This primer features information on how to support opportunities to register people to vote through public assistance agencies.
Advocates know the importance of lifting up in the democratic process the voices of communities affected by poverty, hunger, lack of resources for health care or housing, and racial discrimination. The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) is one of the most important and effective ways to ensure better participation and representation of low-income people in the political process.
Anti-hunger, anti-poverty, and health care access advocates are well-positioned to play an important role in ensuring NVRA implementation because of their strong relationships with many of the state agencies that administer SNAP, Medicaid, and TANF and their expertise in how state public assistance agencies operate. Advocates also have strong connections to the clients served by these agencies and are more likely to understand the importance of engaging low-income people and people of color in the democratic process.