There are only 12 days left to make an impact on this election and the coming weeks will be the most critical. Many races will come down to a handful of votes and they need your help to make the difference. We have 9 high-impact actions you can take until November 3.
Worried about not having enough time?
- If you can volunteer every day until election day, sign up for a recurring phone bank.
- If you only have an hour, participate in a text bank.
- If you only have a few minutes, sign up for a virtual friend-to-friend outreach event and set a date to help get your friends involved.
- If you have a free weekend, host a virtual BYOB (Bring-Your-Own-Ballot) party with organizations like the Democratic Party of Georgia, Jaime Harrison for the U.S. Senate campaign, 2020 victory, or MJ Hegar for Texas.
No matter what you choose—don’t count yourself out! There are a number of ways that you can get involved. Check out our 10 recommendations below:
1. Host your own volunteer event
Are you already doing great work for an organization on Mobilize? Take it to the next level, and become a volunteer host! Volunteer hosting is a great way for volunteers to boost their commitment to an organization while uplifting the organization’s missions and beliefs in front of newer supporters. It’s a great way to bring the organization to your community.
Connect with campaigns and organizations to host your own volunteer event! Whether you plan on making phone calls, having a postcard making party, or hanging door hangers, your mobilization efforts will help get out the vote.
Are you an organization that wants to recruit volunteer hosts? Check out this help article.
2. Volunteer to become a poll worker
Did you know that our country is facing a nationwide shortage of poll workers due to COVID-19? Most poll workers tend to be over the age of 60. This positions them as a vulnerable population and has decreased sign-up rate during this election. To help combat this, various groups are organizing poll working trainings to ensure that the 2020 election is a safe and fair one.
3. Pledge to vote
In the 2016 election, only 56% of eligible voters participated in voting. In the 2020 election, we can do even better—let’s beat 56%! Commit to making your voice heard by November 3, 2020. You can even consider it the first step of your election plan.
4. Pledge to volunteer
Planning to vote? Then you should also be planning to volunteer! Find ways to use your voice to uplift another’s. Find organizations that protect the rights of refugees, women, people of color, LGBTQIA, the youth, the poor, and other marginalized communities. Our communities need us now more than ever.
For volunteer opportunities with down ballot races, visit actvote.win.
5. Tell everyone that you know
Don’t ignore the power of the share button! Just signed up as a poll worker? Share that event with your group chat, and encourage your friends and family to sign up, too. Make a commitment to share events with at least three friends each time you sign up for one.
6. Send letters to voters in key states
Get in on the fun! Volunteers will be preparing and writing turnout letters that will be sent in late October—right as voters go to the polls. Never wrote a letter before? Don’t worry—there are lots of free training sessions to help guide you along the way. We all have to start somewhere.
7. Make calls to voters in super states
Super States voters need your help! Attend a free virtual training, and call voters from the safety of your home to encourage voters to get out and vote. Again, let’s turnout and beat that 56%!
8. Host a BYOB (Bring-Your-Own-Ballot) party for your friends and family.
Host your own social distance extravaganza or make it happen on Zoom. Many people believe that the only office that they will be voting for this year is the presidential office, but this isn’t true! You are a resource for your family, friends, and community — host a BYOB party to walk through the down ballot with your loved ones.