National Voter Corps mobilizes volunteers to assist voting organizations nationwide. Our voting system is in crisis.
Voter participation in elections is shockingly low for a leading developed nation. At around 55% of those eligible, voter turnout in the United States is 28th among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). (Pew Research Center)
In the last few years, voter suppression laws have increased at an alarming rate, causing confusion and anxiety in the voting populace and further dampening participation. After the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, which gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965, several states immediately passed strict voter ID laws and other unfair voting legislation. In many states, our country is making it harder for citizens to vote, not easier.
Formed in December 2016, National Voter Corps is an all-volunteer, non-partisan organization based in Silicon Valley. We seek to address the challenges people face in getting registered to vote, being informed about their state registration laws, and getting to the polls through mobilizing volunteers and building coalitions with other non-partisan voter empowerment organizations.
- Our dynamic 50-State Volunteer Map helps volunteers easily find voter empowerment organizations in each state.
- We build coalitions with groups such as Reclaim Our Vote to work with suppressed voters of color and underrepresented voting communities—minority groups, disabled citizens, young people and the elderly.
- We also focus on strengthening ties between those groups working with our most vulnerable voting populations. Access to the polls can be harder for some citizens than for others. We look for ways to work with in-state organizations to help people get to their local polling place.
Every eligible citizen votes, and all votes are counted.
We are a national, non-partisan, umbrella organization connecting volunteers with non-partisan organizations to fight voter suppression and work towards 100% voter participation.
Alice Smith, Executive Director and founder, BA Smith College, JD Golden Gate University; California Bar member; active in civil rights organizations including HRW, LWV, ACLU; retired Director of Legal Services, CSC Financial Services (EMEA).
Kaye Crawford: Founding member. Retired Contract Learning Consultant, degree in Business and certificate in Organizational Development, long-time active volunteer facilitator and counselor.
Lisa Ferino: Outreach and communications Coordinator. Former project coordinator, San Jose Peace Center; former communications and events coordinator, Stanford (US-Japan Technology Management Center); former lecturer in literature at UCLA and in Global Issues at Mission College. Periodic experience with lobbying Congress and working as volunteer coordinator with activist groups from the 80s to the present day. Ph.D., Comparative Literature, UCLA.
Amy Laden: Founding member. Retired from a long career as Director, International Services, at ReSurge International (formerly Interplast), an international volunteer reconstructive surgery NGO. Former social worker in Boston and San Jose. Spanish-speaking. BA, Mt. Holyoke College; M.S.W., San Jose State.
Stephen Matthews: Treasurer. Owner of Matthews & Associates, a private scientific and technical consulting firm. Degrees in Physics, Applied Physics, and English from Stanford.
Nervana L Nurse: 50-State Project Coordinator. BA Psychology, San Francisco State, Minor in Counseling & Sociology; Former Legal Executive Assistant General Counsel -Electric Power Research Institute. Trained in Forensic Accounting, Court Appointed Special Advocate, Officer of the Court in Alameda & Santa Clara County (RCL)
Jerry Weinberger: Founding member. NVC; Retired aerospace engineer; Former tenant rights activist; Photographer; Musician.
Christine Witzel: Secretary and Web Admin. PhD, Sociology, University of Connecticut; retired from technical and product marketing; edited She Also Served, Letters from a Navy Wife (2014).
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