The 1, 2 3s of NVRD.

We had a lot of fun on Tuesday. There’s so many stories to share, but for now, let’s stick to the numbers:

This past Tuesday, in celebration of National Voter Registration Day, the Bus Project registered 1,230 Oregonians to vote.

742 of the Oregonians we registered on NVRD are currently high school students. Next year will be the first time these young adults will be eligible to vote, and last week, the Bus Project made sure that their first eligible ballot is going to show up at their mailbox.

Students at 23 high schools and private colleges worked with their faculty, staff and professors to register voters on campuses.

Over 141 people helped the Bus Project celebrate our big holiday. In addition to dozens of voter registration drives undertaken at community centers and schools across the state, volunteers ran our afterparty, sent out posters, fed our social media, and are now conducting data entry to finalize our results. KGW and The Oregonian ran stories on Camille and Ophelia’s work at Cleveland High School.

The Bus Project orchestrated voter registration drives in 12 communities. We had volunteers registering voters in Aloha, Beaverton, Cedar Mill, Corvallis, Eugene, Forest Grove, Gresham, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Tualatin and Salem, and all throughout Portland.

We celebrated National Voter Registration Day with seven elected officials, all of whom registered voters in their own neighborhoods. Big thanks to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, State Senators Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Diane Rosenbaum and Richard Devlin, and State Representatives Val Hoyle and Ken Helm; our volunteers loved seeing elected officials committed to voter enfranchisement and civic engagement.

Attendees to our afterparty ate 120 slices of pizza. Tremendous thanks to our food donors, the Community Cycling Center for hosting us, our rockin’ friends New Zoos, and to VoteBot for bringing the dance party.

And finally, one final number for you:

Ten bucks a month is all it takes to become a Bus Driver. Please consider supporting our 501c(3) nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works to empower young people to get involved and engaged in local and statewide politics and build political power for the next generation of Oregonians.

We need you to become a Bus Member today so we can make next year’s National Voter Registration Day even bigger. We can’t do this work without you; please consider donating today.

Thanks for helping us Celebrate NVRD!

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Today‘s the Day! The Bus Project is joining over 2,000 organizations around the country who are heeding President Barack Obama’s call to celebrate National Voter Registration Day.

Here’s how we’re celebrating:


Today, Bus volunteers are running voter registration drives at Aloha, Beaverton, Catlin Gabel, Cleveland, Corvallis, Crescent Valley, De La Salle North Catholic, Grant, International School of Beaverton, Jesuit,  Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Lincoln, Oregon Episcopal School, Southridge, St. Mary’s, Sunset, Valley Catholic, Westview, and Wilson High Schools, with special help from dedicated, inspiring high school interns through our partnership with the Junior States of America.


Bus volunteers are also running voter registration drives at Concordia University, University of Portland, Lewis and Clark, Pacific University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Warner Pacific, working with student governments, rad professors, Politicorps Alumni and volunteers brave enough to wear the Vote Bot costume and walk around with a clipboard on their own campus.


Community partners in Beaverton, Corvallis, Eugene, Portland, Milwaukie, Salem and Tualatin are running voter registration drives through partnerships with organizations including the Oregon Food Bank, Disability Rights Oregon, League of Women Voters, the Rosewood Initiative, Rose CDC, Washington County and Milwaukie Public Libraries, Portland Parks and Recreation’s Dishman and East Portland Community Centers, Outside In, New Avenues for Youth, the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center, Go By Bike, Oregon Environmental Council, Human Solutions, and many more.


Numerous elected officials will be registering voters in their neighborhood libraries, high schools and community centers with Bus Project volunteers. They’re joining passionate, engaged young leaders across the state who volunteered their time to help ensure every eligible Oregonian is going to get a ballot next year. Today wouldn’t happen without the spectacular work of interns and volunteers like Lucia, Inna, Claire, Reuben, Grace, Sydney, Ernesto, Kyla, Marley, Pablo, Autumn, Tyler, Karolina, Maia and so many more. The Bus Project was founded in 2001; many volunteers who made today happen aren’t much older than the Bus itself.


Can’t make it to volunteer with us today? You should still swing by our afterparty. We’ll be rocking out at Community Cycling Center’s Warehouse in Northeast Portland starting at seven a clock tonight. We’ll listen to Portland band New Zoos, take your photo at our photobooth, and give you a chance to high five VoteBot as we eagerly tally the day’s results to see how many cards we registered across the state.

Our afterparty starts at 7pm at the Community Cycling Center Warehouse at 1805 NE 2nd Avenue, next to the new Sizzle Pie. Car parking graciously provided by the Well Community Church across the street; the venue is on TriMet Bus lines 4, 44, 16, 72, and the A and B Streetcar Loops.

Big shoutouts to our generous hosts (Thanks, CCC!) and food donors including Voodoo Doughnut, Einstein Bagels, Southland Whiskey Kitchen, Hot Lips Soda, Lagunitas Brewing, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Good Neighbor Pizzeria, Flying Pie Pizzeria, Mississippi Pizza, and Por Que No.


It takes an awful lot of partners to build a movement to empower young Oregonians to become the next generation of voters and community leaders. Civic engagement is not a spectator sport. If you’d like to help, consider donating to the Bus Project Foundation.

See you tonight at the afterparty. It’s a great time to be on the Bus.

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Officially accepting applications for Fall PolitiCorps!

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The Bus Project is expanding its summer political organizing and leadership development fellowship, PolitiCorps, to the fall and we are officially accepting applications! If you are between the ages of 19-25 and want to make a difference in the wild world of politics, then we want to hear from you!

Each year we work to give young people the skills they need to run campaigns, nonprofit organizations, and succeed in the political world. Through PolitiCorps, fellows will get the experience of working on issue campaigns through a series of field work and guest speakers. In the past we have worked on issues such as affordable housing, ban the box, climate change, minimum wage, and more.

The fellowship runs from October 8th to December 11th in beautiful Portland, Oregon and interns are required to work 8-10 hours each week. For more information and how to apply, visit or email Amy Kessler, our Leadership Development Coordinator, at We can’t wait to hear from you!

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September Update: Bustin’ a move on the Bus.

After a wildly successful legislative session this spring and bringing on our new Executive Director this summer, The Bus Project is steamrollin’ through autumn. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately, and how you can get involved. 

The Bus Project’s 2015 PolitiCorps program was a smashing success. 12 young leaders graduated from our prestigious leadership development program this August. They collected 3,100+ signatures for Raise the Wage, Renew Oregon, Oregon Climate and the Welcome Home Coalition, registered 1,118 Oregonians to vote, and made 1,500+ phone calls for campaigns including our Fresh Start Oregon initiative. Seven fellows are back in college finishing their degrees and three have already started jobs working with campaigns across the state.

We’re currently accepting applications for our fall PolitiCorps fellowship. Contact Amy, our Leadership Development Coordinator, for more information.

We’ve packed hearings across the state in support of New Motor Voter. From Redmond to Portland to Pendleton, The Bus Project and our wonderful coalition partners filled the room with passionate support and testimony for our landmark bill to expand voter enfranchisement. The final rule-making hearing for New Motor Voter is in Eugene onSeptember 24; hope to see you there.

It’s coming up! Did you know that President Barack Obama asked the country to celebrate National Voter Registration Day on September 22ndWe’re still looking for volunteers to join us at the high schools, private colleges, and comunity centers across the state joining us in celebrating voter enfrancisement by registering Oregonians to vote. We’ll be joined by a handful of Commissioners, State Representatives, Senators, and dozens of Bus volunteers. Don’t forget to swing by our NVRD AFTERPARTY beginning at 7pm at the Community Cycling Center’s Warehouse at 1805 NE 2nd Avenue. Special thanks to our partners and sponsors including Lagunitas Brewing, Hot Lips Pizza, Voodoo Doughnuts, the Community Cycling Center, the musical talents of New Zoos, and our amazing volunteers helping orchestrate this event. Come join us!

We also found time to join Instagram. Follow us (IG: oregonbusproject) for some photos of rabble-rousin’ and hands-on democracy for the next generation of Oregonians.

It’s a great time to #getonthebus.

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We’re on instagram.(ig: oregonbusproject)

Just one more way for you to keep in touch with all of the happenings of the Bus Project. In the last two week, we’ve posted photos of our voter registration drives, our recent Brewhaha! on affordable housing, our visit to Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office, and the PolitiCorps visit to Radio Tierra in Hood River.

Follow for follow. 😉


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Support New Motor Voter this September.

Support New Motor Voter this September.

The Secretary of State is hosting four public hearings on New Motor Voter across Oregon, and the Bus Project is going to be turning out our enthusiastic supporters of voting rights at every hearing.

There’s a hearing on September 3rd in North Portland, and three other hearings throughout September in Medford (Sept 1), Pendleton (Sept 9) and Eugene (Sept 24). Can we count on you to be there?

RSVP here, and help spread the word on facebook. We want to make sure young voters are at the hearings to show their support.

We’re Still Looking For Help for
National Voter Registration Day.

Last week, none other than President Barack Obama invited you to participate in America’s New Favorite Holiday, National Voter Registration Day. We’re excited to announce that our Portland-based headquarters for volunteers and afterparty will be located at the Community Cycling Center’s Office and Warehouse space on 1805 NE 2nd Avenue. We’ll be staging volunteer shifts out of the space all afternoon, and throwing down a very special NVRD afterparty starting at 7:00pm. In the meantime, save the date, RSVP on facebook and let us know how you want to help. We are in specific need of interns and volunteers with an interest in data entry, graphic design, and fundraising/development.

Get in touch if you want to help! We’re happy to help set up internships, college credit and community service hours.

We’re busy as ever, and it’s a great time to get on the Bus! Hope to see you soon.


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NVRD Interns! Come join the Bus!

National Voter Registration Day is quickly coming upon us, and we’re so excited. We’re looking for a couple more folks to join our team.


  • Conducts outreach to businesses, organizations, and partners to expand the brand and reach of National Voter Registration Day
  • Manages and tracks food/drink/materials donations to ensure swift operations for day-of event
  • Contacts local businesses for prizes, gift certificates, and other fun awards we can give away during NVRD to our wonderful volunteers
  • Processes donation paperwork / tax deductable receipts
  • Great opportunity for: individuals pursuing careers in nonprofit development, event planning, organizing, fundraising


  • Develops infographics, memes, internet-driven content for facebook, twitter, instagram to remind individuals to register to vote and participate in our NVRD festivities
  • Writes press releases, conducts media and community partner outreach
  • Designs materials for extended outreach
  • Schedules social media content to be posted in the weeks leading up to and the day of event
  • Conducts outreach to local celebrities, personalities to help extend the day-long support of NVRD
  • Great opportunity for individuals pursuing careers in social media, communications, public relations, graphic design


  • Coordinates voter registration drives at libraries, community centers, local businesses across City of Portland and State of Oregon
  • Confirms addresses/locations/contact people for each participating venue, ensures they receive materials and have volunteers as necessary.
  • Conducts outreach to new venues interested in participating with the Bus Project on National Voter Registration Day
  • Develops system to track number of cards and pledges collected from volunteers across state.
  • Great opportunity for individuals pursuing careers in community organizing, political organizing, event management/planning

Each of these positions are unpaid and five-ten hours a week, depending on applicant’s capacity; we’re happy to work with your respective institutions to help with community service hours/high school/college credit/letters of recommendation.

We’re looking for bright, upbeat, hardworking and fun-loving volunteers interested in helping ensure that we register as many eligible voters across the state of Oregon on September 22nd as possible.  Students, women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ communities encouraged to apply.

Please send a brief paragraph detailing your interest in working with the Bus Project to Aaron Brown at

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50 years ago today.

50 years ago today.

On August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act. After years of demonstrations and social unrest, the countless activists willing to risk their lives for their right as American citizens to the ballot were victorious. This landmark legislation explicitly eliminated numerous racist and classist obstructions to democracy, voter empowerment and civic engagement. With the stroke of a pen, poll taxes and literacy tests would no longer hold back millions of Americans from exercising their right to vote.

Unfortunately, in the 2013 Supreme Court case Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and asked Congress to step in and fix it. It was a huge blow to the decades of protection offered by the legislation, and equal access to the ballot remains threatened across the country. The New York Times recently profiled covert efforts to decimate many key details of the Voting Rights Act over the past five decades.

As an organization that has registered nearly 100,000 Oregonians to vote, won legislative victories for online voter registration and pre-registration for 17-year olds and recently helped pass New Motor Voter, the Bus Project remains committed to encouraging local and national officials to continue to expand access to the ballot.

In honor of the anniversary, the Center for American Progress is hosting a webinar today featuring our Executive Director, Nikki Fisher, along with representatives from NAACP and the Advancement Project and a student voting rights activist from North Carolina A&T.



Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 12:30 PST
WATCH ONLINE via computer, tablet or smartphone HERE
LISTEN IN WITH A PHONE Dial-in number: +1 (224) 501-3412; Access Code 186-622-757


Can’t make the webinar, but want to do your part to ensure that every eligible Oregonian will have a chance to cast a ballot next fall? National Voter Registration Day is right around the corner, and you know it’ll be a blast. You don’t have to take our word for it; President Barack Obama is expected to give a shout-out to our National Voter Registration Day holiday during his remarks at 11am.

– Team Bus 🚌
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Brewhaha! The Rent is Too Damn High!


The Bus Project is working with our community partners to build grassroots power in support of local and statewide solutions to our affordability crisis.

“The Rent is Too Damn High” will feature speakers Jes Larson from the Welcome Home Coalition, an organization advocating for new local revenue solutions to meet our housing demands; Vivian Satterfield from OPAL Oregon whose organization remains on the frontlines of the local environmental and social justice movements; and Orange Splot LLC’s very own Eli Spevak who works from the private sector to provide affordable and sustainable housing.

The Brewhaha will be held at 6pm this Tuesday, August 11th at the Green Dragon Pub, located at 928 SE 9th Avenue in Portland.

RSVP on facebook today!

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Now Hiring: Oregon New Motor Voter Coordinator.


The Oregon New Motor Voter Coalition seeks a New Motor Voter Coalition Coordinator to ensure a successful, inclusive, and broadly empowering first election cycle of Oregon’s landmark New Motor Voter law. Oregon expects to add upwards of 300,000 new voters to the rolls in 2016 following passage of America’s first fully modernized voter registration law, and the coalition behind the law’s construction and passage is seeking an experienced organizer and advocate to work with coalition partners, elected and appointed officials, and voter mobilization organizations to ensure a smooth and successful implementation process of Oregon’s New Motor Voter law, as well as highly leveraged education and mobilization of newly added New Motor Voters in the 2016 election.

The right applicant will be capable of managing diverse coalitions, navigating the policy advocacy and implementation landscape, planning and executing voter registration and get out the vote drives, running controlled experiments, and fundraising for ambitious projects.

For more, check out the full job description, posted below.

Oregon New Motor Voter Coalition Coordinator Job Announcement

If You’re Interested: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to by August 14th.

Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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