Movement

Vote Early Day

Website:

www.voteearlyday.org

Formation:

2020

Type:

Voter mobilization movement

Vote Early Day is a movement by a coalition of nonprofits and businesses which encourages voters to use early ballots and wants October 24 to become the official “Vote Early Day” holiday.

Though Vote Early Day was initially spearheaded by the media company, MTV,[1] it has become a project of New Venture Fund, a left-of-center grantmaking fund run by Arabella Advisors, a nonprofit consulting firm for other left-of-center nonprofit funds. Conventionally, higher voter turnout rates are assumed to benefit Democrats, though the data on recent elections are more ambiguous. [2] [3]

Vote Early day spent $100,000 on a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal on May 12, 2020, which encouraged business leaders to promote early voting for their employees and customers. The ad listed support from twenty-six major corporations, including Twitter, Viacom/CBS, and Patagonia. [4]

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger are members of Vote Early Day’s committee. [5]

Early Voting Resources

Vote Early Day’s website provides links to each state’s early voting laws and registration for early voting access, as well as access to early voting for military personnel. [6]

In 2016, 40 percent of voters voted before Election Day. [7] The objective of Vote Early Day is to increase the early voting rate, particularly by targeting young voters. [8] The organization also intends to counteract the negative impact of COVID-19 on voting rates. [9]

Partner Organizations

Vote Early Day’s coalition consists of 72 of left-of-center nonprofits, media outlets, social media groups, and other corporations, including:[10]

References

  1. “Vote Early Day effort launches to get more people, especially young voters, to the polls.” USA Today. March 10, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/03/10/vote-early-day-effort-launches-get-more-people-young-voters-polls/5002061002/. ^
  2. Cohn, Nate. “Huge Turnout Is Expected in 2020. So Which Party Would Benefit?” New York Times. July 15, 2019. Accessed May 13, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/upshot/2020-election-turnout-analysis.html. ^
  3. Mehta, Dhrumil. “Increased Voter Turnout Could Benefit Republicans Or Democrats In 2020.” FiveThirtyEight. February 21, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/increased-voter-turnout-could-benefit-republicans-or-democrats-in-2020/. ^
  4. “Bipartisan group urges people to vote early in 2020 election.” New York Post. May 11, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020. https://nypost.com/2020/05/11/bipartisan-group-urges-people-to-vote-early-in-2020-election/. ^
  5. “Leadership & Advisors.” Vote Early Day. Accessed May 13, 2020. https://www.voteearlyday.org/about-us. ^
  6. “How to Vote Early.” Vote Early Day. Accessed May 13, 2020. https://www.voteearlyday.org/how-to. ^
  7. “Voting Early is Easier Than Ever – So We’re Making It A Holiday.” MTV. March 10, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020. http://www.mtv.com/news/3159212/vote-early-day-what-to-know/. ^
  8. “Vote Early Day effort launches to get more people, especially young voters, to the polls.” USA Today. March 10, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/03/10/vote-early-day-effort-launches-get-more-people-young-voters-polls/5002061002/. ^
  9. “Creating Awareness.” Vote Early Day. Accessed May 13, 2020. https://www.voteearlyday.org/about-us. ^
  10. “Premiere Partners.” Vote Early Day. Accessed May 13, 2020. https://www.voteearlyday.org/about-us. ^
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