Eventbrite is turning ticket sales into voter registration drives

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The next time you sign up for an event, Eventbrite might help make sure you’re registered to vote in November. The events platform Eventbrite wants to do its part to get people signed up to vote before November. So starting today, it will let event creators offer invitees a way to register to vote, with the help of the nonpartisan voter registration group HeadCount . Read Full Story

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What’s wrong with Facebook’s plan to sign up 4 million voters

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Facebook has launched the largest voter registration effort in history. But this isn’t just any election season—and Facebook isn’t just any get-out-the-vote campaigner. Starting Friday, everyone who’s voting age on Facebook in the U.S. will be part of one of the biggest-ever experiments in democracy: a reminder will appear at the top of their feed with more information about how to register to vote online or in person. Read Full Story

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Snap has registered 750,000 people to vote in 2020. Here’s its plan to keep going

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Teaming up with artist Mark Bradford, Snapchat wants to boost its voter registration numbers even higher. 2020 is poised to be the most important election of our lifetime, and it’s happening during a pandemic—taking the normal tools of stump speeches, rallies, and voter registration drives out of the mix. But where those analog traditions have gone by the wayside, new digital ones are taking their place. Read Full Story

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It’s National Voter Registration Day: Here’s what that means

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This year’s presidential and congressional elections may be the most important in our lifetimes. Don’t miss your chance to have your say. This year’s election is a bad one to miss because of something as trivial as forgetting to register to vote. And yet many millions of people miss out on the chance to vote every election for that very reason. Sixty percent of eligible voters never get asked to register. That’s part of the reason for National Voter Registration Day —to remind people to register to vote, or to update their registration. Read Full Story

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Are you registered to vote? Your deadline is today if you live in one of these states

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HeadCount, which registers voters with help from high-powered celebrities like Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Billie Eilish, says time is running out. Bad news for procrastinators: Registration deadlines to vote in the 2020 presidential election are arriving this week for large swaths of the country. According to the nonprofit group HeadCount, federal mail-in registration deadlines for a dozen states are Monday, October 5, with more deadlines to come throughout the week. Read Full Story

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Here’s a simple way to increase voter registration: Have landlords give new renters the forms

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Moving to a new apartment is a key time when voters fall of the registration rolls. But since you’re already filling out a lot of paperwork, why not one more? Moving into a new apartment comes with a lot of paperwork: the lease, proof of income and identification, tax returns. What if, when your landlord hands over all those documents, they also included a voter registration form, so you can make sure you’re registered to vote at your new address? Read Full Story

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How to volunteer to help the Georgia Senate runoffs: 12 things you can do for voter outreach right now

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These pivotal races may well come down to how many local voters get registered between now and the voter registration deadline. The next four years of American government function depend on the outcome of two runoff elections for Georgia’s Senate seats, and the race may well come down to how many local voters get registered between now and the December 7 voter registration deadline. Read Full Story

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These behavioral science tweaks could boost voter turnout during a pandemic election (even if it’s voting by mail)

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This organization found little ways to help increase midterm voter turnout in 2018. Next up: a 2020 election in a pandemic. Fears of voter suppression are firmly in the minds of many Americans in the lead-up to 2020, especially following the April primary election in Wisconsin when the Supreme Court refused to allow the state to make changes to its voting process, forcing 450,000 people to turn out in person during the height of a global pandemic and preventing an untold number of people from voting at all because they decided to stay home. Still, intentional suppression is just one of many reasons people don’t cast ballots. There are also unintentional barriers, such as complex or outdated registration systems, as well as lack of motivation or know-how on the part of voters. Read Full Story

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These philanthropists are donating 1% of their net worth to expand and protect the vote

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$40 million is already being distributed to national, state and local organizations. Philanthropists are assembling significant sums to expand and protect voting rights ahead of an uncertain 2020 election. These benefactors have volunteered to donate at least 1% of their net worth or assets to invest in solidifying the infrastructure to help increase voter registration and turnout, defeat anti-voter suppression, and finance efforts relating to lawsuits that may spring up around mail-in voting. They’ll assist in infusing enthusiasm into young people and communities of color to turn out, and in protecting post offices and making sure polling places are effectively manned. As of August 27, the fund has reached $40 million of an ultimate goal of $100 million. Read Full Story

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‘Track your ballot like a package’: How technology will smooth the way for November’s mail-in ballot surge

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As many states are rushing to implement new systems to protect voters from COVID-19 exposure, they’re turning to systems to help ensure people’s access to the ballot doesn’t get lost in the mail. As part of a string of voting laws signed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in mid-April, the state became the 34th in the country whose residents may vote by mail without having to prove that they couldn’t vote in person. Of the remaining 16 states that don’t grant that right, governors and election officials in 11 allowed exceptions during the primaries on account of the pandemic—and if the coronavirus is still lingering in November, might be expected to continue those exceptions. Read Full Story

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Can I still register to vote? What to know about same-day registration and states that offer it

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Election Day 2020 is upon us. Did you forget to register? It’s not too late in some states, including critical swing states that could tip the race. As we head into the final weekend before the 2020 election, it’s safe to say that many, many Americans are just waking up to the fact that—for whatever reason—they are not registered to vote. Perhaps they have procrastinated, or have tuned out the news, or have been working extra hard and simply missed the deadline. Read Full Story

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