Get Out the Vote (GOTV) for 2018 Elections and Beyond
This GOTV effort is focused on taking back the House of Representatives, holding the Senate (and possibly taking that back too) and winning state Government positions: Governorships, state legislative seats, Attorneys General and Secretaries of State positions too.
What follows in this section are several GOTV and Resistance groups so that you can identify those that interest you and get involved in the upcoming midterms, the most important elections of our lifetime.
What’s at stake is the future of our democracy.
We must have Democratic legislators in place at all levels of government to serve as a check on the dangerous agendas of President Trump and the GOP.
Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Groups and Resources
Led by Swing Left, an impressive coalition of Resistance organizations have come together to plan for a concerted grassroots GOTV effort over the last four days before the midterms (i.e. the Last Weekend) By visiting the following link, you can sign up now for GOTV actions to take between now and election day: https://thelastweekend.org
Here’s an excerpt from the Democratic Attorneys Generals Association’s press release describing the Last Weekend initiative:
Top Progressive Political Organizations Join Forces for Midterm Elections
Swing Left, Indivisible, MoveOn, and Others Unite to Launch “The Last Weekend”, a First-of-its-kind Coalition to Catalyze Unprecedented Nationwide Volunteering Efforts
JULY 17 2018 — Today, a broad coalition of leading progressive political organizations launched ‘The Last Weekend’, an unprecedented cultural and political initiative to catalyze nationwide volunteering leading up to and including the last weekend before the midterm elections (Sat 11/3 – Tues 11/6). The Last Weekend is the first time major progressive groups have united at this scale in a strong, coordinated effort to support Democratic candidates up and down the ticket, across the country. The coalition is organized by Swing Left and includes March On, MoveOn, Indivisible, Organizing for Action (OFA), the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), The Collective PAC, Flippable, The Arena, Center for Popular Democracy Action, National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), Latino Victory, Progressive Turnout Project, NewFounders, MobilizeAmerica, Sister District, Wall of US, Working Families Party, Resistbot, Stand Up America, Democrats.com, #VOTEPROCHOICE, and United We Dream. Read more…
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In addition to leveraging well-known names to engage volunteers, The Last Weekend will use a new, user-friendly online tool that allows volunteers to commit how many hours they can give on The Last Weekend and invite others to sign-up, too. On-the-ground teams will use this tool to gather volunteer sign-ups at summer and fall recruitment drives.
Work on The Last Weekend starts NOW. By signing up early, volunteers will be connected immediately with actions they can take between now and November 6th as well as educational and training resources to help them make the most of their time and energy. Signing up early will also allow campaigns to understand clearly the resources available to them and ensure that volunteer work is as strategic and impactful as possible. For more information, visit thelastweekend.org.
Sean Rankin, DAGA Executive Director, statement on The Last Weekend:
“The fight to protect healthcare, reproductive rights, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and our environment is more important than ever—and electing Democratic Attorneys General is crucial to advancing these rights and stopping Trump in his tracks. Winning these fights also relies on strong coalitions like The Last Weekend (TLW), and as a committed partner in TLW, DAGA is doing its part in executing our collective plan for reaching voters early, keeping the energy up, and reinforcing to the American public that each of us can make a difference with our voice, our volunteer time, and on Election Day, our vote.” – Sean Rankin, executive director of the Democratic Attorneys General Association.
GOTV Action Guide
Here’s a link to a GOTV Action Guide issued September 2018 by NewFounders an activist group based in Chicago. The Action Guide includes links to various activist groups so that each of us can get involved in the critical Get Out the Vote effort this fall. By reviewing the Guide, you can easily find those groups/initiatives that will be the best fit for you given your skill set, interests and time you can commit to the GOTV effort.
A Time to Vote
A Time to vote is a nonpartisan initiative made up of over 150 companies that have banded together to boost voter turnout. Here’s a short list of what companies in this coalition are doing to make voting in the midterm elections easier:
- Lyft is offering 50% off promo codes to help get people to polling locations. It’s also offering free rides in underserved communities.
- Patagonia is shutting down its entire operations for Election Day.
- Walmart made this website listing several election resources.
Progressive Turnout Project
This group’s mission is connecting with voters and promoting user turnout.
Swing Left is a leader in mobilizing the GOTV effort for the midterm elections and beyond. SL is focused on Swing Districts in the House, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin, where we have opportunities to defeat Republicans. They have become a major force in the Resistance being one of the first organizers of the Last Weekend and have developed a detailed Action Plan for for taking back the House in 2018. Plus they have created an excellent Take Action web page where people can easily find canvassing, phone banking and postcard writing opportunities near them. Also, they’ve launched Swing Left Academy offering training and resources to help progressive candidates win their elections.
Spread the Vote
This group represents a novel ‘work around’ to the increasingly onerous GOP imposed voter ID restrictions. Twenty-one million eligible voters in the US do not have a valid voter ID and are therefore effectively disenfranchised. Spread The Vote obtains government-issued photo IDs for eligible voters at no cost to them. Spread the Vote is building a scalable and sustainable way to help voters get the IDs they need for job, housing, voting, and more 365 days a year PLUS election day. Spreadthevote.org is a relatively small, grassroots organization with about $500,000 in funding. Currently the group is active in five states: Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. By 2020, they hope to be working in the 20 states with strict ID requirements. Here’s a link to a recent article in the Daily Beast about Spread the Vote’s work.
An excellent resource for detail on upcoming elections.
League of Women Voters’ Vote4111.org
VOTE411.org is a “one-stop-shop” for election related non-partisan information. This innovative voter resource provides non-partisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information. Register to vote, find candidate information, and much more at VOTE411.org
This group will send you notifications about upcoming elections where you’re eligible to vote.
Their mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials.
A new app developed by NewFounders, an activist group in Chicago working to fuse tech with politics to help our democracy, EveryElection makes it easier to locate elections you can vote in, communicate with candidates and remind your friends to vote.
Town Hall Meetings With Candidates/Representatives
Attend a Town Hall Meeting to Have your Voice Heard
Attend a Town Hall Meeting of your Congressional representative to protest against the Trump/GOP agenda. This is a good resource to find town hall meetings near you.
FYI Indivisible has an excellent ‘how to’ guide detailing how best to maximize your impact in meetings with your member of Congress (MoC).