Get Out The Vote

GotV Volunteering — UPDATED

Friday 7 February 2020: I’m updating this post with links to specific opportunities to work on statewide GOTV campaigns. They’re located at the end of the article.

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, had a great idea for how you could spend your vacation this year: volunteering in a get out the vote campaign in a swing state near you!

We’ve all fretted over the voter registration purges that the Repubes are engaged in around the country in their effort to suppress the vote and rig the 2020 election in their favor. Now’s your chance to fight back and make a difference!

If you’re game, here’s what you do! You’ve got three choices: (1) Neera suggested contacting the state Democratic Party of the state you’re interested in, (2) contact her and she’d hook you up, or (3) contact a specific campaign, so I’m listing contacts here:

State Democratic Parties

Contact the state Democratic Party of the state you’re interested in helping to organize by going to the State Party Websites page of the Democratic Party website.

Neera Tanden

Neera’s twitter is @NeeraTanden. Or failing that you could try the Contact Us page at the Center for American Progress.

Specific Campaigns

Listings here do not constitute an endorsement. These are just the good folks who have given me a website to link to.

Marquita Bradshaw is running for Lamar Alexander’s senate seat in Tennessee. Given the gaslighting BS that he just laid on the country and the pure cray-cray that the junior, soon to be senior, senator, Marsha Blackburn, has been pulling outta the crack of her ass, Tennesseans just might could be ready for a Democrat. If you’d like to spend your vacation lending a hand, here’s the website where you can make it happen: Marquita Bradshaw for Senate 2020.

WisDems is the website of the Wisconsin Democratic Party. This weekend (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February) they held a statewide canvass event. I know it is too late for you to join that, but they have other events that you can join. You can find them on their Get Involved page. (Updated: Friday 7 February 2020)

Let me know in the comments if you are considering it, how its going, whether or not I can help, what your experience was like volunteering, anything at all.

Image Attribution

Post image using Creative Commons.

AIGA Get Out the Vote poster“AIGA Get Out the Vote poster” by Hunter Langston is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

The Neera Tanden tweet is a screen grab of her actual tweet.

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  1. One approach that appears to have good results, and has been happening locally here, is early canvassing of friendly but infrequent voters, even a full year ahead of the election. Another volunteer opportunity at election time is helping people with transportation or disability access issues get to the polls.

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    • Howdy Bob!

      I read a great article on FiveThirtyEight about automatic voter registration and the effect it had on voting. One of the things they noted there was that Rhodes Island sends a postcard reminder that (a) you are registered and (b) the election is in a few days. It seems to increase voter turnout. Another proven method is to indicate to people who else on their block has voted or plans on voting.

      Here’s hoping that all of the efforts at voter suppression will piss people off enough to get them to register and show up at the polls in the true American spirit of resisting oppressive authority.


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      • We must not become numbed to the outrages of Trump and his crew. Of course, it is exactly that numbness that is part of the point of his constant trampling of any standards of decency and honesty.

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