Voting rates among low-income Americans are the lowest of all population groups. Traditional voter engagement registration efforts have had limited success. RQI has developed a unique, nonpartisan, cost-effective strategy that results in people in low-income communities seeing the value of voting, feeling motivated to vote, and able to overcome obstacles to voting. The Right Question Voter Engagement Strategy directly addresses that fundamental problem by making visible small and large decisions that affect us every day. It starts with an exercise for participants to see how capable they are of thinking clearly about a key decision they make every day. Then, participants make the link to decisions made by public officials that may be more difficult to see.
This strategy is particularly effective for engaging traditional non-voters among youth and in low-income communities. It can be used in a wide range of settings, including high schools, adult literacy programs, social service agencies, and community organizations.
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 don’t think I have ever had a student who have voted before, except maybe voting for homecoming queen or teacher of the year. Other than that they never voted in an election to the city council, the school board or anything else… After doing the workshop many students gained an appreciation voting is a right and is an important freedom… had quite a few that actually voted. They come back really proud. They went to the county elections and voted for the school board. It actually makes a difference.
I learned that my opinion counts.
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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