Pennsylvania is key to winning the country, and VBM is key to winning in PA
Winning in Pennsylvania
Depends on Vote by Mail
The upcoming primary on June 2 is the first opportunity for Pennsylvanians to vote by mail (VBM). They must request a VBM ballot by May 26 for the primary, and they must get their ballots in by election day on June 2.
The big payoff?
Every VBM voter can automatically receive another ballot for November and for every year going forward.
What does that mean for you?
Every call you make that gets someone to VBM is an investment in Democratic wins for years to come.
Collaboration is key
Swing Left Greater Boston is partnering with Turn PA Blue and Red2Blue on the launch of a new wave of phone banking efforts in PA. The campaign has one aim: to increase VBM participation in PA, particularly among low-propensity voters -- including low- income households and people of color -- in the primary on June 2 and the general election on November 3.
Phone banks pave the way
To support this effort, Frances Brumley is building an integrated network of phone bank captains as Swing Left Greater Boston’s contribution to VBM in Pennsylvania. Frances has targets for quantity: number of calls, volunteers, captains, etc. At the same time, her focus is on quality: clear communication, easy-to-use tools, best practices, and a sense of community.
(Read more about Frances in the profile below and catch next week’s article for how she’ll be applying her philosophy of community building to the phone bank effort.)
Help launch the campaign
Get in on the ground floor at the
Campaign Launch Event
on Saturday, May 23 @ 12:00 pm. You’ll meet the key players, hear more about how to get involved, and get a sneak preview of the new PA Phone Bank Toolkit.
Ten days, 10,000 calls
Be part of the first drive We’ll be encouraging and helping Pennsylvanians to request VBM ballots by May 26 and then return them by June 2.
It’s time to launch a new wave of phone banking for Pennsylvania!
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As COVID-19 unsettles our ability to run elections normally, the risks to safe and inclusive elections are greater than ever.
The Pine Tree State Needs Us
Any path to retaking the Senate runs through Maine. To win, we need to ensure that every eligible Mainer registers, votes, and has their vote counted.
Republicans are brazen about using any means necessary to suppress the vote. Look at Wisconsin, where conservatives in power forced voters to go to the polls at the height of coronavirus. Across the country, the GOP is doing everything possible to intimidate voters (especially minorities and students), challenge ballots, and make hard to register or get an absentee ballot.
Swing Left is partnering with the Maine Dems and Ryder Kessler, their Director of Voter Protection, to prevent voter suppression and intimidation in Maine.
Advocate for less restrictive voting laws
Promote voting by mail
Recruit poll workers, poll watchers and vote counting monitors
Staff a voter hotline in advance of the July 14th primary and November general election
What would you do in the summer between graduating from Divinity School and beginning Law School? Frances Brumley is running SLGB’s vote-by-mail (VBM) phone bank campaign for the state of Pennsylvania.
“Last summer, I did faith-based outreach work in support of Louisiana Gov. Edwards’ re-election campaign; I focused on Religion, Ethics, and Politics for my masters. The transition to this year’s elections was inevitable,” says Frances.
Brumley chose to work in Pennsylvania because there’s a huge possibility of swinging the state legislature, and the fate of the presidential election largely rests on getting Biden elected there. She chose this particular campaign because of the chance to work with experienced organizers and dedicated volunteers.