Healthy Democracy Georgia

Mobilizing the health care community in Georgia to register patients to vote.

Healthy Democracy Georgia!

Healthy Democracy Georgia is a state based mobilization aimed at leveraging healthcare providers, hospitals, medical schools, and clinics through out the state of Georgia to help register their patients to vote.

For the last two years we have been mobilizing partners throughout the state of Georgia to build sustained power and capacity to do voter registration and voter turnout year round.

Our Theory of Change

Millions of potential voting-age Georgians are not registered to vote. This group is disproportionately made up of the young, the poor, and people of color, the very same groups that are most hurt by our broken healthcare system. Each year, there are 20 million visits to ERs, clinics, and health centers across Georgia. Helping these patients vote in health care settings is the key to inviting this hard to reach population into the democratic process.

Health Care Provider Mobilization in Georgia

Vot-ER has mobilized over 1250 health care providers who have Healthy Democracy Kits and use them on a regular basis to help their patients check their voter registration, register to vote, or get a mail in ballot to vote from home. These Vot-ER members are physicians, medical students, nurses, and social workers who each and every shift in the hospital – see the health inequities that stem from a democratic process where millions of voting-age eligible adults aren’t registered to vote and don’t have a seat at the table.

Hospital and Clinic Sites

Throughout Georgia, we partner with over 20 different health systems, hospitals, and clinics that provide direct clinical care to patients in the state. We aim to grow this list to 200 partners in the lead up to the 2022 election cycle.

First Chice Primary Care
Mercy Care (FQHC)
Neighborhood Improvement Project, Inc.
Medical Associates Plus
Emory Pediatrics
HCA/Memorial
Midtown Urology
Snapfinger Woods Pediatrics
Heartland Healthcare
First Georgia Physician Group Pediatrics
Intown Pediatrics
Upson County DFCS
HCA
Emory Pediatric Residency Program
United Way
MedLink Georgia, Inc.
Medical College of Georgia
Shepherd Center
Emory University
Healthy Future GA
Sister Song
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Emory EM Residency
Black Child Development Institute of Atlanta
Morehouse School of Medicine

These sites currently register patients using three different Vot-ER programs:

Site-Based

Posters and discharge paperwork at hospitals, health centers, and clinics across Georgia used to register patients to vote.

Healthy Democracy Kits

Used by providers to prompt patients in the moment to take an action related to civic engagement. It includes a “Ready to Vote?” lanyard, a voter registration.

Digital

Supports hospitals and community health centers to directly engage patients about voting through SMS and hospital webpages.

Healthy Democracy Campaign 2021

School-Specific Badges Give Us the Ability To Track Engagement!

Each medical school in Georgia gets access to free Healthy Democracy Kits and resources like posters, handouts, and flyers that are unique to their own school!

Statewide Scoreboard to Track Results!

We are proud to announce that we have the ability to track the number of voter registrations and mail-in ballot requests that each individual school is able to produce! This will allow us to crown a winner in Georgia.

Read about our Georgia partners in the Press!

Listen here to WABE Public Radio’s interview with Vot-ER COO Aliya Bhatia