Voter Registration

Voter registration takes on average just two minutes to complete. Whether you want to register yourself or assist others in your community, start here!

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Registering Voters: What You Need to Know

Our democracy must ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity and the information needed to exercise their right to vote. To that end, AAUW and the AAUW Action Fund work with state leaders, branches, and coalition partners to register voters in communities across the country. In particular, we promote voter registration on AAUW college/university partner member campuses, helping them meet their obligations under the Higher Education Act.

Registering voters is best done through direct, personal, targeted contact. The following ideas are creative ways to reach out to prospective voters in your community:

  • Send volunteers with clipboards to places where large groups of people congregate — malls, movie theaters, libraries, neighborhood festivals, rallies, farmers markets, etc.
  • Hold an issue forum on a topic important to your community and make a voter registration pitch at the end of each event.

Find more tips for getting out the vote in your community in our 2016 Get Out the Vote Tool Kit.

Voting Rights

AAUW advocates for vigorous enforcement of and full access to civil and constitutional rights, including voting rights. Over the past several years, we have seen the rise of voting restrictions in various states, including requirements for photo identification and proof of citizenship and the elimination of early voting. You can help to combat these restrictions by educating voters about the rules in their state and providing them with the knowledge and tools to turn out on Election Day.‎

Ready to get started? Our how-to guide to hosting a voter registration drive provides detailed instructions for planning and hosting.