Voter Registration by Snail Mail?! Yes, Snail Mail!

September 29th, 2015

We have to admit it: In an age of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—to say nothing of Tumblr, Vine, and Meerkat—some people may think that “snail mail” is nearly as old school as the Pony Express itself.

But when you’re talking about voter registration, home-delivered mail is what works.

VPC Mails 1.4 Million Voter Registration Forms to Americans in 8 States

September 29th, 2015

The Voter Participation Center (VPC) this month is mailing more than 1.4 million registration applications to prospective voters in eight states. The fall mail drop is the first stage of an ambitious campaign to register between 1 million and 1.5 million new voters during the 2016 presidential election season. In partnership with key national and state-based allies, VPC is providing eligible Americans a fast and easy way to participate in our democracy.

Ways to spread the word about National Voter Registration Day

September 21st, 2015

The American electorate has changed and today members of the Rising American Electorate—millennials, people of color, and unmarried women—represent close to 57 percent of the voting-eligible population and have the opportunity to impact election outcomes up and down the ballot in 2016… if they show up at the polls.

It is crucial that our nation’s policies reflect who America is today and we’re counting on you to help us make this year’s National Voter Registration Day a success.

Why Tomorrow May Be the Most Important National Voter Registration Day Ever

September 21st, 2015

Ever since we started the Voter Participation Center more than a decade ago, we’ve honored National Voter Registration Day. It’s always been an important day for us, but never more so than this year. That’s because in 2016, for the first time ever, people of color, young Americans and unmarried women will likely cast over […]

Reaching the “Invisible” Americans

August 27th, 2015

At least 11 percent of adult American citizens are “unlisted” and do not appear on voter registration lists or consumer data lists, according to a new study (PDF) by the Stanford University political science department. The study reports that about 20 percent of African Americans and Hispanics are unlisted, compared to just 8 percent of […]

Page Gardner: How Unmarried American Women Can Change The World

August 18th, 2015

What would Susan B. Anthony and her fellow suffragettes think if they knew that close to 40 percent of unmarried women weren’t even registered to vote at the start of the last presidential election? On August 18, 1920, a state legislator from Tennessee cast the deciding vote to ratify the 19thAmendment. More than 144 years […]

Remembering Julian Bond

August 16th, 2015

Julian Bond was a lifetime champion of civil rights. As the co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, to his leadership of the NAACP, he was a brave and effective defender of civil and human rights for all. In 1971 he co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, which today honored his service […]

Texas Voter ID Law: Worse than we Thought

August 11th, 2015

This study of the effects of voter ID laws from researchers at Rice University and the University of Houston is incredibly important news for those of us who are fighting for voting rights—particularly coming on the heels of last week’s 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act. The researchers surveyed 2014 non-voters […]

50 Years Later, Let’s Renew the Voting Rights Act

August 6th, 2015

On March 15, 1965, just eight days after the Bloody Sunday massacre in Selma, President Lyndon Johnson spoke to a joint session of Congress to press for passage of the Voting Rights Bill. Invoking the “cries of pain” of the peaceful protestors as they were “brutally assaulted,” LBJ urged lawmakers to pass the bill quickly. […]


July 16th, 2015

“VPC DATA CENTER” PROVIDES FRESH ANALYSIS AND SHAREABLE GRAPHICS ON UNMARRIED WOMEN, THE FAST-GROWING VOTING BLOC THAT IS CHANGING THE ELECTORAL MAP The Voter Participation Center today launched the VPC Data Center, a timely website that aggregates the latest data and research on the social, economic and political lives of unmarried women. There have never […]