Voter empowerment, for us, is not just about getting people out to vote— it is about engaging our electoral power to transform government into what it’s always promised: democracy. Each year, we knock on tens of thousands of doors to connect with our neighbors and register them to vote. We support each other with pamphlets and rides, childcare and translation, overcoming the barriers to voting that threaten to keep us on the wrong end of bad policy-making. Voter empowerment brings new citizens into the political process, building a loud collective voice for our communities and lighting the spark of hope for change. With the stroke of a pen in the ballot box, many of us see ourselves, for the first time, as the makers of history.
Each year we mobilize thousands to vote, running one of the largest get-out-the-vote operations in the state. Since our founding in 1996, we have increased voter turnout by 50% in the lowest-income precincts of our cities, and by 400% in neighborhoods with historically-low voter engagement.