The impact of your support
As voting becomes more difficult due to COVID-19, VoteRiders’ trusted voter ID services and tools are evolving to support effective civic engagement. Our 2020 goal is to ensure that millions of citizens can vote safely and confidently, whether they do so by mail or in person. Our efforts are targeted in 9 key states (AZ, FL, GA, KY, MI, NC, PA, TX, and WI), amplified by 1,700 volunteers, and sustained by our coalition of 435 partner organizations.
With your support, we can:
Why this work is important
At least 25 million voting-age citizens lack ID that assures their ballot will count. An additional 9% are so confused about whether they have the right ID that they will be deterred from voting without clarification. Confusion about voter ID is an underestimated problem — one that is compounded by COVID-19. This year, more voters than ever will be in need of voter ID assistance.
34 states currently have voter ID laws for voting in person. Rules about what ID is required to vote by mail are different, adding layers of complexity and obstacles. Even in the best-case pandemic scenario, we will be dealing with voter fears, confusion, and lack of preparedness in November. Most states have yet to implement a barrier-free mail-in ballot procedure in response to COVID-19. At-risk voters need to be prepared to exercise their right to vote. VoteRiders is here to help, with up-to-date information and the assistance voters need to obtain their ID.
Our track record
Founded in 2012, VoteRiders is the leading nonpartisan nonprofit organization focused on voter ID. We fill a crucial gap in the pro-democracy movement with a proven model for ensuring that voters mobilized by partner organizations are actually able to vote. One example: Mi Familia Vota (MFV) Texas distributed our Texas Voter ID Info Cards as part of their canvassing effort in 6 majority-Latino precincts in Houston for the November 2016 election. While overall Harris County voter turnout decreased by 1% (vs. the 2012 election), turnout in these 6 precincts increased cumulatively by 92% and by an average of almost 9%. In 2018, turnout in the 13 precincts where MFV Texas distributed our Voter ID Info Cards increased by an average of 435%. Working with our 435+ partner organizations, we have ensured so far during the 2020 electoral cycle that at least 220,000 new voters have access to the voter ID information and assistance they need.