NCTC Partnering with NonprofitVOTE in 2012
NCTC is happy to announce our partnership with NonprofitVOTE for the 2012 tax season. Founded in 2005, NonprofitVOTE partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote.
It is not uncommon for people—particularly low-income workers—to feel disconnected from our country’s democracy. There is an income-based disparity in rates of voter registration; only 65.3 percent of low-income citizens were registered to vote in 2008, as compared to 84.6 percent of their more affluent counterparts.*
Additionally, the most economically vulnerable households are often further disenfranchised by laws that, for example, require voters to provide a burdensome amount of documentation. These combined factors end up leaving many—especially minority and low-income households—out of the political process and represent a threat to a fair and even democracy. A higher level of voter engagement would provide a balance to lopsided policies that tend to benefit those that already have access to elected officials and resources in our society.
NCTC partnered with NonprofitVOTE to leverage the important knowledge and resources they have developed on voter engagement. They are the leading source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services. NCTC is looking forward to working with together for more voter participation and sharing their resources with the community tax preparation and asset building field.
If you have developed successful strategies to engage your clients in voting, please call Gail Parson, Manager of Civic Engagement at NCTC, at (312) 252-0280 X297. We’d love to learn more about what is working!
*Novaski, Scott. “Fulfilling the Promise: Expanding Voter Registration of Low-Income Citizens Under the National Voter Registration Act.” http://www.demos.org, July 2010.
By Gail Parson, Manager, Civic Engagement