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Legal Guardrails

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 allows hospitals to facilitate nonpartisan voter registration for interested patients. (The same law also designated DMVs and all state agencies that provide public assistance as voter registration agencies.).

Furthermore, the Health Resources & Services Administration has affirmed that community health centers can conduct "nonpartisan voter registration efforts as a means of reducing barriers to civic engagement within the communities they serve."

Because patients voluntarily enter their information using their own devices, these activities are not subject to HIPAA regulations.

For more information on legal guidelines, visit www.vot-er.org/faqs.

Training Videos

Talking to Patients About Voting

Conversation Starters

Do you smoke? Do you drink? Are you safe at home? Are you registered to vote?

We’re all done with this part of your history. I now want to transition to something else that’s really important to your health and wellbeing, and that’s voting. Are you registered to vote?

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