Join #SWRocktheVote Campaign!

updatedswrockthevoteThe National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is proud to join Social Work Helper Magazine and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and Council on Social Work Education in a voter registration campaign from Rock the Vote .

Social workers have long played a key role in ensuring all Americans have the right to vote.  Social workers supported the Voting Rights Act of 1965. And NASW continues to push Congress to restore voting rights protections that were gutted by a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

We are launching an online and on-the-ground voter registration campaign (#SWRocktheVote) across the nation. We ask that each social worker and social work student get involved by registering five people to vote by September 30.

Here are ways you can register people to vote:

  1. Social Work Helper App
  2. Rock the Vote Partner Web Link
  3. Mail in Registration Form  *
  4. Candidate and voter registration information from NASW.

*Twenty two states impose penalties if mail-in forms are not turned in within 48 hours after they are collected.

We also invite you to take a photo with our #SWRocktheVote Campaign Sheet (swrockthevoteupdate) telling us why voting is important and post on social media using the hashtag #SWRocktheVote!


Additional NASW Resources:

NASW Advocacy Website

Social Work Blog

NASW Code of Ethics on Social and Political Action

Information about Rock the Vote Campaigns:

Voter Registration FAQ  

In the News

Divided America: This Associated Press series looks at why Americans are voting the way they do.


  1. I voted yesterday. It was great to see a crowd at the elections site at 10:00 a.m. on a Monday. The process was smooth and thorough. While poll-watching, it was great to see:
    –they required photo ID
    –they required verbal confirmation by memory of your primary address
    –they printed your ballot as you checked in to ensure the appropriate precinct was credited with your vote
    –they managed the line to ensure the voting booths were entirely private (no one standing behind you to see your ballot)
    –they were cordial and assisted several people with special needs in an open, non-judgmental way
    –they constructed the cellular space to facilitate timely and correct flow of voters.

    I encourage everyone who is legally registered to vote to do so!

  2. I really want to be a member of NASW. How do I go about it. Thanks

  3. Monica L. Driscoll-Newson

    Rock the vote!

    • Kathleen Diegelman

      Wondering if there are any other Social Workers out there that are true to the Social Work values and ethics but REFUSE to vote for Hillary Clinton? It’s funny….in college and graduate school Social Work values are drilled into our head, yet ironically those values of diversity don’t apply to the Social Worker themselves- just our clients. I’m “not allowed” to be a Republican or a Catholic AND be a Social Worker. For some strange reason, I cannot have personal beliefs outside of Social Work. I must live and breathe Social Work values. NASW and the schools of Social Work need to embrace diversity in ALL PEOPLE including those in the profession. Thanks for listening. I’m sure I’ll get a lot of hate mail but whatever. I love my profession and I love God.

    • Kathleen,

      I’m in your corner. It is perfectly ethical to be a Christian and a Republican to embody Social Work values. The ethics and values are guidelines for helping our clients and ourselves, as well as the profession and society. They do not dictate how services should be funded or administered. We should embrace beliefs and backgrounds of all people, understanding their personhoods and systems.

      As such, please vote for the candidates of your choice. Follow your head and your heart.

  4. Monica L. Driscoll-Newson

    Social Workers get a bad rap, far too bad and far too often! Taking a child out of an abusive home is not too spite the parents; it is too save the child. Finding a way for those who love each other, hetero or homosexual, is not too upset or offend anyone; rather it is to bring two people together, who love each other and spend a life doing so. Maybe we ought to be cut a little bit of a break, make more than the tiny amount of those who believe we ought to make, and be respected a whole lot more because our job does not end at the end of the work day; rather we take it home with us. Please respect and consider what social wokers are up against. Then have a great day!

    • We are rocking the vote in Washington! Making certain people understand how important it is to make change in America. We need to keep America strong and safe and our Rock the Vote efforts are helping the dense riders bend to the core of American values we have lost over the years.

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