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Preparing For Election Day - A Mobilizing Guide For DU Activists

I created this guide so we here at DU can get the maximum possible turnout we can! If we can push for a near-record turnout, we win!

I compiled this list from several sources.

Updated every day until Election Day.



Get Out the Vote
In recent decades, about 60% of the eligible voting population votes during presidential elections and about 40% during midterm elections.

What can we do to get out the vote?

1. Volunteer at a Phone Bank – Phone banks can be a lot of fun. They’re usually set up in offices that have been filled with telephones and access to a computer so you can easily make a call and also record the results of the call. Sometimes you get through to the voter and have a good conversation. Sometimes people remain undecided. Either way, you’ve made “voter contact” that can help boost turnout. Plus, phone banks usually have great snacks! Volunteers are needed to participate in a mix of different types of phone-banking, such as: calling voters who have indicated they are, or may be, in need of voter ID assistance; calling voters likely to have voting questions calling organizations that may be interested in using VoteRiders tools and services. Sign Up Here.

2. Phone Bank from Your Own Home – If you can’t get to an actual phone bank, campaigns may set up a digital system you can log into from your home computer. On the weekends, calls might be made between 10 a.m. and 6 or 7 p.m. During the week, calls are often made in the afternoon up until 9 p.m. You can sign up for as much or as little time as you have available.

3. Canvas Door-to-Door – Of the many ways you can help persuade undecided voters, knocking on their doors is evidently the most effective. It is the number one most powerful way to convince undecided voters to support our candidate.

4. Write Postcards. Volunteer to personally reach out to voters by writing and mailing postcards with All In Together or get trained to participate in a phone tree. Just an hour or more a week can make a difference! Sign Up Here.
“Hand written postcards improve voter turnout” thread on DU:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100216987805

5. Write Letters. VoteRiders letter-writing program is currently targeted towards voters in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin who are likely to have voter ID and voting-related questions. Volunteers are provided scripts, voter lists and a VoteRiders’ letterhead template. Current plans also include a fun and productive Zoom letter-writing party co-hosted by the “Hamilton” cast & crew, along with numerous independent letter-writing parties. Sign Up Here.

6. Do Peer to Peer Texting. HeadCount is running a robust nonpartisan peer-to-peer texting program that will help voters register and make a plan to vote. The texting takes place during 2-hour evening sessions. Volunteers can sign up for existing sessions or, if there is interest within a company, HeadCount can set up a specially scheduled session for the team. Sign Up Here.

7. Host a House Party – If you’re in a community where you know there are a lot of undecided voters, host a house party. Invite your neighbors in to discuss what they care about, and make sure you know where your candidate stands on the most important issues at stake. Some local candidates may drop by your house party to meet voters and answer questions!

8. Attend a Candidate Debate – Though it’s difficult to score tickets for a presidential debate, it’s much easier to get into a debate among candidates running for state and Congressional office, like governor or U.S. Senator. Attending a debate gives you a lot of credibility when you do other kinds of voter contact. You can say, “I was at the debate, and I was struck by Candidate X’s approach to solving this problem you care so much about.” Plus, it’s so cool to be in the room.

9. Help Register People to Vote – No matter how much money candidates spend on ads, only one thing really matters on Election Day, and that’s how many people vote. Clearly, the more people who are registered to vote, the better. RocktheVote lists voter registration deadlines in every state. Guac the Vote is a new initiative by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to register voters at taco trucks! Also, contact your local League of Women Voters and check out Clean Air Moms Action to find out how you can help.

10. Drive Voters To a Dropbox Or a Polling Location – Many elderly and ailing people would happily vote if they could only get to the polls. Some counties only have one dropbox, and/or a polling location may be a bit further this year. If you are healthy and able, offer to drive a family member, friend, or neighbor to vote. Remember, many states offer early voting, so you may not have to wait until November 8 to do this good deed!

11. Hand Out Literature at the Polls – You’d be surprised how many people show up to vote on Election Day and still don’t know who they’ll vote for. When they stop to chat, you can help secure their vote by asking if they knew a surprising fact about the candidate, answer whatever questions they still have, and hand out your candidate’s literature.

12. Wear a Button – This is maybe the easiest way to promote a candidate. Yet it’s also very effective. It’s non-confrontational but a very obvious way to show your support for the person you’re trying to elect.

13. Post Lawn Signs – This is on par with wearing a button, but this might reach even more people if your sign goes up on a busy corner where people can see it coming from all directions. Be aware of local ordinances that may restrict sign placement.

14. Slap on a Bumper Sticker – A bumper sticker is your car’s equivalent of a button, though because you reach so many more people when you drive, the impact might actually be much greater. This article makes a pretty persuasive case for bumper stickers.

15. Use Your Social Media Clout – Facebook and Twitter are great ways to share opinions, both about candidates’ positions and about the importance of voting. You can share pictures of yourself campaigning on Instagram and Pinterest, and encourage your friends to do the same. Keep friends informed with social media: early voting locations/hours, election day voting locations/hours, and ballot dropoff locations vary from state to state and county to county. Share I am a voter.’s IG Story about the important deadlines in your state!

16. Donate – Every campaign needs money. You are able to donate during the general election up to the $2500.00 maximum. Even if you can’t bring yourself to write a check, chip in a few bucks to pay for the gas someone may need to drive to a neighborhood to canvas or vote.

17. Offer Babysitting To Volunteers and Voters – Offer to babysit. If you have a teenager who is not old enough to vote but can watch younger children, ask them if they’d be willing to volunteer to babysit so parents can go out and vote. Want to canvas or phone bank but don’t know what to do with the kids? Find a friend in the same boat and share childcare duties. Single parents or working parents may not be able to leave their children alone to go to the polls.

18. Offer Dog-walking Service to Volunteers and Voters – If your friend or neighbor is volunteering as a poll worker, they might be working long hours from opening to closing. Consider dog walking for poll workers, and also for a voter on Election Day waiting in a long line!

19. Remind Your Neighbor
Remind your friends, neighbors, family members, social groups, social media lists, and congregations to vote on November 8. Let them know that voting is one of the best ways to make their voices heard. If the political system is not what they’d like it to be, they can change it through voting. Remind them that Election Day involves voting far more than just the top of the ticket – important local issues are also at stake. A group of you and your friends can get together and organize a night of phone banking before the election to call all the people on your contact list and remind them to vote.

20. Bring supplies to the long lines – Long lines are to be expected on Election Day this year. Bring water bottles or individually packaged snacks to your local polling location and serve voters waiting in line! Have a skill? Consider sharing it at the polls – dance, play guitar, do yoyo tricks. Consider bringing masks and hand sanitizers to encourage everyone’s health and safety. “Pizza to the Polls” – We also encourage people to report long voting lines through Pizza to the Polls, a partner organization who provides food and refreshments on demand to long voting lines. People can report a line here.

21. Vote – the Earlier, the Better! – Obviously, the single most important thing you can do to support your candidate is to vote. If, for some reason you can’t vote in person the day of the election, apply for an absentee ballot so you can still make your preference count. Get an absentee ballot HERE. If you want to avoid election-day crowds or intend to spend the day getting out the vote, vote a week or two in advance. Vote.org lists early voting options state by state HERE.

Know Your Laws
With the rise of restrictive voting legislation, people may not vote because they aren’t sure what identification they will need at the polls, or they feel it will be too much of a hassle. Find out the requirements in your state for registering, voting, early voting and more via the Election Protection web site.

Teach Your Children
The largest block of eligible voters who don’t turn out at the polls are young people. Start talking to your children (and nieces, nephews, friends’ children, and grandchildren) about voting. Explain to them why you believe it’s important to vote, and get their ideas on why some people may not vote. Let your children know that their political opinions and their vote matters so future generations will turn out at the polls.

Election Protection
Election Protection provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive voting information on how they can make sure their vote is counted. If you have any questions about voting, or encounter difficulty when attempting to cast your ballot, call the Voter Helplines:
• 866-OUR-VOTE (administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law)
• 888-Ve-Y-Vota (administered by the NALEO Educational Fund),
• 888-API-VOTE (administered by APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC)

Help neighbors get the vote out
In partnership with Vote.org, Nextdoor is launching the Voter Help Map to help neighbors print voting materials in states where needed and boost voter registration. The Voter Help Map calls on Nextdoor members who own a home printer to add themselves to the map with an offer to print voting materials for others.

Take time off from work
Talk to your employer early if you need to ask for time off or schedule flexibility to vote early or on election day. Many employers as part of the Civic Alliance’s 100% In For Democracy campaign have committed time off for their employees to vote.

Witness ballots
There are still several states that require absentee ballot voters to have a witness participate. Often a witness may be asked to give their name or signature on a voter’s ballot. Offer to be a witness so that your neighbor can successfully submit their ballot according to your state laws.

Mobilize.us: Events, Petitions, and Volunteer Opportunities:
https://www.mobilize.us/

“The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.” – John Lewis, late civil rights activist

Quote by Mousetoescamper:
“Volunteer for a phone bank, neighborhood canvassing, donate to our candidates, vote and encourage others to vote for Democrats.”

Daily Posting of Fundraising Links to GOTV

I’m posting links to GOTV efforts for the 2022 election because our democracy depends on it! As Steve Schmidt wrote, “This is no longer a political fight. It is an existential threat to the future of our democracy.”

You can help. Click on the links and donate to help the GOTV cause.

I will be posting this every day, likely until Election Day. I may add more links as time goes on, but so far most fundraising links for Democratic GOTV in general lead to the ones I post below.

We gotta do this.

If you can't donate, at least give this a K&R!


Progressive Turnout Project is the largest voter contact organization in the country, specifically dedicated to mobilizing the Democratic Party and defending democracy.
Our mission: rally Democrats to vote.

https://www.turnoutpac.org/


ActBlue is a nonprofit organization that builds tools Democrats count on to run their own small-dollar fundraising programs.

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/introducingactblueexpress



tRump's Last Moments in the White House

Statement from the REPUBLICAN mayor of Oklahoma City

https://thebulwark.com/in-praise-of-those-who-resist-temptation/

On edit: even though he's from the opposing party, he's hardly batshit crazy and is honestly trying to do what's best for his constituents.

In Praise of Those Who Resist Temptation

(Excerpt):

I’ll probably struggle to remember Secretary Brad Raffensperger’s name two weeks from now, but he has demonstrated the intestinal fortitude lacking in some elected officials with much fancier titles and much higher profiles. And our republic will still exist on January 7, January 21, and hopefully for decades to come because of people like him around the country who have played their unpleasant, but necessary, roles in this process.

I suspect most of these people would probably tell you they’re just doing their jobs. But the reality is that their jobs are hard. And their jobs are subject to a great temptation. Yet rather than telling people what they want to hear, these public servants told people what they needed to hear, including the most powerful person in the world.

It appears right now that a majority of Congress will join the ranks of these patriots later this week. Yes, some in Congress will not, and they will likely be remembered for giving in to temptation. But many, many more have stood up for truth and resisted the temptations of comforting lies.

These American heroes are preserving our way of life. They deserve our praise and our gratitude

An old silent movie that reflects current times

If you're not into silent movies, you probably won't be interested in this. But if you are, you might want to check out Romola (1924), starring Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish.

In this film set in Renaissance Florence, William Powell plays a completely shameless serial liar and cheat, who through lies and deception, climbs his way to the top of the government and turns the Republic of Florence into a dicatorship. He cons the mob to deem any criticism of the government to be capital treason.

I was watching it this morning, and it struck me as so familiar to tRump, eh?

IMO, some of the Gish sisters' greatest acting ever.

Thank you for the heart!

Anonymous person, thank you!

23 Dangerous Propositions the Senate Just Ratified

In voting to acquit President Trump, the Senate has legitimated legal and moral claims that will not serve America well.

The Senate today voted largely along party lines to acquit President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment. The acquittal, in the simplest sense, is a declaration that the House of Representatives failed to prove its case. But it is also a statement of values by the Senate—an embrace of certain basic propositions about the president’s conduct, the House’s conduct in impeaching him, and its own responsibilities.

At least in those circumstances in which the president and the majority of the Senate are of the same political party, the Senate has adopted the following propositions:

1. It is not an impeachable offense for the president of the United States to condition aid to a foreign government on the delivery of personal favors to himself.

More...

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/02/23-dangerous-propositions-the-senate-just-ratified/606133/

(My comment: excellent read, and it's spot on!)

This 2017 article predicted what's happening today

I figure a repeat of this article to be wholly appropriate today. This Vox article is from 2017 and it pertains to the Russia investigation, but it is still eerily prophetic for what’s going on now.

The gist of the article is this: what happens if prosecutors prove their case against Donald Trump, and it still doesn’t matter?

Say Mueller reveals hard proof that the Trump campaign knowingly colluded with Russia, strategically using leaked emails to hurt Clinton’s campaign. Say the president — backed by the Wall Street Journal editorial page, Fox News, Breitbart, most of the US Cabinet, half the panelists on CNN, most of the radio talk show hosts in the country, and an enormous network of Russian-paid hackers and volunteer shitposters working through social media — rejects the evidence.

They might say Mueller is compromised. It’s a Hillary/Deep State plot. There’s nothing wrong with colluding with Russia in this particular way. Dems did it first. All of the above. Whatever.

Say the entire right-wing media machine kicks to life and dismisses the whole thing as a scam — and conservatives believe them. The conservative base remains committed to Trump, politicians remain scared to cross the base, and US politics remains stuck in partisan paralysis, unable to act on what Mueller discovers.

In short, what if Mueller proves the case and it’s not enough? What if there is no longer any evidentiary standard that could overcome the influence of right-wing media?




https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/2/16588964/america-epistemic-crisis

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