Get Out the Vote (GOTV) is a term used to describe an activity aimed at increasing the number of eligible voters who actually vote in an election. Voter mobilization research shows that when nonprofits talk to their clients about voting, their clients are not only more likely to vote but they are also more likely to talk to their friends and family about voting. Plus, after someone votes once they are more likely to vote again, and more likely to follow issues and participate in community affairs.
Even if your Health Center has not been registering voters, you can still play a critical role in empowering and mobilizing your community with an active, nonpartisan GOTV effort. MPCA has compiled over 20 GOTV ideas to get you thinking. Get creative, and keep in mind studies show that repeat messages from multiple sources make a difference! We would love to hear how you mobilize the voters in your community—please email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your GOTV activities.