When your PTA begins planning its election activities, there are some dates you need to know.
Remember, every state has different procedures and deadlines so you will need to check with either your state’s secretary of state office or your local county elections office to get this information. Start by finding out the following information:
- Does your state host primaries or caucuses?
- What is the last day to register to vote for the primary or caucus?
- Does your state have open or closed primaries? (Open primaries allow people to vote for any candidate they choose regardless of what party they are registered with.)
- What is the date of the primary or caucus?
- What is the last day to register to vote for the general election?
- What is the date of the general election?
- What rules govern non-profit voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives in your state?
Types of events and activities PTAs organize
Election season can be a great time for PTAs to get our message out and let candidates and voters know our positions on important issues impacting the lives of children. Below is a list of possible activities your PTA can do:
- Host a candidates’ forum.
- Hold a voter registration drive at you school.
- Publish a PTA voter’s guide.
- Send out a PTA candidate questionnaire and publish responses.
- Host a debate for local candidates for public office.
- Take positions on ballot measures.
- Run a get-out-the-vote drive with PTA members.
- Run a mock election at your school for students.
- Host a presidential debate-watching party.