Massachusetts Voter Education

aka MASSVOTE   |   Boston, MA   |  www.massvote.org

Mission

MassVOTE works on a nonpartisan basis to register, educate, and mobilize citizens to vote, especially young people, people of color, and people in low-income communities.  We develop young leaders and train volunteers to work for reforms to make government accountable to all.  We convene nonprofit organizations to work together for common goals.  Our work is part of a larger movement for social, economic, and racial justice.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Cheryl Clyburn Crawford

Main address

41 West Street, Suite 700

Boston, MA 02111 USA

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Formerly known as

BostonVOTE

EIN

04-3574060

NTEE code info

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

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Young Civic Leaders

The Young Civic
Leaders, a program of MassVOTE, gives youth the tools that they need to become
leaders in their communities. Through active participation in trainings,
workshops, and project-based learning, Young Civic Leaders become agents of
change in their communities. Young Civic Leaders educate, organize and mobilize
their peers to become civically engaged in their neighborhoods.  YCL is an
11-month paid internship for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Young Civic Leaders commit to working 10 hours a week during the school year
and 20 hours a week during the summer. Each participant must maintain at least
a C+ grade average. Upon graduation and admission to college, Young Civic
Leaders are eligible for a scholarship from MassVOTE.

Population(s) Served

MassVOTE has a wide variety of materials to help any nonprofit register and educate people to vote. We also provide trainings at low or no cost to help nonprofit staff members, board members, and volunteers learn how to mobilize citizens to participate and vote. The MassVOTE Nonprofit Democracy Project works with over 125 nonprofits across the Commonwealth to help them incorporate nonpartisan voter education into their everyday work.

Population(s) Served

MassVOTE seeks to modernize election laws in Massachusetts that will increase voter participation and provide voters with confidence in election results.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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MassVOTE strives to make the electoral process more accountable and accessible to all people. Through its various programs such as Democracy for Nonprofits, Young Civic Leaders, and Fair Elections Agenda, MassVOTE works to promote a culture of active political participation by providing the tools and resources needed to organize, register, and educate voters, with an emphasis on historically disenfranchised communities.

MassVOTE utilizes and builds the capacity of other nonprofits, community groups, and youth by providing them with the tools and resources they need to organize, register, and educate voters.

The MassVOTE Democracy for Nonprofits Project works with over 300 nonprofits across Massachusetts to help them incorporate nonpartisan voter education into their everyday work. MassVOTE has a wide variety of materials to help any nonprofit register and educate people to vote. We also provide trainings at low or no cost to help nonprofit staff members, board members, and volunteers learn how to mobilize citizens to participate and vote

The MassVOTE Young Civic Leaders Program gives youth the tools that they need to become leaders in their communities. Through active participation in trainings, workshops, and project-based learning, Young Civic Leaders are molded into agents of change in their communities; they organize and mobilize their peers to be more civically engaged in their neighborhoods.

Finally, MassVOTE supports legislation to modernize election laws, increase civic engagement, safeguard the accuracy of election results, and save money. Using coalition strength, MassVOTE builds relationships in the halls of the State House and effectively lobbies key legislators to ensure voting rights for all.

MassVOTE has an incredibly passionate, hard working, and knowledgeable team of staff, volunteers, and nonprofit/community groups that effectively utilize resources in pursuit of a more accountable and accessible electoral process for all people while also building and maintaining strong communities that are able to self-advocate.

In January, MassVOTE convened an Election Modernization Coalition to advocate for comprehensive election reform in 2013. In May 2014, MassVOTE and its coalition partners had a significant legislative victory when Governor Deval Patrick signed the new election reform bill into law which includes early voting, online voter registration, post-election audits of voting machines, and pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds. These reforms make the Commonwealth a leader in voting modernization when previously it lagged way behind more conservative states. Furthermore, MassVOTE, working with its community and nonprofit partners, helped Boston reach its highest voter turnout in a Mayoral election in 30 years.

MassVOTE continues to push for Election Day Registration, higher registration rates and turnout among the rising Massachusetts electorate, as well as an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn the Citizens United decision.

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Massachusetts Voter Education

Board of directors
as of 06/05/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

George Pillsbury

Founder/Director, Nonprofit VOTE

Sonia Chang-Diaz

Massachusetts State Senator, 2nd Suffolk District

Rachael Cobb

Professor of Government, Suffolk University

Adam Friedman

Web Developer, Boston Herald

Phi Troung

Student, Boston University; alumna of the Young Civic Leaders program

Kim Janey

Director of Boston School Reform Project, Mass Advocates for Children