- State Voices
What are state tables? They’re networks of grassroots organizations working to ensure all citizens, especially those underrepresented Americans who make up the emerging majority, are mobilized and engaged. They range in size and focus – from large statewide organizations to smaller, community-based non-profits – but all their work is nonpartisan. They come together across issues and communities, leveraging their collective power to catalyze change.
State tables are premised on a simple idea we learn at a young age: it’s good to share.
State tables are premised on a simple idea we learn at a young age: it’s good to share. Participating organizations develop a shared strategy. They share data. They share tools and technology. They share expertise and experts who help them conduct their work. They share what they learn in the field. Most importantly, they share a common dream: an America where 100% of eligible voters successfully cast a ballot on Election Day, and where every person exercises their power to impact the decisions that shape our nation.
The model is based on the belief that by acting together, we accomplish more than acting alone. However, “state table” is not just shorthand for “collaboration.” It is a highly disciplined approach to achieving long-term progress. Year-round, every year, table partners come together across issues and communities to agree on a common strategy, align their activities for maximum impact and measure their collective progress.
In doing so, they create a thriving community where diverse organizations learn from each other, build trust, cultivate durable relationships and accelerate change. State tables provide the ongoing structure necessary to ensure the collaboration’s success – a backbone for nonpartisan civic engagement in their states.
Putting all those factors together means one thing: more civic engagement victories – more underrepresented voters heading to the polls and more laws and policies that benefit our states and communities.