Mobilizing Low-Income Renters to Vote and Make Affordable Housing a Key Issue
On Wednesday, September 7 at 2:30 p.m., NLIHC will hold a “Housing and the Election Webinar: 5 Ways You Can Take Action.”
Over the next few months, affordable housing and community development organizations have an opportunity to influence a number of critical issues before Congress and to help break through the noise of the presidential campaigns to make affordable housing an election issue.
The webinar will review five ways you can take action between now and the November elections to advocate for the issues that are most important to your mission, the people you serve, and your community.
- Sarah Mickelson, Public Policy Director
- Elayne Weiss, Senior Policy Analyst
- Joseph Lindstrom, Senior Organizer for Housing Advocacy
On Thursday, September 15, 2016, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) will hold its final 2016 voterization webinar at 2:00 p.m. The webinar is titled “Mobilization: Getting Out the Vote.”
The 2016 presidential election seems to be on every screen, in every paper, and in every conversation. Despite all the attention, it is likely that fewer than half of voting-eligible renters will vote on or before Tuesdays, November 8, 2016.
The presidential elections of 2008 and 2012 were considered to have had high-turnout rates, achieving 62% and 59% voter participation, respectively. For renters, however, turnout rates for those elections were only 42% and 40%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey.
In 2015, just 26% of renters voted, far below the 49% of homeowners who voted. The disparity in voter participation by income levels is even more striking. While 75% of people with incomes over $100,000 were registered to vote in 2014 and 53% voted, just 48% of people with incomes below $20,000 were registered, and only 26% turned out to the polls.
Closing these gaps could make a significant impact toward achieving a more just distribution of federal housing resources.
Renters and individuals experiencing homelessness have a voice and can register their voice and their vote through non-partisan efforts.
NLIHC’s Voterization efforts inform organizations and community groups interested in registering voters, engaging with candidates, and getting voters to the polls.
The webinar will cover producing strong get-out-the-vote (GOTV) materials, using voter registration lists to conduct phone banks leading up to Election Day, and coordinating rides to the polls for people with disabilities or with transit access issues.
Attendees will also learn about common challenges voters face related to ID requirements and voting without a permanent residence. The presentation will also discuss key considerations for states that allow early voting and voting by mail.
On a related note, National Voter Registration Day will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
This coordinated day of events involves volunteers and organizations throughout the country hosting events and canvassing neighborhoods to engage new voters and to update registration records.
New Jersey’s deadline to register for the November 2016 election is Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
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