In recognition of National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), and after months-long planning and coordination with Common Power and Evergreen Goodwill, several League members joined with other community leaders and activists for voter outreach and information . This activity took place over four days, beginning on Saturday, September 16, through the actual registration day Tuesday, September 19.
Common Power believes in the power of our vote as the organization mobilizes voter volunteers across the country, while investing in the next generation of leaders and building a lasting community. Evergreen Goodwill is committed to serving the community by breaking down significant barriers to education and employment. For this voter outreach effort, Common Power provided the structure, training, registration, and management of volunteers, while Evergreen Goodwill provided the equipment and space in its stores.
The NVRD project included some other partnerships. Goodwill opened 11 stores for tabling across the five counties of King, Kitsap, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom, so we reached out to all the Leagues in each of those counties, and those League volunteers participated. In addition, we reached out to and got a significant response from the DEI Commissions of Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.
In all, 187 volunteers joined NVRD tabling, 34 volunteers just in Snohomish County. That’s a total of 993 volunteer hours! Across all locations, volunteers personally discussed voter registration with more than 230 people, resulting in 160 new voter registrations, 10 address updates, and more than 55 potential voters who took the registrations home to complete.
In a post-event survey, volunteers felt very positive about the experience. We have already heard interest about participating again next year!