THE #VOTERBUDDY CHALLENGE
• The Voter Buddy challenge was started because of new laws passed by many states after a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was struck down in 2013 as no longer necessary. For example, one voter-ID law would have prevented an estimated three-quarters of a million Pennsylvanians from voting, including a fifth of the population of Philadelphia. African-Americans and other minorities, as well as the elderly and the poor, would have been affected if this law had not been struck down. But other Voter-ID laws remain.
• Although the challenge was originally designed to help those who have lost their ability to vote because of new photo-ID laws, any potential voter qualifies – whether or not they have had their ability to vote taken away through one of the new laws
• We all know that stuff happens. If that stuff keeps you from finding someone to help, or if you are unable to give your buddy the particular help they need, you can still complete the challenge by going to
Step One: Be a Voter Buddy
Who needs a buddy?
• High school seniors
• College students away from home
• Busy people
How Do I Help?
• Help them register online
• Read/translate text
• Make sure they have voter ID docs (if applicable)
• Offer transportation
• Find someone who needs your help: Senior Centers, colleges, high schools, neighbors, social media friends, YMCAs and Community Centers, extended family, places of worship (churches, synagogues, mosques)
• Find the voting requirements in your state: Start with your Secretary of State's page. Look for Voter- ID requirements. You can also try http://www.canivote.org or http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx
Step 2: Get friends to do the same
Challenge your friends, and get at least one of them to try to outdo you. As long as you spread the challenge, some of the people after you are likely to find people they can help.