We are deeply concerned by the constant attacks on voting rights coming from state and national leaders. Here are the low-lights of voter suppression that we will have to combat in the streets:
- We have unconstitutional maps that must be redrawn. New maps will likely be released at the last possible minute prior to the next election, leading to even more voter confusion.
- The NC legislature is rumored to be drafting a new photo ID bill to be introduced in the special session late this summer.
- The Trump Administration and the Justice Department's "voter integrity commission" seeking voter data from all 50 states is alarming civil rights organizations over concerns that voter rolls will be purged. (read new NYT op-ed here)
- Even more troubling, voters are calling Boards of Elections to ask to be removed from the rolls over fears their personal information will misused by the Administration.
Friends, our work is more important than ever. We must continue to fight against voter suppression in all forms. Our role at You Can Vote is to build and activate an army of well trained volunteers. Our volunteers will work in the community with people targeted for voter suppression to dispel the myths, encourage participation, and educate voters through quality, one-on-one conversations. We need high levels of civic participation at this critical juncture in our democracy, regardless of what the current rules are. We must empower voters, increase voter turnout, and limit the impact of suppression tactics.
Are you with us? If you have done so yet, please pledge to volunteer in 2017 (and update your volunteer profile!)
UPCOMING ORGANIZING WORKSHOPS: Spread the word -- we are hosting several organizing workshops in the coming months for new volunteers or volunteers who want a refresher! Most of our volunteers joined us based on a recommendation from a friend. Who do you know that is upset about voter suppression? Joining YCV is a concrete way to take action!
Workshops are all designed to teach you how to be an effective voter education volunteer. You'll learn voter registration best practices, how to approach voters and help them understand their rights, and how to be involved with our work and in your community.
FAIR MAPS NOW EDUCATION EVENTS: Help us keep the momentum for fair maps going. We have collected nearly 1500 postcards for legislators, asking them to support an independent process for drawing voting districts. RSVP below to join us!
Saturday, July 22nd, 10AM - 1PM with John
Saturday, July 29th, 10AM - 1PM with Jean
Sunday, July 23rd, 10AM - 1PM with Katie
Sunday, July 30th, 1PM - 4PM with Jan
Saturday, August 19th 10AM - 1PM with Beth
LET'S BUILD YCV PHONE PARTIES
Can you attend or offer to HOST a phonebank? We are looking for volunteers who are willing to host a one-time or regular call event. We have calls to be made every week to encourage volunteers to sign up, to invite new people to You Can Vote, and to confirm people for their shifts.
Refreshments and training provided on site.
Saturday, July 22 - 2PM - 4PM
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF) with Caitlin as your captain!
Monday, July 31 - 6PM -8PM
Janet's House with Marty as your captain!
VOTER REGISTRATION EVENTS: We are currently lining up captains to lead additional events in August & September in our current and expansion counties for our newly trained and experienced volunteers. Stay tuned!
Pride! We'll need a big team to talk to thousands of voters!
Sunday August 27th, 12-3pm
National Night Out - Various Neighborhoods! Many volunteers needed.
Tuesday, August 1st
RESOURCES FOR VOLUNTEERS: We are beginning to upload new training videos to our resources page! These short clips show our best practice approaches for different situations you will encounter while working in the community. We'll continue to update this page with videos that are currently in production. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who donated their time and talent to make these videos. A special thanks to our filmmaker, Bill Erwin, and to our volunteer producer, Karen Blase.
Thank you for your support!