2019 Elections: Get Out the Vote From Home Challenge

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Let your fingers do the walking

If more of our voters turn out in every state, every county, every district, we can change the direction of our country. These pre-election posts are designed to give you tools to help make that goal a reality.

Remember, if we kick out Republicans in state legislatures and in governors’ mansions, we will have more power to provide checks and balances on Trump’s administration, and pass important legislation all over the country. This is why we fight.

This week’s mission: Volunteer from home

I recognize that not all of you are comfortable with canvassing. (If you are, definitely canvass. Your candidate and their campaign staff need you!) But, there are ways you can do voter outreach without leaving your home.

Text banking and phone banking are methods to reach voters directly and this is literally the PERFECT TIME to talk to voters. Many of the states with elections next week have started or are about to start early voting, states with all mail-in ballots have their ballots already, and the other states have sent out their sample ballots to voters.

At this point in the campaign cycle, all you’ll be doing is reminding voters to vote. The campaign has, through their previous efforts, identified exactly which voters are supportive of their candidate and will only give you a list of those supporters.

The organization you work through (some suggestions follow) will give you clear instructions and make it really easy to do. In the case of text banking, most campaigns that I’ve seen work through a service that will mask your phone number in a way that it looks to the voter like a local volunteer is texting them.

You can check with your favorite campaigns to see what text/phone campaigns are available, but I have two specific recommendations to make:

  1. Check out Flippable, which has a ton of these types of “events” for every part of the country. Look through the Flippable Events page, and choose one of the upcoming events. You can filter the options by choosing “Remote Events” which will then only pull up phone and text banks.
  2. Look into Open Progress which is fueling a lot of texting to voters. You can see a bit more about how they do their work HERE, including reminding you that you won’t be using your own phone number.
  3. A reader let me know that Black Voters Matter also started their texting campaigns today (Oct. 28). They are texting African-American voters in 7 key states. If you’re on Facebook, you can learn more about this effort and sign up for a shift HERE.

You can make a difference without leaving the comfort of your home. Every text or call that connects with a voter inches us closer to an Election Night that we can all be proud of!

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