Republicans are doing their best to suppress the vote across the nation, so this month we’re ramping up our voter registration outreach with phone calls. We know that talking to people about registering to vote definitely works! Sign up here to phonebank with us.
Hesitating because you’ve never done it? Let’s bust the TOP 5 MYTHS of phonebanking!
Myth #1: People are going to yell at me
You might think that in today’s polarized society (hello, Fox News!) yelling is very common, but actually, it’s rare for a stranger to yell at you on a call. Most people who don’t want to talk will hang up or decline to answer. Phonebanking this September with Activate22 is a great way to get started because the core message is one that every American can embrace — encouraging people to register to vote.
Myth #2: I don’t know what to say
The campaign we are following provides scripts to get you comfortable with the ask and the main talking points. We have a phonebanking lead on every Zoom call who can answer questions as they come up.
The most important thing is to speak from your heart on the importance of voter registration and give instructions on how to sign up.
Myth #3: Phonebanking isn’t very effective
Political scientists who’ve studied decades of data have determined that a volunteer phone bank that reaches 1,000 people will produce about 28 new voters. This is exactly the kind of important work that builds meaningful systemic change. This is how we helped flip Arizona blue and how we will flip many more states over time.
Myth #4: No one answers calls from strangers
Some people will answer. Many people will appreciate getting a call about voter registration — it’s something they have been thinking about and meaning to do. People who have felt isolated due to COVID-19 will appreciate having a connection with a caring caller.
Myth #5: Phonebanking is only for extroverts
Introverts excel at asking questions and listening to concerns, which are key to understanding and helping unregistered voters. Your passion for voter registration will come through whether you are an extrovert or not. Apply your quiet power!
OK, so now you have to admit, this doesn’t seem so bad, right? Just try ONE shift!
The more voters, the more prepared we are for ’22 and ’24. But the work starts NOW!! Sign up today for shifts. Voter Participation Center and Activate America will train us as part of each call and be there to coach us on how to get people motivated to register to vote. Let’s get some folks started on a lifetime of voting. We have shifts available on September 18, 19, 21, 26, 28, and 29.
SIGN UP HERE for a PHONEBANK SHIFT (or two)
Not quite ready to phonebank but interested in helping to support our efforts? We are asking for donations to help cover the cost of using an automatic dialer for our upcoming voter registration phonebank. If you are able, we would love any financial support you can provide.
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