Post by dorieseavey on Jul 27, 2020 12:14:50 GMT -5
I have found that there is a wealth of non-partisan non-profit organizations enlisting and training volunteers (with no prior experience!) to help get out the vote. Here are three organizations that I've been volunteering for:
I put together a chart to hopefully provide a user-friendly way of understanding and comparing the three initiatives (see this link).
For a more extensive list of get-out-the-vote initiatives and campaigns from around the country, see the attachment to this post (accessible if you are a registered user) or else the following posting.
Post by Kent Wittenburg on Aug 4, 2020 11:39:03 GMT -5
Here is the list of resources on voting campaigns from the attachment in Dorie's post.
LIST OF “GET OUT THE VOTE” PROJECTS AND CAMPAIGNS July 2020
Vote Forward: votefwd.org/ Helps volunteers write heartfelt handwritten letters to unregistered and unlikely voters. Letters are sent in October.
Environmental Voter Project: www.environmentalvoter.org/ EVP aims to significantly increase voter demand for environmental leadership by identifying inactive environmentalists and then turning them into consistent activists and voters. Uses phone banks and texting banks.
Woke Vote: wokevote.us Woke Vote was one of the leading grassroots groups responsible for Democrat Doug Jones' historic win in Alabama. They did so by connecting to black communities at colleges, universities, and churches, and by addressing issues many black voters care about, including mass incarceration. "This was a completely independent effort that was focused on the idea of what happens when you resource black people with the goal of turning out black people,” DeJuana Thompson, the group's founder, told The Atlantic.
Let America Vote: letamericavote.org Even if Democrats do turn out to vote in 2018, their voting power will be lessened thanks to repressive racial gerrymandering and voter suppression laws. Let America Vote focuses on protecting voter rights and restoring the right to vote for people who unnecessarily lost it. Though the group zeroes in on states where voting rights are most vulnerable, there are multiple ways to get involved.
Rock the Vote: www.rockthevote.org/ Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. For 30 years, Rock the Vote has revolutionized the way we use pop culture, music, art, and technology to engage young people in politics and build our collective power.
Campus Vote Project: www.campusvoteproject.org/ Campus Vote Project works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students, and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. Our goal is to help campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote.
HeadCount: www.headcount.org To vote, you have to be registered. And young voters are a core bloc that need reaching and encouraging if the current policies are ever going to be changed. Enter HeadCount, which registers young voters at concerts, partnering with artists as different as Jay-Z and Phish.
HeadCount also makes it easier for voters to reach out to congresspeople on social media, and they have partnered with other organizations, like the recent March For Our Lives, to spread out the registration drive, harnessing the energy from young voters that are becoming active for the very first time.
National Democratic Redistricting Committee: democraticredistricting.com/ Gerrymandering has been a buzzword over the last few years as the targeted, lopsided redistricting efforts of conservatives has been one of the key ways in which Republicans have managed to get a stranglehold on national and local legislatures and push their agenda. And while the courts are starting to come around on the issue, there's still a long way to go to return voting districts back to more balanced shapes.
Enter the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a new effort spear-headed by Eric Holder, who served as Attorney General under Barack Obama. The NDRC is focused on voting efforts and mobilization to help bring about ballot initiatives that can stand with the group's legal efforts in trying to undo the chopping up of legislative districts that have led to the imbalance.
FAIRVOTE www.fairvote.org A national non-partisan, nonprofit organization focused on electoral reforms, including ranked choice voting.
POSTCARDS TO SWING STATES: postcardstoswingstates.com/ Hand write postcards to voters in ten critical states to increase turnout in November. Swing States sends the postcards for free; you provide the stamps and mail the cards in October.