Resources for VERA Programs
Hold a VERA Mock Election in Your Program!
Use the instructions and related resources to hold a mock election in your program and contribute to our New England-wide tally!
How can a program implement an effective VERA campaign?
- Commit to doing voter education for the 2016 election. Join with others by signing up for the VERA campaign. Identify a contact person who will report back your program’s data (see the sample report form).
- Get oriented to the VERA resources available to you. Check out the Classroom Resources page and watch for the New England online voter guide coming this summer.
- Walk through this Introductory PPT presentation and suggested VERA Activities Schedule at a staff meeting to mobilize your team.
- Teach adults about voting and other ways to participate civically.
- Participate in the regional mock election and add your numbers to the regional total to let representatives know that we vote!
- After the election, report your student registration and voting numbers here so we can tally our voter power by state and region.
Making the Case for Voter Education
New report by ETS: Fault Lines in Our Democracy. Civic Knowledge, Voting Behavior, and Civic Engagement in the United States (pdf)
“The relationship between educational attainment and voting is strong. The data show a decline in voting across all educational attainment levels since 1964. But the decline is particularly steep for the population with lower education levels. For those with nine to 12 years of school but no diploma or GED, the voting rate fell by nearly half between 1964 and 2008, from 65 to 34 percent. The decline was even steeper for those with less than a ninth-grade education, dropping from 59 to 23 percent. Among the U.S. population with at least some college, the decline in voting was less steep.” (p 15)
This guide clarifies the range of permissible nonpartisan election activities a nonprofit may engage in.