What if patients have questions about voter registration that I cannot answer?
We partnered with VoteRiders to create a patient helpline with a chatbot and live person available 24/7 in English and Spanish.
Do I have to get approval before wearing a Vot-ER badge?
The vast majority of health care workers do not need to get approval. As a healthcare professional, you’re free to place any information on your ID badge that is helpful to you and your patients. The important thing to remember is that patients choose whether to use Vot-ER’s registration platform and when they do so, they share information on their own phones. In short, you are offering patients an opportunity to access voter information—you’re not conducting the registration yourself.
Is it legal to conduct voter registration activities in hospitals and other healthcare settings?
Yes, it's legal for hospitals and other healthcare facilities to conduct nonpartisan voter registration and education activity.
The IRS explicitly states that “501(c)(3) organizations may conduct voter engagement", and the Health Resources & Services Administration has affirmed that community health centers can run "non-partisan voter registration efforts as a means of reducing barriers to civic engagement within the communities they serve."