If you truly want to change the tone in both Washington D.C. and Jackson, we must all get involved. It will take participation of all Democrats to get our candidates elected. Over the next 2 years, we will have 8 important elections beginning this November with Congressional Mid-terms, a primary, run-off, general in 2019 for state and county offices, a primary, run-off, and general for President and Congress in 2020. We have a plan, we need help.
To accomplish our goal of electing Democrats, we must follow this strategy laid out to us by former MS Democratic Party Chair Rickey Cole last night at the 4th Congressional District workshop.
- An Absentee Ballot Team
- A coordinator who keeps track of volunteers and location where absentee ballots can be completed and notarized
- A list manager who collects list of phone calls and absentee voters for future use and submits them to the Democratic Chair
- Gathering locations
- Churches or clubs where elderly or other types of absentee voters can come to have their ballots notarized and delivered to the Post Office
- Notaries willing to provide their services for free at each location
- Transports – drivers willing to pick up voter to bring to the location and to deliver completed ballot envelopes to Post Office
- Donation of stamps for voters’ ballot envelopes
- Phone Banking Committee– can be done anywhere using lists provided. Its simple, you ask if they will be voting, do they need an absentee ballot, or do they need a ride to the polls; record the answers for another committee. If phone numbers are incorrect, these names go onto the canvassing list. Volunteers needed to do the following:
- Precinct coordinator – work with phone bankers withing your voting precinct, gather lists and get them to the County Phone Bank Coordinator for future canvass lists
- Phone bankers (callers) – make phone calls to Democratic voters asking if they will commit to vote in November, if they need an absentee ballot, and if they need a ride; record the answers and return to your precinct coordinator
- Get Out the Vote effort. This will be leg work in the neighborhood but from the phone list of those who did not have good numbers as well as social gathering areas like barber shops and churches. Volunteers needed:
- Precinct coordinator – someone who really know their neighborhood and precinct. Can identify best non-geographic area to canvass
- Canvassers to walk/drive the precinct visiting Democrats who are not regular voters and asking them to commit to vote in November, if they need an absentee ballot and if they need a ride; record the answers and return to the coordinator for use on Election Day
- Finally, Poll Watchers for Election Day. Did you work the primary but are not working the polls this November? Could you volunteer to be a poll watcher?
- Duties of a Poll Watcher:
- You will be present at the polling place all day seated where you can hear the voters’ name.
- You will have a list of committed voters from above activities and you will check them off as they vote
- You must have a working cell phone so you can report to the County List Manager who has voted in your precinct.
- Reports are called in at 10 am, 2 pm, and 4 pm.
I hope you see that we need lots of committed volunteers. Our committee can coordinate and do some of this but we have 28 precincts that should be covered and not that many members of our committee. It will take all hands on deck to deliver Pearl River County to Jeramey Anderson, Mike Espy, David Baria in the Congressional races and either Vanassa Jones or Stacy Barber in the Chancery Court District 10 Place 4 judicial race. Please help us change our county, state and nation.