UUCF volunteers have formed an organizing team to lead UUCF in its efforts to get out the vote, encourage voter registration and help to end voter suppression. The team is Susan Bennett, Betsy Bicknell, Kaye Cook, David Heagy, Sharon Johnson, Marcia Tugendhat and Karen Wolf, with assistance from Social Justice Coordinator Andrew Batcher. The team is continuing its work even as the UUCF community is practicing physical distancing.
Ways to take action
UU the Vote Monthly Letter-Writing Parties
Participate in UUCF’s ongoing efforts to turn out under-represented voters in swing states for the November election in collaboration with Vote Forward. Adults who are able to vote are invited to sign up to participate in monthly Zoom letter-writing parties. Sign-ups will be posted in the weekly “Staying Connected” bulletin and on the What’s happening page of the website.
Sign up with Vote Forward
Write letters on your own between Zoom parties or instead of Zoom parties to get out the vote in key swing states.
UU the Vote joins with Ask Your College
Getting out the vote this November will be more challenging, and more important, than at any other time in our history. Votes by college students are likely to be critical this year. The Ask Your College campaign seeks to enlist college administrators in registering students and getting them to vote. Watch this recording of the launch call with former Ambassador Samantha Power. (Password = #Vote2020#)
You can then take five easy steps to join the initiative:
- Sign up to contact a specific college. A college where you are a student, parent, alum, staff or faculty is your best bet.
- Find out what the college is already doing regarding voter registration and who the key stakeholders are.
- Reach out to your connections by email, phone or letter. Find sample content here.
- Encourage others you know to join the Ask your College campaign
- Follow up with your college contacts, with Ask your College and with UU the Vote UUCF.
Request your mail-in absentee ballot for primary elections and the November election.
Voters may apply online. Encourage friends and family who are sheltering-in-place during this time of COVID-19 to request and mail in ballots.
Join Reclaim Our Vote
Reclaim Our Vote is a non-partisan campaign to fight voter suppression in six states. Sign up to attend an online training for participating in their three digital outreach campaigns (postcards, phone banking, texting) to contact voters of color in voter-suppression states to help them register and vote.
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