One of our projects this year is an effort to engage voters in their social circles, kicking off the election season with what else, parties! We've prepared materials you can read, download and print out.
What is a Vote! Vote! Vote! Party?
It’s a party YOU have at your house or your favorite coffee shop or your favorite bar. The purpose of the party is to inspire/ encourage/ cajole your friends, relatives, neighbors, etc. to vote in the 2018 primary and general elections.
Why would you have a Vote! Vote! Vote! Party?
Because every vote counts and you know people who don’t vote. The best way to get people to vote is to have someone they know and trust talk to them about voting (this is a research-based truth!) If you have a party and you get just one person to vote who wouldn’t have voted otherwise, you might have changed the future of Kansas politics.
When is your Vote! Vote! Vote! Party?
The official party weekend starts Friday, June 29, June 30th, and ends on Sunday, July 1st, but it’s YOUR party so you get to decide when to host it. We’re going to push out a lot of social media fun on that specific weekend and spotlight as many of the parties as possible, but if you want to host it on a different date that’s totally okay!
Let us know if you’re having a party! Email Liz at email@example.com. We will give you a shout out on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and we’ll send you super-strong party vibes. Plus, we’d like to follow-up and see how we can make this party kit even better.
How do you host your Vote! Vote! Vote! Party?
You invite some people, have some snacks and drinks, and then talk to them about voting. You can use all or some of the materials in this kit:
- Download the whole kit here: Vote! Vote! Vote! Party Kit (.zip)
- Party Description (.pdf)
- Election Dates and Websites (.pdf)
- Voter Checklist (.pdf)
- Menu (.pdf)
- Trivia (.pdf)
- House Party Games (.pdf)
- Party Invitation (.pdf)
We are excited to announce our Voter to Voter project, an innovative pilot project in peer-to-peer advocacy. We have begun identifying partner organizations who will identify ten of their most engaged community members to nominate as ambassadors to the Voter to Voter program. Those ambassadors will connect with ten of their friends, family, and co-workers, and with the help of the Voter to Voter staff, will engage them in the importance of voting, cajoling, convincing, and helping them through the non-partisan steps of registration, education, and voting.
Partner organizations will be able to follow and assist their ambassadors towards the ultimate goal: a community of active, engaged voters who will in turn spread the importance of being engaged and being voters.
We are excited to work with our partners to make a real difference in our communities.
Non-partisan. That's right, we won't tell you who your voters should vote for. We won't push a partisan platform. We just want more people to vote. When more people vote, more people are represented by our representative democracy, and that's good.
Private. Because you're the one getting in touch with your voters, we don't have any of their contact information. And we pledge to use your contact info only for this project. We do use the public voter records available from the Secretary of State, but that's what the campaigns do, too. The difference is, we're giving you the tools.
Effective. In our first pilot trial during the primary election in 2018, our voters turned out at 60%. The state of Kansas turned out at 27.1%, and Johnson County, one of the highest turnout areas, managed to muster just 30%. Even the voters contacted by our Voter to Voter Ambassadors who had not voted in a previous elections did better than that, voting at 41%!
Join us! If your organization, be it an advocacy group, a PTA, a church, a neighborhood business alliance, a small business with a strong community, a home owner's association, a book club, an activist clique, or whoever you are, if you are interested in creating a new culture of voting, get in touch with us!
- Get in touch with us about Voter to Voter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (913) 649-3326
If you are ready to come to a presentation about the program and our tool, a training in how it works, click here to see upcoming trainings and to RSVP.
The Be a Voter initiative is a project of the MainStream Education Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing the political engagement of Kansas citizens.
Be a Voter is a non-partisan effort to increase voter engagement, with the ultimate goal of increasing voter turnout in political elections. With primary and municipal election turnout hovering around 10%, there is a great need to have more citizen voices represented in government. One out of ten voters are making decisions for the other nine.
We have engaged in non-partisan canvassing, phone-banking, and mailing. In the summer and fall of 2016, we supported a dozen interns who took to the streets of Johnson County to meet voters in their homes, at events, even waving signs on street corners on election day. They visited Topeka, met with legislators and other elected officials, and learned what it takes to put the boots on the ground. And they made a difference. Our data suggested that GOTV efforts had an impact on the races where our efforts were placed.
In 2018, we are making several efforts to increase voter engagement by building a culture of voting around the people you know. Conversations about the importance of voting with friends, family, and neighbors, with peers and with people in the community, have been shown to lead to greater engagement and turnout.
Explore our site, our current projects, and help yourself to our voting information. Feel free to ask us questions about voting in Kansas. Sign our voting pledge, and make a plan to vote.
Then, do more than vote. Get involved with your friends and family, with on of our projects, or in your community to get out the vote. Because this is how you make a difference.
Thank you for voting.