Get Out The Vote
There's a lot we can do as individuals, with friends or family or within groups to get out the vote. Below are some ideas.
One-on-One Voter Outreach
- Make your voting plan first. Do you know where and when you’re voting?
- Talk to your friends. Do they know when the Primary election is? Do they know who’s running? Emphasize the importance of local-level elections.
- Share information on elections on Social Media. Every small bit of awareness can help normalize voting. Tag your friends, start a discussion.
Have a Ballot Party!
- Invite friends - Have snacks and/or drinks. Print sample ballots or some of the League's Voter Services Resources such as Why Vote in the March 17, 2020 Primary? or Are You Ready To Vote?
- Discuss the upcoming election. No need to represent an organization. Make it your own Ballot Party. It’s your friends. Discuss issues and candidates in a way that helps people make their own choices about voting.
Faith Communities, Social Groups, Book Clubs, Gym Class
- All of these organizations might be willing to advocate for nonpartisan voter turnout, to make announcements about turning out to vote or to accept posted flyers.
- These groups have a wide reach and may listen if you are a member. You can ask the group leader if it’s ok to send out basic election and voter information to the mailing list, or make an announcement at the next group meeting.
Cork Boards & Business Windows
- Post "VOTE" flyers and other election information on cork boards in coffee shops, book stores and restaurants.
- The windows of business are another possibility. Aim for business that already have community flyers in their window.
- Politely ask if it’s ok to post a flyer on cork board or in a window. Emphasize nonpartisan nature of flyer. If the manager declines, ask if there’s an employee break room where flyer could be posted.
- Door-to-door canvassing is more fun and easier with two. Go with a friend. You can either knock on doors and talk, or just hang doorhangers. If you knock on doors, be polite and nonpartisan. You can remind people about voting deadlines or answer questions about registering/voting.