Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.”

– John Lewis

Understanding Your Footprint

Your footprint in the world is a powerful force. It combines your impact and influence across all aspects of your life, including your family, neighborhood, workplace, schools, organizations – even social media! You already contribute to these areas by investing your time, intellect, finances, reputation, networks, voice, passion, creativity… but for many of us, political activities like voting, volunteering, or donating remain separate from the rest of our lives.

By making “saving democracy” a core part of your mission, you can start treating it as something you do all the time, rather than just during big election years. By making this an integral part of everything you do, your footprint can have a powerful and lasting impact on our democracy.

Can I Really Make a Difference?

You may think the task of engaging voters and protecting democracy is enormous – unachievable, but it’s not. If we force multiply and all take simple, every day steps to expand our influence in the places we already are, this movement can save democracy.

By using our personal footprints to lift democracy, we can spark authentic engagement on a massive scale and involve voters typically left out of the political conversation.

If you're in a service business or a customer at a salon or restaurant, that can be a powerful part of your footprint. Engagement of those you serve can lift so many into democracy.

Leverage your personal connections and communities to engage those often excluded from the political process. Consider the networks where you live as potential avenues for taking action and making a difference.

Our workplaces and professional connections can serve as robust footprints to lit democracy. In social service fields or organizations, the potential to engage suppressed voters and communities is enormous. Transform your professional footprint into an ongoing force for uplifting democracy.

Harness your social media presence to promote democratic engagement. Share links for voter registration or requesting mail-in ballots; encourage friends and followers to do the same.

Organizations, businesses, governments, and educational institutions can leverage their resources and networks to promote democratic participation. By collaborating and implementing the footprint model, these entities can help build a more inclusive, robust democracy.

Additional Resources

Voter Registration & Engagement Efforts

Ohio Organizing Collective

Relational Organizing Tools and Technology

Outreach Circle

Best Practices and Training for Organizations

Non-Profit Vote
Civic Alliance
Goods Unite Us
National Alliance to End Homelessness
National League of Cities
Rise to Vote

Voter Registration and Engagement

Alliance for Youth Action
Black Voters Matter
Center for Common Ground
The Civics Center
Field Team 6
Head Count
League of Women Voters
National Voter Registration Day
Rock the Vote
Students Learn Student Vote Coalition
Voter Participation Center
Vote Early Day
Voto Latino
When We All Vote
LUCHA (Arizona)
Mi Vecino (Florida)
New Era Colorado
New Georgia Project

Voter Registration and Engagement

Brennan Center for Justice
Democracy Docket
Voting Rights Lab