Vote for Change: Host a Voter Registration Event

Welcome to the Voter Registration Event Resource Center. We are asking supporters across the country to plan a voter registration event. The following pages will serve as a guide for planning, executing and wrapping up a successful voter registration event. Thank you for being a part of this movement!

Here are the experiences of a few volunteers who have already been working across the country to register new voters:

Kevin in San Antonio, TX:
We had a great turn out to help register voters. It felt great knowing we were helping others to have a voice in their future. It is very important that we register every voter we can.
Korkie in Westchester, NY:
It really wasn't that 'scary' walking up to complete strangers and asking them if they would like to register to vote...the knowledge that you were participating in a historical drive to get people to register in every state was empowering.
Travis in D.C.:
The stories I heard today, from the old man who was never moved to register until we asked, to the woman who said that we were like, "angels sent from heaven" to help her figure out how to [register], we tried to fulfill our commitment as citizens in a democracy.

Join Barack in building this movement and inspiring hundreds of thousands of new voters to engage in the political process. Use this guide to start planning your own Vote for Change voter registration event.

Before registering voters or creating a voter registration event, please read your state’s legal guidelines.

Step 1: Investigate Local Resources

Prior to creating your game plan, learn your state’s legal guidelines for registering eligible voters.

  • - Visit your state’s page on BarackObama.com and contact your local Obama for America office.
  • -If there is not an office in your area, most of the information you need is already listed online. Check out your local Secretary of State's website to become familiar with your local voter registration guidelines.
  • -Finally, review our general voter registration guidelines. These general rules apply to all voter registration events. Once you are familiar with these, as well as your state’s local guidelines, you are ready to start planning!


Step 2: Determine Event Plan

Create a vision for your event and determine what you need to succeed.

  • -Goals: How many volunteers do you need to help you? How many voters do you want to register?
  • -Location: What is the best place to reach the most people in your community? The best places to do voter registration are places where lots of people gather. Often, they involve a captive audience (classes, people waiting in lines), a stationary audience (athletic events, parks, laundromats), or a moving crowd that is not in a hurry (festivals, community events, campuses). Think of what would work best for your community.


Step 3: Communicate Event and Recruit Volunteers

This is a great opportunity to get more people involved in Senator Obama's grassroots movement--we encourage you to invite your friends and family--and utilize various online resources to reach out to even more supporters.

  • -Take a moment to register your Vote for Change voter registration event online. Registering your event online means you’ll get your own page for your event, be able to send an invite to your friends, track who is planning on attending, and send details and reminders to your attendees. Don’t forget to select Voter Registration Drive as your event type!
  • -Find your local My.BarackObama group and invite members to attend by emailing the group's listserv.
  • -Create your own event flyer and post it at your local coffee shop, grocery store, or library.

We are encouraging all volunteers to complete a 4 hour volunteer shift. Below you will find a sample schedule for a Voter Registration event; this schedule is not set in stone and should serve only as a guide for your event.

Sample Schedule:

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome - Introduce yourself and share why you were inspired to get involved.

10:10 – 10:20 Training

10:30 – 10:45 Volunteers en route to voter registration sites

10:45 – 1:45 Voter Registration

1:45 – 2:00 Volunteers return to staging location to turn in forms and debrief

Remember: Many states place certain restrictions on voter registration drives. Before you begin your Voter Registration Event as a part of the Vote for Change effort, please contact your local Secretary of State's office for more information.

Voter Registration Volunteer Affirmation:
• I agree to represent myself as an unpaid volunteer working to help register voters.
• I agree that I will provide a registration application for anyone who requests one—regardless of party or preference for candidate.
• I agree not to pressure or induce someone to register, nor will I promise or give anything in exchange for a voter registration application.
• I agree to provide only blank registration forms to registrants and to not alter, mark, or make any corrections or revisions to a voter’s registration application.
• I agree that I will conduct all my volunteer voter registration activities in accordance with the applicable state laws.
• I agree that I will contact my local secretary of state or my local county election office before registering voters, and that I will conduct all my volunteer voter registration activities in accordance with the applicable state laws.
• I agree to return all voter registration applications to the proper elections board or to my Obama for America staff representative within 24hrs of receiving a new registration signature.

Report Your Results

Collect all voter registration forms and be sure to follow your state’s procedures to turn them in as soon as possible. Some states have time limits to return the voter registration forms.

Share Your Feedback

How did your Vote for Change voter registration go? Fill out this host feedback form to let us know what worked best and how the process could be improved. Share your ideas for future voter registration event hosts. Write a blog and send your photos to photos@barackobama.com.

Thank your guests.

Send individual thank you emails to all of your guests. Make sure to let everyone know when you will be having another voter registration event and encourage them to help you plan the next event!

Congratulations!

You just helped bring more voters and voices into the political process! Check for more ways you can build this movement! It's people like you that make this campaign for change possible.