Chasing Ballots and Other Actions You Can Take This Week

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Painting Credit: "America" by August Burns
Painting Credit: “America” by August Burns

“To say that the answer is to go cast a ballot feels not just inadequate, but also disrespectful. ‘Go vote’ sounds like a slogan, not a solution. Because millions of us have voted. And too many still die. The moment requires many things of each one of us. What I am focused on is the work of showing people, in concrete ways, what voting gets us. And being honest about how much work voting requires…Voting will not save us from harm, but silence will surely damn us all. “

Stacey Abrams, “I Know Voting Feels Inadequate Right Now” 

New York Times, June 5, 2020

Actions You Can Take This Week

Georgia’s primary is on Tuesday, June 9. Reclaim Our Vote is chasing 200,000 ballots in Georgia! We’re focused on getting voters turn in their absentee ballots to their polling location or vote in person.  Make Calls to Georgia voters of color. Need help getting started? Watch the ROV Phone Bank Training Video.

Turnout2020 is a national campaign calling inconsistent voters in key swing states to urge them to take action. Turnout2020’s focus is on driving Democrats to turn out and vote in order to secure the presidency and take back the Senate. Join one of their Turnout Tuesdays or a Turnout Power Hour this week (using the auto-dialer ThruTalk). Learn more and sign up to receive training materials, log-on and more. 

Phone banking too scary? Sign up here for our monthly training and see what it is all about. You will be surprised how easy it is and how great it is talking with voters.

Keep track of your totals! Lean Left wants to hear about all the good work you’re doing. How many conversations with voters are you having? Share the results of a conversation, and we’ll share this info with Lean Lefters around the state. Complete this Phone Bank Tally Sheet every time you make calls.

Have questions? Need support?
Get in touch with us here. 


Organizing Together: North Carolina needs your help to mobilize volunteers in the strategically critical state of North Carolina!  Sign up here for a shift on June 9 and/or June 11,  and they will email you everything you need to get set up to text from anywhere you have a computer and internet connection, no phone or texting plan needed! New to peer-to-peer texting (aka textbanking)? Check out leanleft.org/text for more info or sign up for our monthly training here.


North Carolina addresses will be arriving soon, but, until then, remember that the goal of Reclaim Our Vote is to help voters register and mail in their ballots in target states. Build on the impact of the postcards you’ve already sent by making calls to voters. Watch the Reclaim Our Vote Phone Bank Training Video or sign up for a phone bank training/work session. *Volunteers needed to assist with info/quality control for NC counties (you’ll be helping confirm phone numbers and URLs). Contact Dana at leanleftcvt@gmail.com.

Write Letters While You Wait for Postcards

We’re writing Vote Forward letters for absentee voting ahead of the July 14th primary in Maine. These letters are a partnership between the Maine Dems and Vote Forward. Learn more and sign up HERE.



Money talks!  Commit to joining or starting your own Giving Circle. In addition to all the other actions, we need to support the groups and candidates who will get out the vote and lead us to victory in November. Learn more about how Giving Circles work here. 


New Schedule!
The Cafe’s working sessions will be held twice a month through August. Join us and sign up HERE. But if twice a month isn’t enough for you, considering wandering over to the Indivisible Mad River Valley Cafe held every Thursday. Bring a friend or a bunch of friends who are actively phone banking or texting. It is more fun working together.

Training Opportunities: Are You Ready to Roll?
As primaries come to a close in many states, we need to gear up for work that will help protect voting rights, register voters, and get the voters’ ballots counted. Check out Lean Left’s training schedules: phone banking here and texting here.


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Lean Left Vermont works to elect Democrats and Progressives in key states around the nation. We empower Vermonters to engage in strategic, targeted actions that will flip congressional and state-level seats from red to blue, or keep seats blue.

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