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The Year in Review

December 16, 2014

end-of-year-wu2014 has been a year full of building and re-building. This year, many of the seeds that the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) has long been planting have started to grow and blossom. We’ve also had time to take a careful, deep look at one of our longest standing programs, to make it stronger and healthier.

In 2012-13 we undertook a large research project to understand how family physicians trained in uterine aspiration for abortion care were using their skills to treat miscarriage. We conducted in-depth interviews and fielded a large national survey. We analyzed the data and learned about the barriers and enablers primary care clinicians face in providing miscarriage care. This year, we took what we learned through our research and developed a new project, The Miscarriage Care Initiative, to support integration of comprehensive miscarriage care in primary care. We are working with 5 clinicians in 4 states, providing them with the supports we know help and knocking down the barriers we learned exist. We hope, by this time next year, to have fully integrated miscarriage care into 5 community health centers and 4 family medicine residency programs. The impact of this work is significant. By supporting these 5 clinicians, we will have developed the capacity to train 120 family medicine residents in miscarriage care every year.

One of the things that makes RHAP unique is that we are led by a team of experienced clinical educators. We take teaching seriously and strive to develop hands-on clinical education experiences that not only educate but also inspire. One of RHAP’s strategic goals has been to develop a regional training center in reproductive health care. This September, we got our start. In partnership with the Institute for Family Health and with funding support from the New York City Department of Health and Hygiene, we started the Hands-on Reproductive Health Training Center. Through this initiative we are providing intensive, hands-on training to competency in IUD and contraceptive implant insertion and removal. The clinicians we train work in community health clinics throughout New York City. We have already, in the first 4 months of the project, trained 6 clinicians (a pediatrician, a physician assistant, a family physician and 3 nurse practitioners).

This year we also took a deep look at our Family Medicine Reproductive Health Network, a national organizing project aimed at supporting family physicians to provide abortion care as part of their practice. Over the past 7 years the Network has grown to over 600 members across 38 states and Washington, DC. Starting this past spring, we began a process to identify which strategies have been most successful at building the Network and expanding access to abortion care. Over the summer we poured over our Network rosters–cataloging connections and assessing engagement. We spent time this fall geographically mapping the Network. We created maps that helped us identify cities/regions where Network members are clustered and used that information to inform where we should be focusing our efforts. We found that while we are smartly investing our energies in working on the ground in NJ, NY, MA and RI, there are many more areas across the country where we have the potential to work more actively at the local/state level. We identified key elements needed to create active, engaged local Networks. We also identified several potential organizations to partner with as we expand and re-form the Network in more places across the country. Using what we learned through this reflective process, we created a multi-year plan to re-invigorate and strengthen our Network. We’ll be launching our plan in January 2015.

We are proud of the work we accomplished in 2014 and look forward to what is to come in 2015! Stay tuned.

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#GivingTuesday Recap

December 11, 2014

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Stephanie, Jasmine, and Rosann pose for an #UNselfie picture

On December 2, 2014 the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) participated in #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is, in many ways, an antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It was founded five years ago by the 92 Street Y as a way to kick off the annual giving season. After an incredibly successful first year, they teamed up with the United Nations Foundation to turn #GivingTuesday into a national day to celebrate and support charitable organizations.

RHAP participated in #GivingTuesday for the first time last year. Several generous donors stepped forward and created a 2-for-1 match for all donations made on #GivingTuesday, up to $1,000. The match inspired dozens of people to give and RHAP ended up raising over $3,000–in just one day!

This year on #GivingTuesday we received a $3,000 match from a group of clinicians in our our Family Medicine Reproductive Health Network. The Network is a group of over 600 primary care clinicians who are providing abortion, contraception and miscarriage to people in the United States with the least access to what should be basic healthcare. We are so grateful that these generous Network members stepped forward to create this $3,000 match.

On #GivingTuesday we sent an email to everyone on our mailing list, asking them to help us reach our goal of raising $3,000 in one day. We posted photos and updates on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day–including our own #UNselfie picture. Dozens of people made donations to RHAP on #GivingTuesday and by midnight we had hit our goal of raising $3,000!

Between the matching donor pool and donations made on December 2nd we raised over $6,000 to support RHAP’s work on #GivingTuesday. All of us at RHAP are so thankful for our amazing supporters. We have big plans for 2015 and will keep you posted on our efforts to increase access to abortion, contraception and miscarriage care.

 

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Midterm Elections 2014: GOTV Round-Up

November 13, 2014

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Answering questions & registering voters in Union Square, NYC

The Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) launched its first-ever Get Out the Vote Campaign (GOTV) leading up to the 2014 midterms, a crucial election for reproductive rights. Our efforts began in September with the launch of our GOTV webpage which featured voter registration, information on ballot measures and national and state pro-choice voter guides. Our campaign message was simple: register. learn. vote.

National Voter Registration Day was on September 23rd and RHAP tabled in Union Square, registering over 55 voters! Our V to Shining V event on September 27th was an empowering space for celebrating reproductive rights and raising awareness through comedy, games and story sharing. Meanwhile we kept our virtual followers informed with blog posts, emails and reminders via social media. We are so grateful to all of our amazing supporters, volunteers, staff and friends who helped make our inaugural GOTV campaign possible!

It’s been one week since the Midterm Elections and there are clear signs that voters support reproductive health rights. In Colorado, voters shot down Personhood Amendment 67, which would have recognized a fetus or zygote as a person in the Colorado Criminal Code and Wrongful Death Act. Voters in North Dakota rejected the “Life Begins at Conception” Amendment, which could have effectively banned abortion in the state. These are major victories for Colorado and North Dakota women, but unfortunately may be countered by the election of more anti-choice representatives in both states during the midterms.

Amendment 1 passed in Tennessee; the State Constitution now reads that abortion is not a “fundamental right”. Elected state representatives will have “the power to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.” Amendment 1 squeaked by with a very small margin indicating that while there is a long road ahead for Tennessee, reproductive health advocates can win this battle.

In more encouraging ballot measure news, Oregon passed Measure 89 (The Equal Rights Amendment), amending the State Constitution to ensure that no state or political entity can infringe upon or deny a woman of her rights, privileges or immunity due to her sex. And Illinois voters said “yes” to a question advising state legislators to require birth control to be covered in prescription drug coverage health insurance plans.

This year marks what may become a notable shift in conservative political views on reproductive health rights. Despite having no past record of backing pro-choice legislation, many anti-abortion candidates seemed to switch their views. However, it remains to be seen whether these newly elected officials will maintain their more moderate stances moving forward.

In this election, women and reproductive justice allies made it clear that supporting reproductive rights is a priority; it is now up to us to hold our legislators accountable to their promises. Undoubtedly, the work of dedicated and passionate voters across the country led to these successes—and there’s no stopping until everyone has access to safe and legal reproductive health care!

Thank you so much for all of your support and you can be sure we’ll re-launch our GOTV efforts again in 2016!

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World Vasectomy Day: focus on a provider

November 7, 2014

millerMeet Sarah Miller, MD, MPH, Associate Fellowship Director at the Institute for Family Health and faculty at the Institute for Family Health’s Harlem Residency. She is a family doctor, reproductive health specialist, vasectomist, activist and educator. In celebration of World Vasectomy Day today, we asked Dr. Miller to share her thoughts on vasectomies, family medicine and reproductive health.

“On my journey into medicine it became clear to me that I needed to provide all basic health care to men, women, children and families—so I chose family medicine. Although reproductive health is a basic health care need, it’s not always covered in the normal training to become a family doctor. In order to provide full spectrum family planning in the primary care setting—in order to set up that system—I had to specialize.

Despite my years of residency and fellowship training focused on family planning and reproductive health, something was missing in my work as a family planning specialist. I found that men were not routinely part of the population that was being addressed in family planning. So I traveled to Florida, Quebec City and the Philippines in order to be trained as a vasectomy provider.

Men should be a part of the discussion around reproductive health care. Involving men in the conversation levels the playing field by making reproductive health not just a women’s issue. Today we celebrate World Vasectomy Day, a day to bring awareness to vasectomies and involving men in reproductive health. It’s also a day when many men can get free counseling on birth control and discounted procedures.

I enjoy being a reproductive health provider because respectfully and professionally addressing patients’ sexual and reproductive health needs is both basic and fundamental and at the same time revolutionary. Because no matter what stage of life a person is in, no matter their gender or age, they have sexual and reproductive health needs. Think about what it is that is important to our sense of self as humans—our connections, our bodies, our families, our children, our independence—these are all integral to our reproductive lives.

Unfortunately, the stigma we put on sexuality, on birth control, on women and their bodies, on men seeking family planning, on abortion, on genitalia and so on, leads to many layers of barriers to addressing reproductive health—not to mention all those crazy laws! There is so much satisfaction in being able to meet my patients’ most basic human needs, while also fighting the fight to subvert the societal pressures that lead to shame, holes in healthcare norms, and horrible, unhealthy laws that interfere with our patients lives, health and sense of dignity.”

For more info on vasectomies visit WorldVasectomyDay.org and RHAP’s vasectomy resources page.

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Improving Access to Miscarriage Care

October 15, 2014

logo_mcfAbout 15-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Miscarriage can be a difficult experience for many women, as our medical director Linda Prine, MD discussed in her recent blog post. In honor of national Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on October 15th we would like to share our recent work on miscarriage care.

Studies have shown that when women are actively involved in deciding how to treat their miscarriage they have better health outcomes. The Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) is committed to improving access to all three forms of miscarriage care. In the past year we have done this through expanding our miscarriage training and research efforts.

In September RHAP selected our first cohort of Miscarriage Care Initiative (MCI) grantees. These five family physicians will receive intensive support from RHAP over the next year to integrate and expand miscarriage treatment in their primary practices.

The 2014-2015 grantees are:

Joey Banks, MD – Dr. Banks is a community preceptor at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana and is a family physician at Blue Mountain Clinic in Missoula, Montana. Her goal is to integrate miscarriage care into the residency program, including at the residency’s community health center.

Erin Hendriks, MD – Dr. Hendriks is faculty at the Wayne State/Sinai Grace Family Medicine Residency Program and is the Director of Women’s Health at the Thea Bowman Community Health Center in Detroit, Michigan. Her goal is to integrate medication and MVA for miscarriage management into her community health center and residency program.

Kristen Miranda, MD – Dr. Miranda is a provider at Clinica Alta Vista/La Clinica de la Raza community health center in Oakland, CA. She plans to offer medication and MVA for miscarriage management at her clinic and to be a referral source for the larger network of her community health center.

Glenda Rios, MD – Dr. Rios is faculty at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She has also been a provider at Mile Square Health system, a network of community health centers, for over 15 years. Dr. Rios is using the grant to offer medication and MVA for miscarriage management at her health center.

Tabatha Wells, MD – Dr. Wells is faculty at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine and a provider at SIU Center for Family Medicine, a community health center in Springfield, IL. She plans to provide medication and MVA for miscarriage at her health center and help other staff at her site gain MVA skills as well.

Stay tuned for more updates on our MCI grantees. And soon RHAP will share information on our recent research on miscarriage care access in primary care.

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Reproductive justice ballot initiatives 2014

October 9, 2014

snowflake (2)The primaries are over and the candidates confirmed—now it’s time to really focus on the issues! As we’ve mentioned before, there’s a great deal at stake in the 2014 midterm elections, not least around issues of reproductive justice and women’s health. More specifically, three states have ballot measures that severely limit access to abortion care. If you live or vote in Colorado, North Dakota, and Tennessee, listen up!

Tennessee: Legislative Powers Regarding Abortion, Amendment 1

Amendment 1 in Tennessee would grant elected state officials the power to make decisions involving abortion laws without the involvement of their constituents. Amendment 1 would add a new section to Article 1 of Tennessee’s constitution, allowing state legislators to repeal any measure that protects abortion rights. For example, should Roe v. Wade be overturned, the Tennessee Supreme Court would lack the power to ensure that abortion remains legal in the state. At its most basic level, Amendment 1 allows elected officials to determine the reproductive choices of Tennessee women, denying women’s right to privacy. Women might also struggle to get exemptions, even in cases of rape, incest or risks to their own health. Ultimately, Amendment 1 could mean that Tennessee women will no longer have the right to choose abortion. Find out more at Vote No on 1 Tennessee.

Colorado: Definition of “Personhood” and Child Initiative, Amendment 67

If approved by voters, Amendment 67 would define pregnancies as “child” and “person” under the Colorado criminal code. As such, unlawful termination of pregnancy without the mother’s consent would be considered a homicide. Supporters of the amendment say that this bill protects expectant mothers who suffer miscarriages by accident or assault. While this bill may sound well-intentioned, it will effectively limit women’s right to choose, and could open a dangerous door to future restrictions on abortion and reproductive health decisions in Colorado. Connect with those fighting this amendment at Vote No 67.

North Dakota: “Life Begins at Conception” Amendment, Measure 1

As it stands, abortion services are already quite limited in North Dakota. Laws are currently in place that restrict insurance coverage for abortion, require parental consent for minors and subject women to mandatory wait periods and biased counseling. If approved by voters, Measure 1 would add a new section to the State’s Constitution, defining life as starting at conception. This measure would restrict fertility treatments, prohibit stem-cell research, ban various forms of birth control, and outlaw abortion even in cases of rape, incest or risk to the mother’s health. Not only does Measure 1 threaten a women’s right to control over her body and her life, it also directly threatens the well-being of pregnant women with health risks. Limiting women’s access to common forms of birth control would increase the already high rate of unintended pregnancies (in the United States currently at 49%) and negatively impact public health in both the state and the country. For more info visit The North Dakota Coalition for Privacy in Health Care.

On a brighter note, ballot initiatives in Oregon and Illinois have the potential to promote reproductive health!

Oregon: Equal Rights for Women Initiative, Measure 89

Also known as the Equal Rights Amendment, this measure would amend the State Constitution to ensure that no state or political entity can infringe upon or deny a woman of her rights, privileges or immunity as a citizen because of her sex. This measure will also repeal current legislation that allows denial of these privileges so long as the denial is justified by a specific biological difference between men and women. With this measure on the ballot, Oregon’s voters have the opportunity to add Oregon to the list of 20 states that have made sure that women and men will be treated equally before the law, regardless of future legislators’ and justices’ personal opinions! To get involved in promoting this measure visit VoteERA.org.

Illinois: Birth Control in Prescription Drug Coverage Question

Voters in Illinois will have the opportunity to vote on whether prescription birth control should be covered in health insurance plans that cover prescription drugs. This move is on the ballot as a non-binding advisory question and will not directly change any laws or amendments. However, this advisory question is still extremely important. Answering this question has the potential to send a strong statement to Illinois state officials regarding access to birth control as a basic health care right for women. To get involved visit the Illinois Votes for Birth Control Campaign.

Before heading to the polls this November, we encourage you to educate yourself on what’s at stake in your state. It’s up to you to ensure that no one loses their right to choose what is best for themselves, their bodies, and their future.

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RHAP’s #GOTV campaign in action: events recap

October 1, 2014

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Registering voters in Union Square, NYC

The Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) hosted two events last week to highlight the importance of voting in the midterm election on November 4th. The upcoming midterm election is particularly important because hundreds of state legislators, 36 governors, 33 senators and the entire house of representatives are up for re-election. These elected officials write, pass, and enact laws that directly impact access to contraception and abortion care.

September 23rd was National Voter Registration Day. RHAP spent the day in New York’s Union Square registering voters, handing out hundreds of voter resource flyers and answering questions about the upcoming election. If you haven’t registered yet there may still be time. Find out your state’s voter registration deadline and register to vote online.

On Saturday, September 27th, RHAP friends and supporters packed the Soda Bar in Brooklyn for V to Shining V, a national event created by Lady Parts Justice. Lisa Maldonado, RHAP’s executive director, opened the event with an introduction and a reminder of why we were all gathered there—to celebrate women and strategize how to protect access to reproductive health, especially in this crucial midterm election. She then opened the floor to our emcees for the evening, local sketch comedy group, Buzz Off, Lucille.

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Buzz Off, Lucille and Anoush Froundijan in designer paper exam gowns, RHAP t-shirts, and post-it notes dress

Wearing paper exam gowns over their RHAP t-shirts, the hilarious ladies of Buzz Off, Lucille kept the crowd energized with some excellent feminist comedy. The lineup included comedians Naomi Ekperigin (who writes for Broad City) and Alise Morales. Interactive artist Anoush Froundijan walked around in a dress constructed of colorful post-its asking folks to write their answer to the question: “If your vagina could talk, what would it say?”

A few lucky attendees won some great raffle prizes, including handmade IUD earrings, a gift basket from the Chocolate Room, a $100 certificate to P.J. Clarke’s, ice cream from Ample Hills, donuts from R & D Foods, wine from Fermented Grapes and a vibrator from Babeland. Everyone went home with a great goodie bag filled with information on registering vote, resources for researching candidates and helpful items, including male and female condoms!

Lauren Alexander from the NY Civil Liberties Union spoke about the Women’s Equality Act, highlighting this piece of legislation that directly affects New Yorkers.

The most heartfelt moments of the evening came when several family physicians spoke about the importance of providing comprehensive reproductive health care. These incredible doctors touched us all with stories about the work that they do for their patients on a daily basis. Dr. Linda Prine, RHAP’s medical director, honored the hard work, dedication and passion of the health care  professionals who help make quality reproductive healthcare accessible to everyone.

As the event wrapped up, everyone was sent home with a worksheet and resources to find out who their elected officials are and where they stand on reproductive health issues. Ultimately, the empowering combination of celebration and activism inspired us to go to the polls on November 4th!

Help us keep the momentum going. Find out where your candidates stand on reproductive health issues, mark your calendars for November 4th and get your friends to join you at the polls!

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Upcoming Get Out the Vote Events with RHAP

September 18, 2014

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National Voter Registration Day: Get out the vote with RHAP in Union Square!

National Voter Registration Day is a national effort to get as many people to register to vote as possible. The goal is not to advocate on behalf of a particular candidate or party, but to make sure everyone has access to voting come November 4th. Stop by the RHAP table in Union Square on September 23, and make your voice heard!

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 8:30 am-7:00 pm
Location: Union Square, South Plaza (corner of 14th and Union Square East)
RSVP here!
Search for NVRD events near you!

 

Come celebrate V to Shining V with RHAP on September 27th!

On September 27th, people across the country will gather to celebrate V to Shining V, a national day dedicated to strategizing how to change the laws that are disintegrating our reproductive access—all while celebrating female pride! Have a drink with RHAP at the Soda Bar in Brooklyn, NY for our very own V to Shining V celebration. Register to vote and get information about the upcoming election and local legislation affecting reproductive health, while enjoying performances from feminist comedy group, Buzz Off Lucille and others. V to Shining V is a national effort created by Lady Parts Justice, a collective of comedians and entertainers, including Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead and comedian Sarah Silverman. If you can’t make it to Brooklyn, see if you can find an event near you!

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Soda Bar 629 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
RSVP: online at v2shiningv.eventbrite.com
This event is free and anyone who registers will receive an awesome goodie bag!
Find a V to Shining V event near you!

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“I was treated better when I had an abortion.”

September 16, 2014

Linda Prine, RHAP’s medical director, moderates the Access List, a clinical listserv with more than 1,000 subscribers all dedicated to providing abortion care within family medicine and primary care settings. This blog regularly features Linda’s postings to the Access List.

Early Pregnancy Loss Awareness

I was shocked by the hurt in her voice when our patient started telling us about the care she received in the previous weeks when she started to have some vaginal bleeding early in her pregnancy. First she called her OB/Gyn, who did not come to the phone to talk to her but whose office staff told her to go to the nearest emergency room. This was a highly desired pregnancy, so it was very scary to her that she needed to go to the ER. She was afraid it meant something bad, not only for her pregnancy, but for her own health. She was at home, in Northern New Jersey, and went to her local community hospital. There she waited more than six hours before she saw a doctor, another three hours until she got an ultrasound, and then another four hours before anyone told her what was happening. Finally the doctor reported, “The pregnancy is not viable, but since your bleeding is light, there is nothing that needs to be done right now, so you can follow up with your gyn.” The doctor was brusque and hurried away, implying that he had “real emergencies” to deal with. They gave her a copy of the ultrasound and discharged her. The words that jumped out at her from the written report read “no fetal heart beat.”

The next morning, she called the OB/Gyn’s office and again was only able to speak to clerical staff. They told her to fax her ultrasound report and they would call her back. Late that afternoon, they called her back to tell her she was scheduled for a D&C in the hospital three days later and to fast after midnight the night before. She had so many questions: “Why had this happened? What was a D&C (dilation & curettage)? Was it the same procedure she’d had years ago when she had an abortion?”  She had not been told to fast that time and had been awake for the procedure. Everyone had been really nice to her at the abortion clinic and had answered all her questions. Now she was being treated like she didn’t matter at all and that her pregnancy “didn’t matter.”

Since she had three days before she was supposed to show up at the hospital, she started to ask around. Through her office-mates she heard about our family practice, which is close by her job. Our staff knows to get someone in right away who is bleeding in early pregnancy. We saw her the afternoon the same day she called. It was a long visit because we did more than just give her all the options for care that we could provide in our office: expectant management, or “letting nature take its course”; misoprostol medication; and/or an in-office Manual and Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) procedure. We also helped her process what she had been through, reassured her that she had not caused her miscarriage, and that she would be able to get pregnant again. It was so sad that she felt demeaned and belittled by the medical system when her situation was so heartbreaking and scary to her.

Miscarriage is so common, it should not be marginalized, and there are rarely times that ER care is needed. Yes, an urgent ultrasound should be done, but that’s not impossible to arrange in most places, and more and more family medicine residency practices have on-site ultrasound. I would really like to see family medicine step up to the plate and own miscarriage care. This woman was so very, very grateful to us for our consideration of her needs – but that should be normal! It shouldn’t feel like special treatment to be respected, to have your worries addressed and to have your grieving acknowledged.

It was sort of nice to hear (although sad that it was coming from such painful feelings) that she’d been treated better when she had an abortion.  And it was good to see how much better she felt after our conversation where we explained everything about her miscarriage and her treatment options.

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6 steps for community based organizations to make a difference in the midterm elections

September 9, 2014

shutterstock_fbA simple voter registration drive can make a big difference this November 4th! Helping your clients register to vote is easy, legal and can be integrated into daily operations. Your non-partisan involvement through voter registration is a critical step to engaging new or infrequent voters. Many community based organizations such as health centers, non-profits, schools, and civic organizations serve populations that are typically underrepresented in the political process. The community sees these organizations as trusted messengers that represent and amplify their voice. Better serve your clients by integrating voter registration into your operations this September!

6 easy steps to voter registration for community organizations:

1. Find out your state’s voter registration procedures and get the forms:
For most states the rules are as simple as printing the forms and sending them in on time. But a few states have extra rules so double check your state’s voter registration procedures. For many states voter registration forms are available online for download and printing. Find out procedures and download the voter registration form from your state’s Secretary of State office, local Registrar of Voters, or Board of Elections. Or use the National Mail Voter Registration Form, which can be downloaded in multiple languages and is accepted in most—but not all—states.

2. Offer the voter registration form to the clients:
When clients visit your organization give them the opportunity to fill out a voter registration form. It may seem easier to just have the forms available in the lobby, but asking each client if they want to fill it out and then handing them the form will provide much better results. You can incorporate this activity into daily processes such as sign-in or regular meetings.

3. Double check that important information is filled out:
Make sure that your clients check the boxes verifying that they are a United States citizen and are at least 18 years old. Check that they use their full residential address, including apartment number, not a post office box. Have them fill out their entire Social Security number if they can. The form requires at least the last four digits of the Social Security number be filled in.

4. Learn if your state has a voter ID law:
30 states require voters to present identification at the voting booth, and 15 states require picture ID. Find out your state’s voter ID laws. Then let clients know if they need to bring a form of ID with them on Election Day.

5. Offer to mail in their voter registration form:
Explain that clients are welcome to mail in their registration, but assure them that your organization is turning in many people’s cards and can make sure that theirs gets to the right place in time.

6. Submit the voter registration forms by your state’s deadline:
Mail or bring in the completed voter registration cards to your state’s Office of the Secretary of State or your local Registrar of Voters. Find out your state’s voter registration deadline. Most states require you to register to vote at least 30 days before the election.

For more information check out these great voter registration resources:

DoSomething.org: Conduct a Voter Registration Drive
Non-Profit Vote
Rock the Vote
National Voter Registration Day

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