The right to vote lies at the heart of our nation’s founding principles – it is the bedrock of our democracy from the hills of Harlem to the hills of Hollywood. Every citizen that can vote should have the opportunity to exercise their civic right, including those living with behavioral health conditions. This year, community mental health and addiction treatment centers have the unique opportunity to engage everyone in their centers, including clients, in nonpartisan voter registration and education.
Here’s a video from Deee-Lite – Vote Baby Vote! – MTV Rock The Vote in 1992:
In 2020, elected officials across state and federal ballots will be asking for your vote. They will be asking their fellow citizens to elect them to the office to make the needed changes in our communities and our country. It is critical that you and your clients’ needs are understood and voices are heard in politics and at the ballot box.
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Be an impetus for change in our behavioral health care system by advocating for the civic right to vote. Our new Get Out the Vote 2020 Toolkit will help your organization create, launch and sustain a successful voter registration and voter education program for the 2020 General Election Cycle.
- National Council’s Get Out the Vote 2020 Toolkit
- Get Out the Vote 2020 Template Flyers
- State Registration Deadlines
- State-by-State Voter Registration Drive Guides
- A Guide for 501(c)(3) Organizations on Voter Participation/Education
- Health Advocates’ Voter Engagement Toolkit
- 2018 Get Out the Vote webinar recording and slides
- Social Media Toolkit
- Translated Get Out the Vote 2020 Toolkits
If you have questions or need additional assistance at any time during your voter registration efforts, please feel free to reach out directly to Michael Petruzzelli at MichaelP@TheNationalCouncil.org.