HELP GET OUT THE VOTE
HOW WE GET OUT THE VOTE
Elections are often won or lost by razor thin margins, especially in Florida. Remember those hanging chads in the 2000 presidential election when Bush defeated Gore by 537 votes? We cannot let this happen again and must make sure Democrats vote in record numbers.
The best way to get out the vote is by canvassing, in other words, knocking on the doors of Democratic voters and signing them up for Vote-by-Mail. Voting by mail has a higher electoral participation rate for the following reasons:
Registered voters who receive Vote-by-Mail ballots are 40% more likely to vote than those who do not.
Talking to 60 Democrats about voting by mail generally increases voter turnout by 11 votes.
It is more likely for voters to be turned away at the polls than that their Vote-by-Mail ballot might be rejected.
In addition to canvassing, there are many other ways to support the efforts to get out the vote, as listed below. As we get closer to the election, we will begin to contact Democrats to make sure they have mailed in their ballots or have a plan to get to the polls. Contact us today to lend your support!
Some people shy away from canvassing, but it’s fun! Here are some things to keep in mind:
We only knock on the doors of people who have indicated they are committed to voting for Democrats. They are usually very happy to see us!
We work in pairs, so you won’t be alone.
We partner new canvassers with more seasoned folks so they can learn the process.
It just feels good! You’ll spend time with like-minded people and know you are making a real difference to get out the vote
Our virtual phone bank makes it easy to help get out the vote. You'll be given access to our database, and once you login, you’ll be provided names and phone numbers for likely Democratic voters and a script that walks you through what to say.
We ask new volunteers to do their first phone banking shift at our office in Shalimar to familiarize you with the process. After that, you can use the virtual phone bank to make calls from home on days and at times convenient to you.
You can help us expand our office hours by volunteering to work a shift at our office in Shalimar.. Our office volunteers register voters, provide campaign literature, answer questions, write postcards and phone bank. This is a great way to help if you are unable to canvass.
Email us at the link below or call (850) 888-3321 for more information and available shifts.
Too busy to volunteer? You can still help support us reach more Democratic voters by donating to the Okaloosa Democratic Executive Committee. Setting up a recurring donation through ActBlue is a painless way to help our organization grow.