Just Harvest encourages informed participation in every local and national election. Justice and democracy require that low-income people and their concerns be heard throughout the political process. We work to mobilize and empower low-income voters and inform the public about where candidates stand on hunger and poverty issues. We do this work through:
- Voter Registration - Registering low-income and other disenfranchised people to vote through partnerships with community organizations, labor groups, and social service agencies.
- Voter Participation Pledges - Encouraging registered voters to sign an "I Pledge To Vote!" form. We use these pledges to educate and mobilize.
- Voter Education - Providing information and hosting candidate forums about key poverty-related issues to new registrants and pledgers so they can make well-informed choices on Election Day. We also help to inform new voters about the voting process and polling place locations, and ensure voting rights by dispelling myths about disenfranchisement for past criminal convictions, identification requirements at polling places, and related ballot access issues.
- Voter Guides - Producing voter guides that include candidates’ answers on targeted questions about solutions for ending hunger and poverty. The guides are distributed to Just Harvest members, newly registered voters, pledgers, and to other low-income voters.
- Civic Participation - Together with many allies and an extensive non-partisan coalition we engage the public in taking action on legislation and policies which affect voting rights such as identification requirements and accessible polling places and voting machines.
- Voter Mobilization - Conducting non-partisan Get-Out-The-Vote drives including public events, media, phone banking and direct mail contacts to new registrants and pledgers, and face-to-face reminders at community partner agencies.