Get-Out-The-Vote

JOIN OUR ‘I VOTED’ CAMPAIGN

It’s simple – When you mail your ballot, change your Facebook picture to an I VOTED button, and post on your timeline that you voted. Then share to friend’s friends. How effective is this? An internal Facebook experiment of 61 million increased voting by 340,000 because of a single Facebook message that said a friend voted. Be an inspiration!

Another simple idea: The Bend Bulletin  reports that “Local college students plan on voting but most don’t know who to vote for

If you live near a Community College or college campus, put your yard signs out where students can see them coming and going.

DO YOUR OWN PERSONAL GET-OUT-THE-VOTE CAMPAIGN

Everyone can influence voter outcome with very little effort. The documents below provides options for developing a plan for your comfort level with little or no budget. The important thing is you do something, even if it is just forwarding other’s work.

Learn how to use social media effectively to reach the most people.

Group presentations can be scheduled to develop a Personal Get Out The Vote Campaign is available through Western Liberty Network.

HOW TO “GET OUT THE VOTE” (GOTV):

Individual activists can undertake their own GOTV projects to help candidates and/or ballot measures they support. You don’t need a campaign budget to have an effective GOTV campaign. Develop a plan that meets your comfort level.

This document will help with strategy and planning an individual GOTV campaign.

Personal GOTV campaign worksheet.

DEVEOPING YOUR PERSONAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN:

From the comfort of your home, you can advance the campaigns you support using free media outlets.   Newspapers readers, listeners of talk-radio, and politically active social media users are all high-percentage voters, the very people you will want to reach.

This document will help you develop and execute a personal campaign.

Guidelines for writing an Op-Ed.

EFFECTIVE CAMPAIGNING WITH LITTLE OR NO MONEY

This document provides options for developing an individual or group campaign.

More resource sheets on lobbying, campaigning and developing group campaigns.

RESOURCES FROM LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

A guide for using Facebook to engage with voters and build your online community.

The Leadership Institute (LI) offers online training called “Necessities.” Training includes such things as timelines involved in campaigning as well as emerging tech and voter contact software your campaign could be using.

View recording of training on using Facebook effectively in a campaign, “The thrill of Victory”.

Follow the Leadership Institute on Twitter and like us on Facebook. LI can be found at @LeadershipInst and facebook.com/LeadershipInstitute/.

FRAMING YOUR APPROACH

George Lakoff, a professor in cognitive science and linguistics at University of California, Berkeley, makes the point about voters in his book Don’t Think of an Elephant! “People do not necessarily vote in their self-interest. They vote their identity. They vote their values. They vote for who they identify with. They may identify with their self-interest. That can happen. It is not that people never care about their self-interest. But they vote their identity. And if their identity fits their self-interest, they will vote for that. It is important to understand this point. It is a serious mistake to assume that people are simply always voting in their self-interest.”
Our approach in campaigning cannot be aimed at identity bashing if we want to win impress voters.