Contact us if you have a question or comment that you would like answered here. We are especially interested in your campaign experiences, including Vote-By-Mail info not already contained in our spreadsheet. Here is a list of FAQs.
Frequently Asked Questions (document)
- What is text banking?
- What is phone banking?
- What do I need to send postcards?
- What is "Write Letters to Voters" and VoteFWD?
- What is the difference between Mail-In Voting, Absentee Voting, and Early Voting?
Text banking is an effective way to have quality conversations with voters via SMS. You do not text from your personal cell phone, instead you text via a website or app a pre-written text to voters. It may take some time (a couple hours) to familiarize yourself with the platform being used to send the texts, the scripts of answers to each type of response, and the best practices, but there is always training and a group of moderators who can help answer questions. It is easy and requires little time, you can do it while watching TV! Six in ten Americans send and receive text messages. That means we can use text messages to reach people we might not be able to connect with otherwise, in a format we already know they’re comfortable using.
What is text banking?
Peer-to-peer phone banking is the fastest and easiest way to make an impact this November. You may have to use your personal phone to make calls during events, but some platforms will allow you to call from the website. There is usually a training, script, and lots of support folks and documents to assist you. Phone banking is proven to be one of the most effective digital tools available to boost voter turnout and allows you to speak with voters in real time and discuss why it’s imperative they cast their vote in defense of our democracy this November.
What is phone banking?
You will be sent postcards, addresses, and instructions. You provide $0.35 stamps and mail the cards as instructed. There may be a minimum of postcards per order, but you can partner with other volunteers and order them in bulk.
What do I need to send postcards?
VoteFWD provides activists with names, addresses and a data-driven proven template to write letters to voters in important states. Letter writers will save their letters and send them right before the election so that voters receive them at the most-strategic moment.
What is Write Letters to Voters and VoteFWD?
Mail-In Voting, Absentee Voting and Early Voting are sometimes used interchangeably but each does have a technical difference. In all three cases the ballot is being cast outside of the normal Election Day voting process. Mail-In Voting and Absentee Voting entail receiving a ballot in advance (usually by mail but sometimes can be picked up at an election office) and mailing or delivering it to the appropriate election office by a stated deadline which can be different in each state. Some jurisdictions also provide drop boxes for ballots (usually located at or near an election site). Absentee Voting was traditionally used for voters who had an excuse for not voting on election day. This has morphed into Mail-In Voting where an excuse is not needed. However, some states still require an excuse for voting by mail. Early voting refers to going in person to vote on a date other than Election Day. Some states refer to this as in-person absentee voting. This link provides some information on Mail-In Voting for the locations we are highlighting on this website.