This blog post is part of a series sharing voter registration and civic engagement tips and ideas from health center advocates. If your health center is offering voter registration and you would like to write a guest blog post, email your post to CHCVote@nachc.org.
Guest blog post by Susan Noon, MBA, APR, Director of Marketing & Development with Bi-State Primary Care Association
Creating “Get Out The Vote” Posters for VT and NH
To alleviate voter confusion about how and when to register to vote, Bi-State Primary Care Association (www.bistatepca.org) has adapted NACHC’s “Get out the Vote” materials to produce two posters on “how, where, and when” to register to vote in NH and VT (using official Secretary of State language). The posters were designed so our health center members could print the posters at letter or legal size on their own printers to hang in waiting areas and exam rooms. A line on the posters tells those who are homeless, disabled, or victims of domestic violence that assistance is available to enable them to vote.
Bi-State’s Strategic Communications Committee, comprised of communications staff and executive directors from Community Health Centers, meet via conference call bi-monthly to coordinate internal and external messaging and share best practices around access to primary and preventive health care.
I incorporated the design and verbiage on NACHC’s Get out the Vote materials and added state-specific information taken from the Secretary of State “voter information” website pages for NH and VT. Each state is different and the information must be factual so it’s important to use official language as it is written. I found a picture of an American flag online for the background and screened it back to 10% transparency so it wouldn’t interfere with the lettering. I used Adobe In Design software (but there several others one could use) to create the posters and saved them as PDFs to email to our members.
>>Have you created Get Out The Vote posters for your health center? Let us know! Send an email to CHCVote@nachc.org. You can also order posters from Community Health Vote here, or from our partner Nonprofit Vote here.