Lean Left Weekly Action Update – Reclaim Our Vote Actions

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Election 2020

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“We found 198,351 Georgia voters who supposedly moved from their registration addresses who, in fact, have not moved at all, and therefore were wrongly purged, a 63.3% error rate.”

Georgia Voter Roll Purge Errors
Investigative Fund Report for the
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia

“In North Carolina, absentee ballots have already been sent back and the state has been updating statistics on those ballots daily. As of September 17, Black voters’ ballots are being rejected at more than four times the rate of white voters, according to the state’s numbers.”

FiveThirtyEight
“North Carolina Is Already Rejecting Black Voters’
Mail-in Ballots More Often than White Voters'”


Georgia & North Carolina Voters Face Voter Suppression

Reclaim Our Vote (ROV) has phone banks in both Georgia and North Carolina. Given the information we have about voters being purged from the rolls, ballots being rejected, and poll places closed, voters in these states need our help now! In Georgia’s Bibb County, it is estimated that there are 154,659 inactive voters and 692,287 voters who have been dropped from the polls. In North Carolina there are 424,088 unregistered voters and 237,014 inactive voters.

Start making calls in Bibb County, Georgia here
Start making calls in a number of counties in North Carolina here.

Phone Banking Round Table Discussion
Monday, September 21, 6:00PM to 7:00PM

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Discuss phone banking with beginners and experts: how to get started phone banking, challenges we face when first making calls, what keeps people coming back for more, and stories, tips, and advice. You’ll have a chance to ask questions, share your own experiences, and learn about what lies ahead in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

Questions? Contact us at leanleftcvt@gmail.com


NEW! Sunday Phone Banking
at the Resistance Cafe!
4:00-6:00 PM
Start your week out right with a couple of hours reaching out to voters and connecting with experienced phone bankers. 
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Elections Are Won by Doing the Grunt Work

“I signed up to talk to voters, but I rarely get a live person on the phone.” 
— Discouraged Phone Bank Volunteer

We hear this a lot. And yes, it is true the phone bank work right now is grunt work. But this is the deal. These calls are doing three very important things: 

  1. They are cleaning up lists so that when we go into October and Get Out the Vote is in high gear, these lists will be productive. 
  2. This work identifies voters and volunteers.
  3. And if you reach only one person, that person could help protect voters at the polls or get three of their friends to remember to vote. It is a pebble dropped in a pond.

JP Thomas, the Regional Voter Protection Director for Wisconsin, said this recently, “Our recruitment phone banks are a higher priority than our hotline. We absolutely have to recruit poll observers and poll workers.

What is it that Trump just said a few days ago in North Carolina “Watch it. Be poll watchers when you go there. Watch all the thieving and stealing and robbing they do. The only way Democrats can win is by doing very bad things.”

Come on grunt team! You can do this. 


Resistance Labs Every Single Day!

Resistance Labs has been texting pretty much every single day (and will continue through November 3!) for groups like Black Voters Matter, Power the Polls, Vote from Home 2020 and many more, as well as for specific candidates in strategic races. These texting campaigns help folks vote by mail, recruit poll workers and other volunteers, and just generally get out the vote for Democrats! 

They use Spoke to text and Slack for communication and support, AND they have live texting parties every Wednesday evening on Zoom!  A nice perk of texting with RL is that when you’re done texting, reassigning your conversations (so that you don’t have to manage replies that come in over the next few days) is as easy as clicking a button in Spoke!

If you’ve texted with them before, head to their Slack workspace to join the latest campaign. If you haven’t, get started HERE to get trained and plugged in! 

Brand New to Textbanking?

Head to our website and the Text page to learn more about this
flexible, fun, effective way to take action.
Questions? Support? Contact Drea


Get Rid of the Election BluesSpend 2 hours a week with other activists working on the election. Get the work done and feel better! Here is a place to talk about both your successes AND your frustrations. Share stories and experiences with other volunteers. We help each other get over technological problems and answer questions about campaigns. Tuesday or Thursday, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
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And now we have Sunday phone banking
from 4:00 to 6:00
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Panicked about the Election? Don’t Know Where to Start?Check out the resources on our website — Make Calls and Text 
There are loads of training materials. Then come to a Cafe. If you need more help or have question, get in touch here


Moving From Postcards to Phone Calls

We’re winding down with postcards but we’re not finished yet! We’ve almost met our goal of 40,000 postcards for September, so we’re upping that goal to 50,000 postcards by our final—FINAL—mailing deadline of October 10th. 

We’re writing to voters in Fulton County, GA, epicenter for voter suppression tactics in 2018. Join us in turning these voters out to vote for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Sign up HERE

We’ve written more than 200,000 postcards for Reclaim Our Vote since 2019, and they need our help now! All proceeds from Lean Lean postcards sold between September 21st and October 5th will go to support the Reclaim Our Vote Billboard Campaign (see below).

Special Message to Postcard Writers 
Time to Make Calls for Reclaim Our Vote!

  1. Use this Beginner Guide to start making calls for Reclaim Our Vote 
  2. If you need extra help, attend a Reclaim Our Vote Phone Bank Training.
  3. Join us at a Resistance Cafe to call with other Lean Left activists.

 Phone Bank Training for Introverts (and Friends)Tuesday Sept 22 at 7 pm Eastern,
led by three terrific SF-based introverts. Sign up HERE.


We Made Our Goal! $100,000Thanks to everyone who dug deep to give more, we smashed our fundraising goal. Who said that small donors don’t count?! Together we count big!But there is much more to do!
Check out the fundraising campaigns.
Final week for Rebuild the Blue Wall Donate Here!

Starting September 21 Reclaim Our Vote
Billboard Campaign for Rural Voters 
Donate HERE

Learn more about Lean Left’s Giving Circles HERE!


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

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