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VotER

Help VotER Incorporate

Incorporation into a nonprofit structure that advances voter registration mission

Posted April 15, 2020

Background & Context

We are moving fast to do healthcare based voter registration and have raised funds and in order to use those funds we have developed a partnership with a nonprofit. Read more: https://vot-er.org/press/. We are using this nonprofit as our fiscal vehicle. The success of our project at this time is evident and we are very much interested in now switching gears a little bit. We would like to back away a little bit from the actual task and actions we taken to forward our mission and instead devote some energy into nonprofit formation. We do not have to break any contracts or re-negotiate any structures with the original Nonprofit we used as a fiscal vehicle.

Work & Deliverables

Nonprofit charter documents and advice on how to proceed

Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • Read through of previous work at https://vot-er.org/press/
  • Conversation about background of VotER

Collaboration Phase

  • Evaluate c3 vs c4 vs BCORP as options for our work.

Wrap Up

Details to be provided at a later date

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 6-10 hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Deliverables Due: June 15, 2020
  • 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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