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Elections and Voter Engagement
Can Pennsylvania 501(c)(3) nonprofits engage in election and voter engagement activities?
Absolutely. Nonprofits have the constitutional right and responsibility to engage in the electoral and policy-making processes. Though federal regulations require that nonprofits remain strictly nonpartisan (neither supporting nor opposing candidates for elected office), there is still so much that can and should be done including voter education guides, voter registration, get-out-the-vote drives and candidate forums. Each of these activities is legally permissible if conducted in a strictly non-partisan manner. You will find excellent resources below to help get you started.
Political Activity and Tax-Exempt Status from the National Council of Nonprofits
Great Get Out the Vote Resources from Nonprofit Vote
Voting and Registering to Vote in PA:
VotesPA Register to Vote in Pennsylvania
(Monday, October 6th, 2014 was the last date to register for the November 4, 2014 Election)