Friday
Oct122012

Civic Engagement

Our civic engagement work aims to educate and engage New American communities in the civic process to become effective advocates for their own communities. Year round we work towards our vision through robust programming that encourages and assists New Americans to become citizens, lobby their representatives on issues that are important to their community, and educate their neighbors and allies on issues impacting immigrants and refugees. 

Through continued political education and advocacy work, we support immigrant community members to more fully participate in the political process and build accountability from our elected officials. As the state with the third-fastest growing immigrant population in the US, and in the region facing the harshest and most persistent attacks on immigrants, increasing the visibility and impact of our civic engagement work is critical.

TIRRC aims to build on our culture and history of effective civic engagement with a strategic, visible, and volunteer-driven voter mobilization that targets immigrants and other low-propensity voters.

Thursday
Oct112012

Get Involved!

Want to get involved in TIRRC's 2012 Civic Engagement work?

 

Become a Volunteer!

TIRRC is looking for volunteers to support our efforts to engage New American voters in the election this year. Through door-to-door canvasses, phone banking, poll-watching and events, volunteers will engage with Nashville’s diverse immigrant community in conversations about the importance of voting, how to vote, and issues of importance to the immigrant community.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • No experience necessary, all volunteers will receive training.
  • Volunteer shifts are in Nashville Tuesday-Thursday evenings, Saturday all day, and Sunday afternoons
  • Volunteer shifts are 4 hours each

     

    Please email or call TIRRC’s Civic Engagement Coordinator to sign up for shifts. Please include your name and contact information in your email, which dates and shifts you are available to volunteer. Contact: Stephanie@tnimmigrant.org; 615-833-0384 x 118

Become a Poll Watcher!

The people of Tennessee could use your help. The right to vote and choose our leaders is at the heart of what it means to be an American, but some are working to rewrite our laws and set up barriers at the ballot box. Won't you volunteer as a poll watcher to make sure that any Tennessean who wants to can exercise this fundamental freedom?

Sign Up for Training: http://www.tnca.org/poll-watcher-training/

As a non-partisan poll watcher, you will be credentialed through Tennessee Citizen Action.

  • 2 hours training required to be credentialed as a poll watcher.
  • Training Dates: Saturday, October 13; Saturday, October 27; Saturday, November 3
  • Morning & afternoon sessions will be made available.
  • Review Davidson County Poll Watcher Guidelines here: http://nashville.gov/vote/poll_watcher.asp

Become a Poll Worker!

Visit your county's county election commission website to learn how you can sign up to be a poll official. Poll workers help ensure elections and the right to vote is protected. Find your county's website here.

Thursday
Sep132012

Early Voting Starts October 17th! 

So you’re registered to vote, now what?  Don’t wait until Election Day! Vote early!

In Tennessee, voters have the option to vote early from October 17th-November 1st, 2012. We urge all voters to cast their vote during early voting.  During early voting, you can vote at any early voting site. Visit your county election commission website to learn more about when and where to vote early in your county.

TIRRC urges all voters to vote early!

Don’t forget your Photo ID! By law, voters are now required to present a state- or federally-issued photo ID in order to vote. College student IDs, issued from a state school, will not be accepted. For more information about the new Photo ID law, click here.  

Who are the candidates in my district? You can find a complete list of candidates for the 2012 elections here. Not sure what your district is? Check here.

If you have questions, need more information, or need a ride to the polls please call TIRRC at 877-203-9234. Stay informed about the election. Text TNVOTE to 69866 to receive updates.

 

Vote Early in Davidson County

In Tennessee, voters have the option to vote early from October 17th-November 1st, 2012. We urge all voters to cast their vote during early voting.  During early voting, you can vote at any one of twelve early voting sites Monday-Saturday. Click here for a list of when and where you can vote early in Davidson County.

Join other New Americans and vote early. Join us during one of these early voting times.  

Tuesday, October 23rd 3pm-7pm: Crossings Event Center, 5380 Hickory Hollow Parkway 

Saturday, October 27th 10am-4pm: Coleman Park Community Center, 384 Thompson Lane

Click here for a list of when and where you can vote early in Davidson County.

Click here to see a sample ballot.

Click here to read more about using a voting machine.

Click here to watch a video demo.

For more information, visit the Davidson County Election Commission Website.

 

Vote Early in Shelby County

In Tennessee, voters have the option to vote early from October 17th-November 1st, 2012. We urge all voters to cast their vote during early voting.  During early voting, you can vote at any one of twenty early voting sites Monday-Saturday.

Click here for a list of when and where you can vote early in Shelby County.

Click here to see a sample ballot.

Click here to read more about using a voting machine.

Cick here to see a voting machine demo.

Fr more information, visit the Shelby County Election Commission Website

 

Tuesday
Jul172012

Register to Vote! 

2012 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 8, 2012

 

Am I Eligible?

To vote in Tennessee you must,

1. Be a citizen of the United States, (18) years of age or older on or before the date of the next election;

2. Be a resident of Tennessee. View Guidelines for Determining Residency. (Special Considerations for Homeless Persons Residency and Non-resident Property Owners)

3. You must not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, your full rights of citizenship must have been restored (or you must have received a pardon). View Restoration of Voting Rights.

4. In order to participate in an election, a qualified voter must be properly registered no later than thirty (30) days before the election. The election commission office will process any by-mail voter registration form that has been postmarked at least thirty (30) days before the election. T.C.A 2-2-109

 

How Do I Register?

Download and complete the Voter Registration Application and mail to your county election commission,

or, register in person at:

  • County Clerk’s Offices
  • County Election Commission Office
  • Department of Health (WIC program)
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Safety (motor vehicles division)
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Public Libraries
  • Register of Deeds Offices

 Can I Check My Registration?

Visit the Department of State website below to check the status of your Tennessee voter registration.  

Monday
Jul162012

Get Out the Vote!

Election Dates

Early voting for State Primary and County General Elections began July 3, 2012 and will continue until July 28, 2012.

Election Day for State Primary and County General Elections is August 2, 2012.

Early voting for State and Federal General Elections begins October 17, 2012 and will continue until November 1, 2012.

Election Day for State and Federal General Elections is November 6, 2012.

Click here to learn about Vote by Mail and Absentee voting.

 

Check Your Registration and Polling Place

Visit the Tennessee Department of State's website to check the status of your voter registration and the location of your 2012 polling place.

 

Learn About Tennessee's New Photo ID Law

In 2011, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a new Voter ID law that will make it more difficult for Tennessee residents to exercise their right to vote. Visit the Tennessee Department of Elections website to learn more about what documents you'll need to ensure you are able to vote this year.

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