November 3rd is around the corner, millions of votes have already been cast, and many people are still grappling with how to support voter voice and turnout in the final weeks of the 2020 US general election. A critical element of a strong democracy is the active participation of its citizens, in politics and civic life, and the desire to ensure a just democratic election has perhaps never been stronger than it is today.
This year, in particular, is shining a much-needed spotlight on the gap in voter turnout between communities of color and white communities, largely due to voter suppression and the many other barriers that prevent minority voters from voting at the same rates as white voters. Funders of diverse political leanings are asking how they can help ensure all voters, especially historically disenfranchised communities, are supported to vote in 2020 – particularly given the COVID-19 pandemic that threatens to keep people at home. The very communities most affected by the pandemic are those that typically do not have strong turnout in national elections, and there are inspiring efforts around the country working to make these voices heard.
Here are three ways you can harness the power of philanthropy to support voter turnout right now:
- Contribute now to pooled funds.
- Invest in statewide efforts.
- Match your money with your voice.
Read the full article about supporting voter turnout at TPI.