Make Visible the Decisions that Affect Us Every Day

I see that if I don’t vote, then other people are going to keep making decisions for me. This, at least, gives me a chance to have a say in who’s going to be making those decisions.

-Adult learner in a literacy program, Indiana

 

Voting rates among low-income Americans are the lowest of all population groups. Traditional voter engagement efforts have barely moved the needle. 

We are ready to change that. At RQI, we have learned from people in low-income communities around the country about the obstacles to their participating in decisions that affect them. They have named what is stopping them from voting: They do not feel that their voice matters, and they do not see the connection between their lives and the decisions elected officials make.

The unique, nonpartisan, and scalable Right Question Voter Engagement Initiative offers an educational strategy designed to increase voting rates for the long term. The Right Question Strategy helps people learn to ask their own questions, participate more effectively in decisions, and see the connections between the services they receive and decisions made by elected officials. We have seen over and over again the transformative effect of the strategy as it allows people to develop a sense of agency and see for themselves the value of voting.

The Right Question Strategy can be used if you are working with individuals in one-to-one social service settings or in a workshop or group-learning experience. It is a free, simple, and powerful way to bring more people into the voting booth. Our democracy urgently needs to hear the voices of people who have traditionally not voted.

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Discovering the Value of Voting and Having a Voice, from Arizona to Pennsylvania

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I see that if I don’t vote, then other people are going to keep making decisions for me. This, at least, gives me a chance to have a say in who’s going to be making those decisions.

I can use what I learned to participate in community decisions and in all daily aspects of my life.

I was always trying to figure out how to get my students to see why they should vote, but I never had an effective way for doing it. The Right Question Strategy is amazing. It works like magic. It gets them to see on their own why voting is important.

I thought about things that never would have crossed my mind. I really want to vote now and I feel much better prepared to vote!

Students were more engaged than ever. They came back the next day excited about conversations they are having with other people about the election. They are more motivated to vote and feeling more confident about their ability to understand what’s going on and to have a say in the elections.

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