Election Day is approaching. Are you ready to cast your vote? A considerable number of potential voters in the U.S. miss their chance to take part in elections because they aren’t registered. Roughly 65 percent of the voting age population in the U.S. was registered to vote in 2012, according to the Census Bureau.
There’s definitely room for improvement there, and advocates for civic engagement work to increase that percentage each year on National Voter Registration Day (which falls on September 27 this year). Participating organizations will work to raise awareness of voter registration opportunities and reduce the number of people who don’t end up voting because they either miss the deadline or don’t know how to register.
If you’re interested in taking part in National Voter Registration Day efforts, hosting an event is a great way to contribute. The following five tips can help you organize a successful voter registration drive.
1. Decide on the details first.
Before you move forward with your event planning, you’ll need to decide on the date, time, and location of your voter registration drive, according to the nonprofit Rock the Vote. Consider your target audience and where they gather at different times of the day. You might want to catch them while they’re waiting in line to get into a popular bar, or you could set up a table at a sporting event or festival.
2. Assemble a team of volunteers to help you.
Let your coworkers and friends know about your event and see if they want to help out. More volunteers will mean more registered voters at the end of the day, Rock the Vote states. You can also post your event on social media sites like Facebook to recruit people to pitch in.
3. Research voter registration laws.
Before your event, it’s crucial to research federal, state, and local voter registration laws, according to the League of Women Voters. You should also make sure all of your volunteers are familiar with the laws as well. If you need guidance, reach out to your local elections office. The Fair Elections Legal Network also offers information about registration and voting in each state.
4. Promote, promote, promote.
Your event will be more successful if you publicize it beforehand. Post about it on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks to get the word out, Rock the Vote suggests. It also helps to reach out to local media outlets (e.g., newspapers and radio stations) to see if they’ll cover your registration drive.
5. Order customized woven lanyards.
Custom lanyards paired with event passes can help create a sense of unity among your volunteers and energize your team members to work toward their registration goals. Additionally, customized woven lanyards can serve as a reminder of your accomplishments after the drive is over. You could also offer lanyards as a giveaway to people who register to vote.
Ultimately, with the right amount of planning and effort, you can make a difference by getting more U.S. citizens engaged in the democratic process. If you’d like to order lanyards for a voter registration drive, our team at Woven Lanyards can provide you with full color 100% customizable lanyards with a unique and memorable design. To learn more, contact us today at (847) 424-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.