Affordable Homes are Built with Ballots as Much as They Are with Bricks – Voter Registration Webinar Sept. 13
On Thursday, September 13th at 2:00 p.m., Monarch Housing Associates host a “Voter Registration, Education and Mobilization for Low-Income Voters” webinar.
Please click here to register for the webinar.
- The proposed U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) cuts threaten low income households in every community across the country.
- We must make our voices and our votes heard and reminded the elected officials that we send to Washington, D.C. that Opportunity Starts at Home.
- It is critical not only that we register to vote but also understand that our votes mean something and can impact the outcome of elections.
- Affordable homes are built with ballots every bit as much as they are built with bricks and drywall.
- Advocates for expanded housing affordability need to be a significant voting block in the 2018 election.
To be registered to vote for the November 6, 2018 in New Jersey, your voter registration form must be submitted by Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Our September 13 webinar will cover voter registration and even more importantly, voter education and mobilization and include examples of successful national and local efforts.
Webinar presenters will include:
- Victoria Bourret, Housing Advocacy Organizer, National Low Income Housing Coalition
- Linda Flores-Tober, Executive Director, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless
- Kate Kelly, Associate, Monarch Housing Associates
Please email Kate Kelly at with any questions.
Please remember to include voter registration in any events that you are helping to organize and make your office, outreach site, shelter, etc. a voter registration site.
You can reach out to your neighbors and allies to make sure they are registered voters, so that everyone is ready to send Congress a message in the next election. The mid-term elections on November 6, 2018 is the next important opportunity to exercise your right to vote.
Eligibility requirements for voter registration which can be accessed on our website by selecting NJ or providing your street address and zip code:
- U.S. Citizen,
- At least 18 years old by the next election,
- Resident of the county for 30 days before the election, and
- Must not be serving a sentence or on parole or probation, because of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law.
Voter registration forms may be submitted by mail or hand delivered to:
NJ Division of Elections
P.O. Box 304
Trenton, NJ 08625-0304
NLIHC has compiled the following tips about registering tenants to vote:
Before your organization begins to register voters, you will want to prepare in several ways:
- Set Goals
- Get to Know Your Local Board of Elections
- Offer Registration Training
Once you know the voting guidelines for your state and have set registration goals for your agency, you are ready to begin registering voters. As described in the sample plan, there are three ways to approach voter registration.
- Fit Voter Registration into Your Agency’s Regular Contact with Residents
- Plan Specific Voter Registration Activities
- Organize a Door To Door Campaign
As you register voters, it is crucial that you keep records of how has registered so that you will be able to contact these people as part of your mobilization activities.
Nonprofit organizations can, and should, engage in nonpartisan election-related activity, including voter registration, education, and mobilization.
The basic rule is that 501(c)(3) organizations cannot in any way support or oppose particular candidates.
Organizations with specific legal questions related to voter registration drives are encouraged to contact an attorney who specializes in election law. It is important to remember that 501(c)(3) organizations cannot consult with campaign staff or political parties, even on simple technical questions.