In the 2000 election, over 100 million Americans failed to vote, including millions of those most affected by unjust government policies.
If the people who are affected by government policies don't participate, they will permit these government policies to continue and narrow interest groups to control the course of the country.
You can affect the outcome of this election . We've designed a simple way to make a huge impact: simply by making brief phone calls to encourage low income, minority and young voters to show up at the polls. Experts say that a personal phone call from an enthusiastic volunteer is one of the most effective means of encouraging people to vote.
who registered to vote in this election can make it to the polls, they will have a powerful impact on American democracy, compelling our leaders to bring greater justice to our country and peace to our world.
What will happen on November 2? Make a difference. Make a call.
VoterCall is a non-partisan project of Res Publica with support from True Majority and National Voice. Our only political position is a strong defense of democratic principles: only when all people voice their concerns through their votes will they be protected from unrepresentative government.
VoterCall will help reach one million young, low income and minority voters: If 50,000 people volunteer two hours apiece, we will mobilize tens of thousands of new voters!
A coalition of nonpartisan groups has collected voter records for over 4 million voters from precincts with traditionally low voter turnout, such as minority or low-income precincts. Though many local campaigns are underway to get out the vote, some precincts remain uncovered.
That's where we step in.
VoterCall is an online call bank. Anyone who shares the goals of the campaign and has access to the internet and a telephone line can participate by doing the following:
It's that easy!
You can commit as much time as you feel you able to give to this campaign. The more time you spend calling voters, the greater your impact will be in increasing voter turnout on November 2nd 2004.
VoterCall is working with the National Voice, an umbrella organization with participating groups such as Rock the Vote, American Families United, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and dozens of other organizations. None of these groups is targeting voters with any specific political affiliation. None are trying to persuade voters to support or oppose any particular candidate.
Scientific studies have determined that volunteer phone banks are one of the most effective strategies for increasing voter turnout.
How effective? 2-6 times as effective as leaflets;
5 times as effective as direct mail;
10 times as effective as many commercial phone banks;
more than 1000 times as effective as automated robo-dialers;
If one million voters are called, that could add 50,000 new voters this year!
Calling voters also helps identify where assistance is most needed to enable other groups to provide transportation or other assistance.
Source: Green & Gerber, Get Out the Vote! (2004)
Record answers for each voter while you make calls so you can record their answers when you log in.
If you are calling from the East Coast, take advantage of the time zone difference to call voters in the West.
Who to call: When you register, a list of voters to call will be provided for you. Clicking on any voter will let you select voters and see their phone numbers.
When to call: The best times to call during work days are between 4:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. During weekends, call between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Keep in mind time zone changes when you are calling. Also remember, you'e;ll be less likely to catch people at home on Friday and Saturday nights.
Where to call from: You can call anywhere you have a telephone. Access to the Internet from the location where you are calling will make things easier.
Absolutely! There are two ways you can do this:
Record responses from voters with these buttons. You'e;ll have different questions on your call script, so read through them first.
at the bottom of the questionnaire to record the results of your conversations. Read through the call script text - it really helps! Voter name and phone number.
The call script will help you communicate with voters and provide a way to record your conversations. Going through a complete call script should take no more than 2 or 3 minutes, but feel free to chat with voters about issues or the experience of voting: this will make your calls much more effective.
We will be providing training to help build confidence for volunteers who are struggling to get over that initial hurdle. Just remember: you are not selling anything, but only calling people to help them exercise their rights.
The voters on our lists come from public information collected by National Voice, a coalition of non-profit and community groups working to maximize public participation in our nation's democratic process. By combining all of these voter records, the National Voice is helping these groups to coordinate their efforts to prevent duplication and waste.
This project is targeting low-income and minority neighborhoods nationwide, with a focus on the swing states. For many people, that means calling long-distance. For others who live in swing states, we are working on a way to get you lists of voters who are local for you.
If you record that a voter needs assistance, this information will be forwarded to local organizations located near the voter you contact. These groups will attempt to meet any needs that you discover during your conversations.
I can not access the internet at the same time I place calls. Can I still participate? Yes you can. First, you can print a call script for each voter. Check out the section for Calling while away from a computer for details of how to print out a list of voters, log the calls, and get more voters.
The VoterCall Campaign is a strictly nonpartisan campaign; however, as a volunteer, you are certainly entitled to your own opinion. Please though, do not attempt to alter the message of the campaign unless you are asked by voters for your own opinion, and make clear when you do so that you are speaking in an individual capacity and not on behalf of the campaign.
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