In this new norm that we find ourselves in, we must be willing and able to pivot
to make sure that our voices are still heard. We have to continue to be
resourceful to make sure that we get out the vote, while still being safe. With
so much at stake in 2020, we must stay focused to ensure a high turnout in our
communities across the Commonwealth. We must continue to stay on a
mission to wake up the Black vote.
know social pressure works to get people to take action — and no one can
exert more peer pressure than a friend or family member. Studies have proven
that an extra push from someone you know, or from someone you can relate
to, can be all the motivation needed to get infrequent voters to the polls. This
will allow for friends to motivate friends, colleagues to motivate colleagues,
neighbors to motivate neighbors in a way that lifts all of our voices.
You may ask is it possible to continue voter registration and voter engagement efforts. Yes. We will just do things a little differently than we have in the past.
- Call, text, email, message those in your circle and in your community. Tell them that you have checked your voter registration status. Ask them if they have done the same recently. If they haven’t, provide them the link to get registered.
- If they are already registered, ask them if they have requested their Mailin Ballot. If they haven’t, then give them the link.
- Ask them if they would be okay with you calling or texting them with a reminder before elections to make sure they have sent off their Mail-in Ballot. If they don’t plan on using the mail-in ballot, make sure you remind them of the election date.
You are asking these questions because studies have shown that when someone is forced to think about their voting day plan, the likelihood of them voting increases significantly.
Develop a Team for Virtual Planning
Remember to partner with other organizations (i.e. churches, sororities, fraternities, schools). Have regularly scheduled calls to discuss and plan voter outreach and engagement. Don’t forget to develop a plan of action for those who live in your community but might not have access to the internet (i.e. drop off applications, etc.).
Host a Virtual Phone Bank
Even though we have to practice social distancing, we can still engage our community by using tools such as the Voter Action Network (VAN). If you would like more information about any of the strategies discussed, please contact
email@example.com or (267) 415-6528.