MyVote Democracy at Work Project




The MyVote Democracy at Work Project invites businesses, state and local government and nonprofit organizations to strengthen our democracy by engaging in nonpartisan activities that encourage their employees, customers and members to participate in elections. The project offers ideas to spark creativity in spreading the word about voting, and recognizes the civic spirit of everyone who takes part by listing them on the Secretary of State's website.

You can help to improve voter participation in California by using your favorite forms of communication to send brief nonpartisan messages about upcoming elections to your employees, customers or members.

Whether you choose email, text messaging, an online newsletter, website or printed material, the Democracy at Work Project provides easy-to-use tools to help you inspire others be more civically engaged.

Getting Started

We welcome your ideas and creativity as you choose the voter outreach method that feels right for you. Here are some easy ways to get started:

Step One: Choose a simple nonpartisan message about voting from the Democracy at Work Project's two-page sampler of ideas, or create one of your own. Each message contains a brief reminder of a key deadline to register to vote, request a vote by mail ballot or cast a ballot on Election Day. All include a link to the Secretary of State's website, where people will find the tools and information they need to be active and informed voters. Or use our sample article on the Democracy At Work Project in a newsletter or email to encourage members of your organization to participate.

Step Two: Load the MyVote Election Information button onto your web page. It links to the Secretary of State's Voting In California page, which provides easy access to voter registration forms, vote-by-mail ballot request forms, ballot information and answers to frequently asked questions about elections and voting. The MyVote button and instructions for installing it are available at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/bug/bug.htm.

Step Three: Print a "Just a reminder" poster or a "Change your ringtone" poster about voting and display it where employees gather, or promote the paper-free way to become a voter, with an Online Voter Registration poster. Consider organizing a nonpartisan voter registration event for employees. Participants in the MyVote Democracy at Work Project have made voter registration materials available to employees during their lunch hours or at a company-sponsored "election fair" that employees could visit throughout the day.

Voters on the Move

Many registered voters don't realize that when they move to a new address, they need to re-register to vote. Other Californians registering to vote for the first time may not know where they can easily access the information they need to take part in our democracy.

You can provide a valuable service to your customers, members or employees, and help strengthen our democracy, by using the tools shown below to remind them to register or re-register to vote when they move.

Whose customers are voters on the move?

  • Realtors and escrow agents
  • Rental property owners and managers
  • Banks, mortgage lenders and brokers
  • Moving and storage companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Public and private utilities (electricity, gas,
    water and telephone)
  • Internet, cable and satellite TV providers

Change-of-Address Voter Outreach Tools

Want to know more?

For more information about the MyVote Democracy At Work Project, please contact - Voter Education and Outreach Services, at (916) 651-3070 or DemocracyAtWork@sos.ca.gov.

MyVote Democracy at Work Project Participants

Secretary of State Debra Bowen proudly recognizes the exemplary contributions to improving participation in our democracy by the MyVote Democracy at Work Project participants:

Organizations
AARP
Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors
Burbank Chamber of Commerce
California Apartment Association
California Association of Health Plans
California Bankers Association
California Nurses Association
California Professional Firefighters
California Teachers Association
Faculty Association of California Community Colleges
Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce
Fullerton Chamber of Commerce
Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce
Local Health Plans of California
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles County Business Federation
Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce
Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Women Business Owners - Los Angeles
National Association of Women Business Owners - Orange County
Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce
San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce
South Bay Association of Realtors
Southwest California Legislative Council
The Valley Economic Alliance
Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce
Valley Industry and Commerce Association
Companies and Nonprofit Employers
The Aerospace Corporation
Alameda Alliance for Health
Alameda County Office of Education
AltaMed Health Services Corporation
American Honda Motor Company
California Department of Veterans Affairs
California National Guard
CalOptima
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Chiquita Brands International
City of Hope
Clif Bar & Company
Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers
Delta Dental of California
Dignity Health
Exxon Mobil
Fox Entertainment Group
Health Net, Inc.
Hot Dog on a Stick
Jack in the Box, Inc.
Jelly Belly Candy Company
Keck Medical Center of USC
Kia Motors America, Inc.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Los Angeles County Office of Education
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Mattel, Inc.
Mazda North American Operations
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
NBC Universal
Northrop Grumman
Paramount Pictures
Port of Los Angeles
Providence Health & Services - California
Qualcomm
Round Table Pizza, Inc.
San Joaquin County Office of Education
Scripps Health
Sempra Energy
Shakey's USA, Inc.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.
Southern California Gas Company
Sunrider International
Sutter Health
Togo's Eateries, Inc.
Toyota Motor Sales, USA
University of California System
Warner Bros. Entertainment Group, Inc.
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

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