You Don't Need a Home to Vote!
2010 Voter Rights/Registration Packet
The National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) would like to thank the following NCH staff and interns who contributed greatly to the research, writing, and layout of the manual.
NCH would like to make a special note of thanks to their donors for their support of the “You Don’t Need a Home to Vote” campaign helping to ensure the successful inclusion of low-income and homeless persons in the democratic process.
NCH also thanks Michael Stoops, Director of Community Organizing at NCH, who served as an advisor and co-editor. Ultimately, NCH would like to thank the numerous advocates, NCH Board Members, and friends across the country for their feedback and support, without which this report would not be possible.
A historical thank you goes to the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness (LACEHH) and its voting rights staff person, Nancy Berlin, for putting together the first voting rights manual geared toward homeless people (first published in 1992). This 2010 manual continues to use many of the ideas and suggestions in LACEHH’s first manual.
Download full report as pdf | Acknowledgements | Introduction | Overcoming Agency Resistance | Frequently Asked Questions by Organizations about Conducting Voter Registration | Incorporating Voter Registration into the Intake Process | Conducting a Successful Voter Registration Drive | Overcoming Resistance by Individuals | Frequently Asked Questions by Individuals | Conducting a Voter Registration Party | Registering Tenants to Vote | Having Candidates Volunteer at Your Agency | Holding a Candidate Forum on Housing and Homelessness | Media Tips for Hosting Events | Letter Writing Power Hour | Leading Up to Election Day | On Election Day | Voting & Registration Information Flyer | Legal Issues and Practical Barriers to Voting for Homeless People | State-by-State Chart of Homeless People’s Voting Rights | State-by-State Chart of Disenfranchisement Categories | State-by-State Chart of ID Requirements | State-by-State Chart of Registration Deadlines & Residency Requirements | Court Decisions on Homeless People’s Voting Rights | Sample Phone Script | Sample Invitation Letter | Sample Media Advisory | Sample Press Release