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VotER

Community Health Center Civic Engagement Grant Program

support voter registration non profit creating grant program for registration work at CHCs.

Posted January 13, 2022

Background & Context

VotER is a nonpartisan 501c3 affiliated nonprofit with a mission to use healthcare settings as a place to register folks to vote or help them get their mail in ballot, as explained in this New York Times piece about our work(https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/25/us/in-era-of-sickness-doctors-prescribe-unusual-cure-voting.html).


We give providers a tool that allows them to help their patients register to vote. The Healthy Democracy Kit we make and ship for free to all health care providers contain VotER badges that accompany a provider’s hospital ID with a QR code enabling patients to register to vote or obtain an absentee ballot.

Vot-ER is now establishing a mini-grant program to support community health centers in running voter education and registration programs to ensure their patients have the information they need to participate safely in elections.

Immediate Problem

We need to draft and finalize a contract for our mini-grant participants outlining their commitments and the payment schedule.

Work & Deliverables

Advise on and draft contract for new mini-grant program for community health center civic engagement project.

Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • Intro call with project manager

Collaboration Phase

  • prepare contract
  • review documents

Wrap Up

  • review contract with project manager

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Signup Deadline: February 15, 2022
  • Deliverables Due: March 10, 2022
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
VotER

In total, 51 million potential voting-age adults are not registered to vote in the United States. This group is disproportionately made up of the young, the poor, and people of color. These are also the same groups that disproportionately overutilize the ER for non-emergency care because they lack access to traditional forms of healthcare. VotER is a civic engagement startup launched through a collaboration between Massachusetts General Hospital, TurboVote, and ideas42. We offer patients a chance to register to vote using a combination of site-based, digital, and healthcare provider based voter registration methods. Our early pilots have resulted in significant demand from over 50 hospitals across the country in two months - and we are confident this model and ongoing COVID19 adjustments will lead to large increases in voter registration rates.

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