Nonpartisan Voter Engagement Toolkit


The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is proud to provide this nonprofit toolkit for organizations, businesses, and individuals that wish to take action to ensure everyone votes and every vote counts this election. This toolkit provides resources to help spread factual, accurate information and combat misinformation and disinformation.

Table of Contents

Voter Education Resources
Vote411
Voter Education Email Blasts
Social Media Graphics
Handouts to Print or Link
Media Engagement
Volunteer Engagement Opportunities

Voter Education Resources

NJ Division of Elections 2020 Voter Information Portal
League of Women Voters of New Jersey Voter Information
COVID-Proofing Your in-person Voter Registration Event
Guidance for Voter Registration Activities During COVID-19
Virtual High School Voter Registration Lesson
100 Days and 100 Ways to Get Ready for Election Day
5 Reasons to Have Confidence in Mail-in Voting
What You Need to Know About Misinformation & Disinformation
NJ Institute for Social Justice 5 Ways to Vote and Rights Restoration
Disability Rights New Jersey Voter Guide and Accessible Voting

Vote411

Use Vote411.org to see what will be on your ballot, learn more about candidates' positions, find your polling place, and more! Be sure to use Vote411 as a tool as you help educate and register voters.

Voter Education Email Blasts

Use these email templates to ensure the people you serve get vital voter information!

Make a Voting Plan
What Voters Need to Know
Register to Vote

Social Media Graphics

Don't underestimate social media as an excellent tool to help spread these important messages.
Please feel free to tailor these messages to fit your community!

2020 Election Season Social Media Sample Posts
Be sure to follow the NJ Division of Elections on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
Tips for Filling Out Your Mail-In Ballot Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
How to Cast Your Vote-by-Mail Ballot Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
Find a Drop Box Location in Your County Facebook / Instagram
NJ General Election COVID-19 Response Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
Check Your Voter Registration Status Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
NJ Online Voter Registration Now Available Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
Download all Vote411 graphics here.

Handouts to Print or Link

Print physical copies of these materials to hand out at in-person events and/or link them out on your website.

2020 General Election: Frequently Asked Questions English / Spanish
Vote-by-Mail Rack Card English / Spanish
Save the Dates Postcard English / Spanish
Make a Voting Plan Flyer

Media Engagement

Have connections with a media source? Use this press release template to help get trusted information out.

Make a Voting Plan 2020 Press Release

Volunteer Engagement Opportunities

OutreachCircle

The League of Women Voters field support has gone digital! LWVNJ launched a digital platform called OutreachCircle, where people can easily stay connected to League activity and conduct civic education outreach efforts to different communities all from one platform! As we all know, there is so much work to get done, from educating first-time voters to reminding our community members to create their voting plan to working with election officials to instill confidence in our election process. Still, we can’t do this work alone. We need the full force of our all our partners in New Jersey to get this critical work done.

Click here for instructions on how to start using OutreachCircle.

PLEASE NOTE: While there are c3 nonpartisan activities on OutreachCircle, LWVNJ also uses this platform for some of our c4 advocacy actions. Not all OutreachCircle opportunities are appropriate for other organizations. Please evaluate before sharing.

Project 555: Youth Voter Engagement

The League of Women Voters is a proud partner with Project 555: Youth Voter Engagement. They are a student-led, nonpartisan, virtual voter registration and education project focusing on High School seniors. The goal of this initiative is to reach out to every public high school (509 in total) and 46 of the largest private high schools in New Jersey before the October 13th voter registration deadline and maintain contact with these students through the November election via social media, phone calls and a number of other digital platforms. If you have a connection to a public or private high school that would like to provide voter education to students, please contact amoreno@lwvnj.org.

Encourage people to vote early and host a Bring Your Own Ballot Party!

National Vote Early Day is October 24th! Use this sign up form to get your League registered!

While Vote Early Day is October 24th, we want to ensure that October is full of many different activities and messages to capitalize on the momentum around early voting nationwide to get out the vote. Below are some ideas to build up momentum to get out the vote throughout the early voting season.

Host a Bring Your Own Ballot (BYOB) Virtual Party!  Bring Your Own Ballot (BYOB) virtual parties are a great way to make sure that no mistakes are made completing your ballot, so your vote is counted. You can use VOTE411.ORG to find all you need to know about voting in your community and share that information with your friends and neighbors at the party!  Here is a very simple toolkit to help you organize your BYOB party.  We want to recognize Washington DC League President, Kathy Chiron, for sharing this great idea with us!

Check out our BYOB toolkit here!

Use a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lens when creating your public education and engagement strategy.

Review this Voter Suppression Toolkit: The Fight for the Right to Vote to contextualize your efforts in an understanding of historic voter suppression and systemic oppression. You can also view this recorded training our friends at the Leadership Conference hosted with us earlier this year!

Use these guiding questions when thinking through target outreach, building partnerships, and participating in coalitions when developing your public education plans:

Strengthen your efforts by partnering with local organizations and community leaders to support the messaging and efforts of others to reach the most people.

Join the League of Women Voters of New Jersey

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is the organization where hands-on work to defend democracy leads to empowered voters and civic improvement. Here you can add your voice, along with over 300,000 League members and supporters across the country, in making democracy work. Since 1920, individuals like you have shaped the issues that impact our communities and our democracy through their connection to the League. Our grassroots, nonpartisan network is one of New Jersey's most trusted institutions. We keep our communities fair, vibrant, and strong.

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News & Announcements:

All of your questions about voting in the Nov. 3 election, answered here - NorthJersey.com, September 29, 2020

Voting by mail? Here are the 5 top reasons N.J. mail-in ballots were rejected during the primary. - NJ.com, September 28, 2020

Report Details What Worked, What Didn’t and What Should be Fixed for Upcoming Elections - NJ Social Justice Institute, September 25, 2020

NJ Election 2020: Voting in New Jersey. Your questions answered - NJ Spotlight, September 24, 2020

One in 10 Ballots Rejected in Last Month’s Vote-by-Mail Elections - NJ Spotlight, June 10, 2020

Montclair’s Mail-In Balloting Process Undergoing Sharp Scrutiny - Montclair Local, May 20, 2020

Organizations Sue, Try to Force State to Fix Problems with Vote-by-Mail Signature Verification - NJ Spotlight, May 19, 2020

Voting rights groups laud Murphy’s hybrid primary plan - New Jersey Globe, May 18, 2020

New Jersey Primary Will Be Primarily Vote-By-Mail Election As COVID-19-Related Deaths Eclipse 10,000 - CBSPhilly, May 15, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic Updates: Election-day voter registration for N.J. primary? - WHYY, March 27, 2020

All Special Elections and School Board Elections this Year will be VBM - InsiderNJ, March 19, 2020

Gov. Murphy signs executive order to postpone NJ elections - FOX29 Philadelphia, March 19, 2020

In Light of Public Health Crisis, Groups Call On NJ to Make Vote-By-Mail More Accessible - InsiderNJ, March 18, 2020

League of Women Voters of New Jersey suspends all in-person events