Voting Resources and Activism

 

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2020 Progressive Election Campaigns

Voter Registration Resources

Learn about Issues and Candidates on Your Ballot

Free Rides to Vote and Register to Voter

Tips on Fighting Voter Suppression

Volunteer During Election Day


2020 Progressive Election Campaigns

Donations

SwingLeft.org
We can win the Senate by flipping just four seats, so we’re targeting the most competitive races where Democrats have the best chances, and where our dollars will have the biggest impact.
– Donate to a strategic fund

Flip the Senate
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is the only committee solely dedicated to electing a Democratic Senate. From grassroots organizing to making sure campaigns have the resources to win, the DSCC is working around the clock to flip the Senate in 2020 so we can move our country forward.

Phonebanking

Sister District DC/VA Phone Banking
Person-to-person interactions are proven to be the most effective way to increase voter turnout and enthusiasm. Outside of knocking on doors, your phone calls will do the most to ensure the Democrats get back in charge. It can be hard work, but it is incredibly important, and the candidates and their campaign staff are so grateful for your support that will help them win.

SwingLeft.org
We can win the Senate by flipping just four seats, so we’re targeting the most competitive races where Democrats have the best chances, and where our dollars will have the biggest impact.
Attend a Virtual Volunteer event

Fight for NC: Voter Protection Phone Bank
Join the NC Dems Voter Protection Team to make critical voter protection calls twice a day every day.

SURJ Swing Georgia Left Phone Banks
At Saturday phone banks, we’re calling white voters and at Thursday phone banks we’re recruiting callers.

Video Tips on Having Effective Phonebanking Conversations

Text Banking

“Text banking is fast and effective because a lot of people communicate by text instead of answering their phones. You might text 1000 or more people in an hour with an open rate of 90%+ (who can ignore a text?) and a response rate of 10-24%! Phone banking and canvassing are great for face-to-face or voice-to-voice, but texting provides direct communication with a lot of voters very quickly. It’s a better return on your time investment from the comfort of your own home, or while you’re on the go.” Demand The Vote

 

 

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Resistance Labs
We leverage technology and our army of passionate, remote volunteers to help progressives run and win everywhere.

Working Families Party
a progressive grassroots political party building a multiracial movement of working people to transform America

Not Him US
Partnering with with People’s Action and #VoteTrumpOut too engage voters in key battleground states by making calls, sending texts, or canvassing voters on Facebook.

Bend the Arc
Jewish campaign of phone and textbank to defeat Trump

Demand the Vote Text Banking Org List

Video Tips on Having Effective Texting 

Letter Writing

Vote Forward’s “The BIG Send”
Sending vote forward letters to increase election turnout

Broads Save America!
We are a group of activists, organizers, resisters and persisters fighting to elect kick-ass, pro-choice, progressive women at all levels of government. Join us in writing postcards for our candidates,help get the vote out, and save democracy.

SwingLeft.org
We can win the Senate by flipping just four seats, so we’re targeting the most competitive races where Democrats have the best chances, and where our dollars will have the biggest impact.
Write Letters to Democratic voters

Friend and Family Banking

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Video Tips for Effective Political Conversations

Listening Partnerships and Deep Canvassing

Communicating Across Difference

Read about a heart felt Phone Banking Experience

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Creating Voter Plans

Mobilize to Win
Create Voter Plans with Friends

When We all Vote
Get your #VotingSquad and Vote Together.
It’s time to make your plan to vote together with your squad!
How will you vote together with your squad? Choose from the options below:

  • Vote together at the Mailbox or Dropbox: If you and your squad are casting your ballots by mail this year, make it a celebration! Once you have your ballots, pick a date to carefully fill them out and mail them in together (or deliver them to an official ballot dropbox together)! Then, decorate your space with some swag to turn your home into a festive voting location.
  • Vote Together Early In-person: Make a fun moment and head to your early vote polling location with your squad or your household! Don’t forget to take photos (with masks on!), and share on social media with #VotingSquad.
  • Vote Together Virtually: Even over distance, you can get your squad together to celebrate voting! Pick 3 or more people to start a text thread or direct message. Get everyone to make a plan to vote and then hold each other accountable. After each member of the Squad votes, send your selfie photo to the group thread, or post on social media and tag each other using #VotingSquad!
  • March, Parade, or Walk to the Polls: If you’ve made a plan to vote in-person this year, you can take the party on the road and march or drive to your polling place with your neighbors, friends, family, and community members. Sign up your Vote Together March here.

Restoring Votes

Help Returning Citizens Pay Fines & Fees
We at the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, as returning citizens ourselves, know first-hand how financial hardships can prevent people from fully engaging in their communities. So we created a fund to help returning citizens with outstanding fines and fees complete their sentence and move forward with their lives. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go to those who have completed incarceration and probation but still have to complete financial portions of their sentence. Please give whatever you can and help us spread the word!

Election Protection Volunteers

Protect the Vote
We need your help to protect voters’ rights from the unprecedented threats they will face this year when trying to cast their ballot. Nonpartisan Election Protection volunteers like you will be voters’ first line of defense against restrictive election laws, coronavirus-related voting disruptions, or anything else that could silence their voices.

Poll Workers

Apply to be a Election Day Worker
Application and full details and requirements listed here.
Apply for DC

Power the Polls
America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year due to the coronavirus. Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone’s vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all.

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Voter Registration Resources

Find Your Election Dates, Polling Location, Voter ID Requirements, Voter Accessibility Laws, Sample Ballots
https://www.usa.gov/election-day

2020 DC Voting Guide
Plan ahead with what you need to know for early voting and mail in ballots
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2020/08/20/dc-voting-guide-faq/

Online Voter Registration
https://www.vote.org/voter-registration-deadlines/

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Check Your Voter Registration
https://www.whenweallvote.org/

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DC Mail-in-Ballot Drop Box Locations
https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Where-to-Vote/Mail-Ballot-Drop-Sites?fbclid=IwAR2WDyWzJB8rokvK3VpOwlpxSWKFPY3RKAPS15VciIITJ23T9ivdSMEQi5k

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Check Status of Mail-in/absentee ballets (not for all states)
https://ballottrax.com

How to track your mail-in ballot at every step and make sure it’s counted in November
https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-track-the-status-of-your-mail-in-ballot-2020-9

DC Track Your Ballot
https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Absentee-Voting/Track-Absentee-Ballot

How Quickly Will Your Absentee Vote Be Counted? A State-by-State Timeline
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/10/13/us/politics/when-votes-counted.html?fbclid=IwAR2DKbtxGgxype6HXHZEiUnvc__5u1CbnfAbra5cZn

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US Election Assistance Commission
Accessibility, Language, Oversea, etc Assistance
https://www.eac.gov/election-officials/voting-accessibility/

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Have a past conviction and wondering if you can vote?
RestoreYourVote.org

Apply to be a Election Day Worker
Application and full details and requirements listed here.
Apply for DC

Mobilize to Win
Create Voter Plans with Friends

When We all Vote
Get your #VotingSquad and Vote Together.
It’s time to make your plan to vote together with your squad!
How will you vote together with your squad? Choose from the options below:

  • Vote together at the Mailbox or Dropbox: If you and your squad are casting your ballots by mail this year, make it a celebration! Once you have your ballots, pick a date to carefully fill them out and mail them in together (or deliver them to an official ballot dropbox together)! Then, decorate your space with some swag to turn your home into a festive voting location.
  • Vote Together Early In-person: Make a fun moment and head to your early vote polling location with your squad or your household! Don’t forget to take photos (with masks on!), and share on social media with #VotingSquad.
  • Vote Together Virtually: Even over distance, you can get your squad together to celebrate voting! Pick 3 or more people to start a text thread or direct message. Get everyone to make a plan to vote and then hold each other accountable. After each member of the Squad votes, send your selfie photo to the group thread, or post on social media and tag each other using #VotingSquad!
  • March, Parade, or Walk to the Polls: If you’ve made a plan to vote in-person this year, you can take the party on the road and march or drive to your polling place with your neighbors, friends, family, and community members. Sign up your Vote Together March here.

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Learn about Issues and Candidates on Your Ballot

League of Women Voters
https://www.lwv.org/

League of Conservation Voters
https://www.lcv.org/

Ballotpedia
https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page

VoteSmart
Non-partisan information (voting record, funding sources, speeches, etc) on candidates
votesmart.org

The Cook Political Report
Non-partisan election analysis
https://www.cookpolitical.com/

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Free Rides to Vote and Register to Voter

Free Rides

Lyft
https://www.lyft.com/blog/posts/expanding-voting-access-in-2020

Uber
https://www.uber.com/newsroom/uber-announces-2020-get-out-the-vote-effort/

Free Rentals

Lime Bike or Scooter
https://www.li.me/second-street/lime-to-the-polls-vote-org-i-am-voter

Zipcar
https://www.zipcar.com/drivethevote

CitiBike
https://www.citibikenyc.com/blog/elect-to-ride-ride-to-elect

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Tips on Fighting Voter Suppression

Quick Tips!

  • If you are turned away at the polls don’t walk away Say this: I REQUEST A PROVISIONAL BALLOT AS REQUIRED BY LAW. Don’t let them steal your vote.
  • If a voting center closes stay in line until you get a chance to vote

Know Your Rights: Voter Intimidation

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Contact for Assistance

  • English: 866-OUR-VOTE / 866-687-8683
  • Spanish/English: 888 -VE-Y-YOTA / 888-839-8682
  • Asian Languages/English: 888-API-VOTE / 888-274-8683
  • Arabic Languages/English:  844-YALLA-US / 844-925-5287
  • the Department of Justice Voting Rights Hotline (800-253-3931)
  • or an attorney if you believe that your rights have been violated

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Voter Suppression Advocacy Groups

Fair Right
https://fairfight.com/

Common Cause
https://www.commoncause.org/

League of Women Voters
https://www.lwv.org/

Campaign Legal Center
https://campaignlegal.org/

Reclaim
http://reclaimtheamericandream.org/

What To Do If You Encounter Armed Militias At Your Polling Place
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/what-to-do-if-you-encounter-armed-militias-at-your-polling-place?fbclid=IwAR0NEZR6SWPbVyv9hKZ52k83rei9o9BypmoD68Rz-vqXjW3ku3oXYfbxIOw

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Volunteer During Election Day

Swing Left
Volunteer With Your Closest Swing District to Help Swing Blue

Apply to be a Election Day Worker
Application and full details and requirements listed here.
Apply for DC

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