Voter Education

AAUW is dedicated to making sure every woman is registered and has all the information she needs to cast her vote.

Chalk outline of the word VOTE.

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Our voter education work aims to increase women’s political influence and educate voters on issues that are important to women and girls. These targeted efforts help increase the number of women voting in national elections. And when women vote, they can determine the outcome of an election.

Take part by planning a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) event in your state, branch, or community. Be sure to let us know about your plans through the upcoming event form so we can send you free materials and help support your event. Afterwards, tell us how it went so we can spotlight your success.

Voter Registration

AAUW members have a long tradition of registering voters. Get involved by organizing a voter registration drive in your community or on a local college campus. Our online registration tool makes it easy. Don’t forget: a successful voter registration drive must be a compliant one! Be sure to review our guide to GOTV dos and don’ts.

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Voter Education

AAUW states and branches work to educate and empower voters by sponsoring nonpartisan issue forums, debates, and meet-the-candidate events in their communities. Materials like our AAUW Issue Quick Facts and AAUW Voter Issue Guide highlight issues important to young women voters such as the gender pay gap, health care, and reproductive rights. Browse the AAUW Action Fund site for additional resources designed to help you learn about the issues and to motivate others to take action.

Ballot Initiatives

In many states, ballot initiatives and referenda will either advance or undermine AAUW public policy priorities. Together with AAUW state leaders, we will disseminate voter education materials on issue areas that will appear on the ballot. See the results of our 2014 ballot initiative work.

Technical Assistance

AAUW members planning GOTV activities can request technical assistance by contacting the AAUW Public Policy and Government Relations Department at 202.785.7793 or VoterEd@aauw.org. Request free materials like pins, buttons, voter issue guides, and more through the upcoming event form. Additionally, the Woman-to-Woman Voter Turnout manual offers strategic advice for AAUW branches working to mobilize women voters.