Electoral Resources Guide
What can I do today to support our democracy & get progressive candidates elected?
Learn more about out the ACLU’s Voting Rights Initiatives, such as signing and amplifying your support for the Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Familiarize yourself with voting restrictions and major litigation that could impact voting access with help from the Brennan Center.
If you had elections in November, debrief on your experiences with your group members to see what you can learn for 2018.
Start planning now for Spring fundraisers (see Spring 2018 for some ideas).
Research the candidate landscape so you can coordinate civic education forums in the Spring to help your group members learn more about who is running as well as get them excited about the upcoming races.
Encourage members of your groups to:
- Find out who is running for offce and begin volunteering for and donating to candidates that they support
- Research the time and location of local government meetings and attend them to understand the issues being discussed in your community
- Consider running for local offce with the help of Emerge, She Should Run, Emily’s List
Host a local Gerrymandering 5K to raise awareness and funds simultaneously! Similar events will be held across the country this spring!
Host local candidate forums and debates either in-person or online via video for your community
Check out MoveOn.org to volunteer for a set of down ballot candidates they are endorsing
Use Demand The Vote to find important deadlines for elections in your state so you can educate your community about where and how to vote
Host house parties to raise money to to support organizations that work to register, educate, and mobilize unlikely voters
Train your group members and neighbors to phone bank, canvass, and peer-to-peer text
Hit the phones and the streets using those skills you honed over the summer!
Make canvassing, peer-to-peer texting, and phone banking a group activity
Use carpoolvote.com to encourage volunteers to sign up to drive people to the polls and provide outreach to those who might need a ride
Vote together! Making voting a group activity so you can hold each other accountable for showing up
YOU CAN DO THESE THREE THINGS ALL YEAR ROUND:
1. Talk to your neighbors about the importance of voting and local races.
2. Donate to and volunteer for candidates you support.
3. Boost turnout in your area by joining the fight for voting rights and make registering and voting more accessible.
How does the Democratic Party work?
THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE
Responsible for governing the Democratic Party.
THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
Helps to recruit, assist funds, and elect Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives.
DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS’ ASSOCIATION
Organized to support Democratic governors and candidates across the nation.
DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
Works to win state legislative seats and chambers for Democrats by building and maintaining winning, state-of-the-art campaign committees.
THE DEMOCRATIC SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
Working to elect more Democrats to the US Senate, through candidate recruitment & providing campaign funds for tight races.
THE ASSOCIATION OF STATE DEMOCRATIC CHAIRS
Helps build strong state parties in order to elect Democrats from the statehouse to the White House.
STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTIES
Work to elect local, state, and federal candidates in their states—from the ground up, in every single precinct in the country.
What tools are available to get the work done?
VoterCircle is a powerful and easy to use friend-to-friend outreach platform that enables your supporters to leverage their personal relationships to benefit your campaign or organization
We believe that elected o cials matter at every level of government. The BallotReady dataset goes all the way down the ballot, with information on all 45,000 positions up for election in 2018, and more. We use this information to power tools for candidates, advocacy groups, and more.
Recruit candidates - find information on every position where potential candidates are eligible to run, all the way down ballot
Custom Voter Guides - create digital voter guides focused on your candidates and issues that voters can use on their phone, in the voting booth.
Make a Plan to Vote - based on behavioral science proven to increase turnout, help voters nd their polling place, commit to a time, and sign up for text message reminders to turn out to vote every election
MobilizeAmerica is a platform that connects individuals, grassroots groups, and national progressive organizations with the most impactful volunteer-led electoral actions to elect Democrats. Our mobile app and event scheduling platform allow anyone to nd high impact campaign events near them and allows hard working candidates to know help is coming.
How it works:
- We build relationships with Democratic candidates
- We partner with activist groups to facilitate action
- Access our platform on the web, via SMS, or via the app
- Sign up for actions near you!
- Access training materials on voter contact methods
Your work directly gets more Democrats elected!
In a blue area? Here’s how to find a swing race to support in addition to your own:
Swing Districts are places where the winner of the last House of Representatives election was determined by a thin margin. Swing Left helps you nd and commit to supporting progressives in your closest Swing District so that you can help ensure we take back the House in 2018. Find your closest Swing District and join the team to learn about actionable opportunities as they become available.
Current Swing Districts:
Alaska’s At-Large District (AK-AL) Alabama (AL-02)
Arizona (AZ-01, AZ-02)
California (CA-07, CA-10, CA-21, CA-24, CA- 25, CA-39, CA-45, CA-48, CA-49)
Colorado (CO-03, CO-06)
Florida (FL-07, FL-13, FL-15, FL-18, FL-26, FL-27)
Iowa (IA-01, IA-02, IA-03)
Illinois (IL-06, IL-10, IL-12)
Michigan (MI-07, MI-11)
Minnesota (MN-01, MN-02, MN-03, MN-07, MN-08)
North Carolina (NC-02 NC-13)
Nebraska (NE-02 )
New Hampshire (NH-01, NH-02)
New Jersey (NJ-05, NJ-07)
Nevada (NV-03, NV-04)
New York (NY-03, NY-11, NY-19, NY-22, NY- 24)
Pennsylvania (PA-06, PA-07, PA-08, PA-16, PA-17)
Texas (TX-07 , TX-23, TX-32) Utah (UT-04)
Virginia (VA-02, VA-10)
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When you sign up to volunteer, you will be connected with your local Sister District team, which is led by volunteer District Captains. Your team will be matched with a strategically important and winnable race that needs your help, and you will be given speci c actions to take to support that race. Actions may include (but are not limited to) donating money, spreading the word on social media, phone banking, text-banking, fundraising, and canvassing. Sister District will be in direct contact with the campaigns we support and we will have speci c action items from the campaign for volunteers to take on.