You can ensure our community’s voices are heard in elections this year — and get paid for doing so.
To say that the odds are against us in this year’s elections would be an understatement. COVID-19 is ravaging our communities, Republican Governor Kemp is disregarding expert advice, and those in power are doing whatever they can to silence our voices. In a normal world, the New Georgia Project would be tirelessly knocking on doors to ensure that every Georgian’s can get out and vote. However, today is not normal. That’s why we are now relying on you, to reach out to members of your community and ensure that they are able to exercise their Constitutional right. Your work will ensure our community’s voices are heard, and you will get paid for your organizing work. We are trying out this method of outreach now, in the upcoming primary, because, if it works, we’ll use it to win in November.
At present, we are trying out this program only in the Macon and Albany areas. If you’re not sure if you’re within the program’s region, or with any other questions, email us at email@example.com.
To sign up:
- Read the information on this page about voting during the COVID-19 crisis, and about upcoming elections.
- Fill out the sign-up form at the bottom of this page. Once you do, we’ll give you a quick phone call within 1-2 days to confirm your participation, and send you information with next steps.
What You Need To Know: Organizing, Voting, the Program
- Our story. Why we at the New Georgia Project do what we do.
- The Power of Friend-to-Friend (F2F). Studies find that a reminder from a friend is one of the most powerful methods of getting someone to vote. For example, text messages from a friend to go vote on election day are twice as effective as messages sent by a stranger. If people in our communities can get each other to vote, we can win.
- What is “Vote Tripling?” Vote tripling is a two-step F2F voter turnout technique. First, we ask voters if they are willing to remind 3 friends to vote. When they say yes, we collect the first names of those 3 friends, and record them with the voter. Second, before the election, we send the voter a text message reminding them to check in with those 3 friends as soon as possible. Studies show this simple pledge and reminder to be effective at increasing turnout. As an Ambassador, your job is to recruit Vote Triplers, and to ensure they have what they need to follow up with their 3 friends.
2. Voting in the upcoming primary, amid COVID-19
The Georgia primary election was initially scheduled for March 24, and was delayed twice due to COVID-19. The election will now be held on June 9, and the goal of this project is to get folks to vote in that election. Here is everything you need to know about the primary, and how to vote in it:
- Important Dates for the Georgia Primary.
- Submit vote by mail application: May 31 (may be updated by Secretary of State)
- Put your mail ballot in the mail: June 5 (may be updated by Secretary of State)
- Or, Vote in person: June 9.
- What primary? Didn’t Biden already win? There are lots of elections on the ballot on June 9, besides the Democratic nomination for President. There is a competitive race for the Democratic nomination for Senator, to run against Republican Senator Perdue in the fall. And, depending where you live, there may be competitive races for state legislature. You can find out who will be on your ballot here, at BallotReady.
- Registering to Vote. The first step in making a difference is registering to vote. You can check anyone’s registration status here. If they aren’t registered, click “Register” and find a driver’s license or an identification card issued by GA Department of Driver Services (click here if they don’t have either). Fill out all the information, print the page, sign it, and mail the application to the relevant . Once the voter registration card is received, follow the steps outlined in the next section.
- Voting By Mail. In response to COVID-19, the Secretary of State sent all active registered voters an absentee ballot application. This application is not a ballot. To get an absentee ballot, voters need to complete this application and submit it to their county registrar. Then, voters will receive a ballot they can complete and submit.
- Go here for more information on requesting another application or submitting your application.
- Be careful filling out your ballot - ballots can be rejected for even small mistakes. Some of the most common reasons ballots are rejected are: (i) the ballot is missing a signature, (ii) the ballot’s signature does not match the signature on file for the voter, or (iii) the ballot arrives late. Make sure to read every line and follow the rules carefully - for example, you must put your birthdate by your signature, not the day’s date. Do not give the Secretary of State a reason to reject the ballot.
- Voting in person. It is also possible to vote in person on June 9. Voters can find their polling location here.
- Active vs. Inactive Registration. Unfortunately, just because you are registered does not mean you can actually vote without issue. Registered Georgians who have not voted in two general elections and have not contacted their board of elections in that time are deemed inactive (check your status here). They will not be receiving an absentee ballot application, so there are more steps involved for inactive voters. You can find them here.
3. The Program
There are three steps in the Ambassador program:
- Step 1: Find your targets. To do this, you’ll use a simple app called Reach; we’ll share instructions with you when you sign up. You’ll enter your zip code or your street and you’ll find a list of voters near you who rarely vote, or who we think have friends who rarely vote. These are the folks we’re trying to reach in this primary.
- Step 2: Organize. Reach out to the folks you found in Step 1 — call them, knock on their doors (if you can safely do so!), email them, Facebook them, however you want to get in touch. Ask them if they’re willing to remind 3 friends to vote in the upcoming primary. If they say yes, you’ll ask them to think of the three friends or family they’ll remind, and let you know those folks’ first names or nicknames; you’ll record those names so we can send them a reminder. (They don’t have to be full names or even names at all – anything that will remind them who they decided they’d reach out to!) And you’ll ask them for permission to share their phone number with us, so we can send them a quick text reminder before the election.
- Step 3: Record your triplers. If they say, yes: great! To seal the deal, you’ll open up their record in Reach and record that they agreed to be a vote tripler. If anything in particular comes up in your conversation, or if you want to note how you got in touch with that person or how you know them, you can write it in the notes field.
- Payment: As compensation for your organizing time, we will pay you:
- $25 once you sign up and recruit your first 3 Vote Triplers
- $5 for each Vote Tripling thereafter
Questions? Email us at Reach@ngpaf.org.
Ready to be an Ambassador? Fill in this interest form, and we’ll give you a quick call to seal the deal.