Civic Engagement

VOCAL’s Movement Vote is a non-partisan voter registration, education and get-out-the-vote effort to build power among low-income New Yorkers who are living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, drug use and incarceration.

Maria Diaz 2Our constituency and membership have relatively low rates of voter participation due to barriers such as housing instability and health problems, even though elected officials have tremendous influence over policies that affect their lives. In order to reach potential voters who are highly marginalized, we partner with social service providers that already have an ongoing relationship with them and engage in more intensive voter engagement. Our success also relies on connecting voting to issues that are directly important to people’s lives.

Movement Vote goals also include policy reforms to strengthen our democracy, including non-partisan redistricting and expanding the electorate.

Through the Yes We Count! coalition, we worked to reduce the “census undercount” in 2010 by encouraging low-income New Yorkers who are least likely to participate to participate in the census to fill out and return their forms.

Contact Jeremy Saunders at jeremy@vocal-ny.org and 917-676-8041 to find out more about participating in our Movement Vote civic engagement program.