 @ 2:00 pm
Getting voters’ attention outside of national elections can be a challenge. For voters, it’s especially difficult to keep track of dates or races that happen in the spring, such as primaries, special elections, and some key local elections. Cities have elected mayors with single digit turnout and seen town council, school board, and other seats that intimately shape communities decided by a single vote. The voices of people who are served by or work for nonprofits are less likely to be represented at the ballot box, but ahead of a local election your organization has outsized power to increase their turnout. Your outreach may be the only election-related contact they receive this year, especially if they are newer or less consistent voters.
So how do you build interest among voters? Education is critical for voters to feel prepared and take action. In this one-hour session, we’ll be joined by leaders from League of Women Voters of Chicago and Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing (EXPO) Wisconsin who will share their strategies for engaging voters in local and off-cycle elections. If you want to learn more about candidate forums, this is a can’t-miss webinar.
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