VOTER ENGAGEMENT
TOOLS & RESOURCES

CaPA’s toolkit is a combination of unique CaPA offerings, offerings from CaPA grantees, and a clearing house of public resources for easy organizing access. CaPA will be adding additional tools and resources over the coming weeks. Please continue to check back for updates!

VOTING INFORMATION & TOOLS
Nonpartisan

Vote.org is a nonpartisan voting registration and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) technology platform. They offer a suite of digital tools that allow users to register to vote, check registration status, request a mail ballot, pre-register for those under 18, receive election reminders, and pledge to vote.

Cost: Basic tools are free, various pricing options available to acquire data

CaPA Grantees: CaPA can provide technical assistance to embed tools on your website. Email emilia@cleanprosperousamerica.org

Nonpartisan

TurboVote helps voters participate in every election—from school board to President—and streamlines voter engagement. Their tools, which easily integrate with organizations’ websites, allow voters to check their registration status, receive election reminders, learn about what’s on their ballot, and more.

Cost: Basic tools are free, cost varies for customized tools for organization websites

CaPA Grantees: CaPA can provide technical assistance to embed tools on your website. Email emilia@cleanprosperousamerica.org

Partisan

Building Bridges for America provides volunteer engagement support and resources to make sure that over four million voters who are away from the state where they are registered to vote are able to cast a ballot. Their website has graphics that can be shared with eligible voters who are out of the country.

Cost: Free

Nonpartisan

ActiVote’s easy to use, nonpartisan app educates voters on important issues, when and where they can cast their vote, connects them with their elected officials, and allows them to make their voice heard by quickly answering key polling questions.

Cost: Free

Nonpartisan

Rock the Vote offers civic tech tools that partner organizations can link to for free on their websites. Tools include an Online Voter Registration platform available in 13 languages, a Pledge to Vote tool with election reminders, a Voter Status Lookup tool, and an Absentee Ballot Request tool.

Cost: Basic Civic Tech tools are free, cost varies for Premium tools

VOTER GUIDES

Below are two voter guides (nonpartisan and partisan) that CaPA highly recommends; each of these organizations will be producing guides in the majority of CaPA’s priority states. We are in the process of compiling a list of down-ballot voter guides that are focused on particular geographies, issues or races, and we will share that resource here as soon as it is available.

Nonpartisan

guides.vote produces nonpartisan voter guides that show where candidates stand on issues, including abortion access, climate change, criminal justice, student financial aid, healthcare and immigration. guides.vote provides free online versions of the guides, and for many states, free printed guides. You’re also welcome to download and print PDFs from their site.

Cost: Free

Partisan

The Vote Pro-Choice Voter Guide is a comprehensive, progressive, pro-choice voter guide with special emphasis on states and areas where reproductive freedom is most on the line. To help voters cast a ballot reflecting their values, the guide features an individualized ballot preview and endorsements and recommendations at every level, from local to federal races and everything in between. The guide also includes polling place lookup info and options for voting by mail, utilizing drop-boxes, and early voting.

Cost: Free

CaPA Grantees: CaPA can facilitate partnership opportunities if your organization is interested in working with Vote Pro-Choice on specific voter guides and/or research. Email emilia@cleanprosperousamerica.org

Nonpartisan

VOTE411 from the League of Women Voters Education Fund is a “one-stop-shop” for election information. It provides nonpartisan state-specific information in all 50 states on how and where to vote. Voters can enter their address to see a personalized voter guide for their ballot, and get links to detailed voter guides from their local LWV chapters.

Cost: Free

ONLINE ORGANIZING PLATFORM
Nonpartisan

ActionNetwork offers a variety of tools to engage and grow your base of supporters through event registrations, petitions, sending letters to elected officials, grassroots fundraising campaigns, and email outreach. This short video from Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Center for Common Ground, walks you through the platform and some of the tools ActionNetworks offers.

Cost: Basic tools are free, pricing is based on usage defined by monthly email volume

CaPA Grantees: CaPA can connect you with personalized support in signing up and getting on-boarded using ActionNetwork. Email emilia@cleanprosperousamerica.org

RELATIONAL ORGANIZING
Partisan

SwipeBlue is a free app for iOS and Android that matches your friends to the voter file to show who is registered (or not), their party, and their political districts. The app makes it easy for progressives to send messages to friends to encourage them to register, vote, donate, volunteer, or to take other important actions. Visit https://swipeblue.org/partner.

Cost: Free

Nonpartisan

Empower Project offers a free relational organizing app and free training, tech, and data support for non-profit organizations. Empower can be your volunteer action hub to stay connected with volunteers, ask volunteers to reach out to friends and family or to take action on their own, send updates quickly with mass texting, and expand your program with canvassing.

Cost: Free

Nonpartisan

OutreachCircle is a relational organizing platform that makes it easy for volunteers to reach out to friends via email, text, or social media. You can choose to have supporters contact anyone in their network or use real-time mapping to match their friends against a targeted list, voter file, or membership database.

Cost: Free for volunteer organizations, $30-$50 per month for larger organizations

Partisan

With Impactive, volunteers can reach their personal contacts via text, email, call, and social DM. You can send messaging actions to volunteers based on where they live, what language they speak, or whether or not they have contacts in a certain district or zip code and sync volunteer contact reports directly voter files.

Cost: $50 – $1,000 per month

Nonpartisan

CallHub Relational Organizing is a free app enables volunteers to reach out to their contacts through texts, calls, and social media, collect survey responses, and do follow ups all from one platform. Volunteers can use the app in English, Spanish and French.

Cost: Free

PHONE AND TEXT BANKING
Partisan

GetThru is a peer-to-peer texting and calling tool. Their ThruText software enables texters to send over 200 messages per minute and have thousands of simultaneous text message conversations through a centralized, trackable system. ThruTalk software allows users to import lists and survey questions, make calls with branching script tools, and reach speeds of 250 dials/hour per caller.

Cost: 1.5¢ per SMS, 3.5¢ per MMS and video, 3.5¢ per dial

Partisan

Impactive’s platform includes tools for broadcast and peer-to-peer texting, phone banking, relational organizing, voter registration, custom form building, and more. Impactive’s predictive dialer allows you to host high-impact phone banks on web or mobile with easy-to-use interactive scripts. Their Peer-to-Peer Texting tool allows you to filter contacts, reach thousands of contacts per hour, and manage text conversations on a streamlined inbox.

Cost: $50 – $1,000 per month

POSTCARDS
Partisan

Blue Wave Postcard Movement offers postcards with eye-catching graphics, pre-printed election information, a QR code for more information, and pre-addressed labels targeted to swing states.

Cost: Postcard cost varies by volume, stamps available at cost (can request financial assistance)

Nonpartisan

Center for Common Ground trains and provides supplies, addresses, and tailored scripts for volunteers to handwrite colorful and informative postcards to voters of color in targeted voter suppression states.

Cost: Postcard cost varies by volume

Partisan

Markers for Democracy is a group of grassroots activists working to elect Democrats up and down the ballot by writing get-out-the-vote postcards to Democratic voters. Offers postcards, targeted address lists, and Zoom events where volunteers write postcards together, talk politics, and listen to speakers.

Cost: Postcard cost varies by volume, can request financial assistance for stamps

ADVERTISING & PROMOTIONAL RESOURCES
Nonpartisan

Feel Good Action allows organizations to leverage $120,000 of free Google ads to increase voter registrations and civic engagement through their partner program. Organizations can strategically target and reach potential voters, especially those who may not be aware of registration deadlines. Feel Good Action’s team will support you to access Google Ad grants, increase online visibility and drive meaningful engagement for your organization.

Cost: Free

CaPA Grantees: CaPA can directly connect your organization with Feel Good Action to set up a meeting. Email emilia@cleanprosperousamerica.org

SAFETY FOR ORGANIZERS AND ACTIVISTS
Nonpartisan

Vote Run Lead’s Campaign Safety resources offer practical guidance on de-escalation, knowing your rights, and keeping yourself and your team and volunteers safe doing voter outreach in person and online.

Staying Safe While Door-Knocking by Vote Run Lead Action in partnership with Oregon Future Labs

Guide to Creating a Safety Plan for Your Campaign Team by Vote Run Lead Action

Know Your Rights in Police Interactions by Vote Run Lead Action in partnership with Oregon Future Labs

Cost: Free

Nonpartisan

CaPA’s Safe and Effective Protesting Guide has valuable tips and resources to help you be prepared and stay safe if you are organizing or participating in a public protest.

Cost: Free

MORE RESOURCES

Guides to additional tools and resources for voter engagement:

Building Bridges for America Team Resources

The Campaign Workshop 100 Best Campaign Tools