Why Voting Matters
The Right Question Institute’s nonpartisan “Why Vote?” resources focus on having people discover for themselves the value of voting. You can use these tools to engage with hesitant voters to strengthen their motivation and determination to vote — a critical piece of the puzzle that needs to be in place before more traditional get-out-the-vote activities can be effective.
RQI’s “Why Vote?” Tool is one way to engage people in municipal, local, and state elections, in addition to high-profile national elections.
A wide range of organizations can use these free resources: nonprofits, social service agencies, community organizations, public library systems, schools, church groups, voter engagement organizations, and others.
Organizations can work with new and infrequent voters so they:
- Identify services and government-funded programs that are important to them.
- Draw the connection between those services/programs and decisions elected officials make.
- Name why they would want to vote and have a say in who’s making decisions on their behalf.
- Ask questions about the process of registering and voting.