National Civic Action:
Promote the Vote
Since Girl Scouts’ founding in 1912, our members have created lasting, positive change through advocacy and civic action. And though some girls may be too young to cast a ballot, they can still mobilize their communities to take action like a Girl Scout.
As we mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which removed the gender restriction to voting, Girl Scouts is launching a national “Promote the Vote” initiative to engage Girl Scout troops in the democratic process.
Voting is arguably our most important civic duty—but barriers still exist. In many parts of the country, voting laws and protocols make it difficult for many people, especially people of color, to cast their votes in local and federal elections. In other words, there’s work to be done—and girls can play a part!
We all have a role in helping people exercise their right to participate in the democratic process, including in this challenging time of COVID-19.
Here’s how your Girl Scout troop can promote the vote:
- Discuss the importance of voting. Lead your girls in
a conversation (PDF) about
why voting is essential and the power they have to increase access
to the vote and to encourage others to vote, even if they are too
young to vote themselves. (Hint: your troop could earn one of our
new Democracy badges in the process!)
- Make a
plan and set a goal. With your girls, decide which action(s) you’ll
take to encourage people to register to vote and make a plan to
vote, and how many people you’ll reach out to. There are so many
ways your girls can share
key information (PDF) and get the word out! Senior and
Ambassador troops can register (or pre-register) to vote and make
plans to cast their ballots together!
your story on social media. Research shows that if you persuade one
person to vote, they’ll likely influence at least one additional
friend or family member to vote too! If you use social to educate
and inspire others to vote, be sure to tag us using
- Complete our
survey so your troop’s impact can be counted in our national
- Encourage your girls’ ongoing civic engagement through working to earn our new Democracy badges and using GSUSA’s suffrage toolkit.
For more voting resources, check out: