Donate a few hours t0 this cause and to make a major difference!
We are looking for volunteers from all parts of the state. So no matter if you are from the Eastern Shore, northern Virginia, southwest Virginia, OneVirginia2021 needs you!
1. What do I have to do?
-OneVirginia2021 is only asking for a few hours out of your day. You will be handing out information to voters as they leave the polling place. We have found that voters are much more likely to talk and take information after they complete their civic duty. You will also be given a “sign-up” sheet, that we want as many people to sign as possible!
2. Am I going to receive training?
-Of course! OneVirginia2021 will be having both training meetings and training calls to prepare everyone for Election Day. These meetings will teach you our talking points and some of the frequently asked questions we get at the polls. The conversation is pretty easy: “Hey, thanks for coming to vote! We’re living in this weird gerrymandered district (points to picture of weird district) and we’re petitioning the General Assembly to stop these shenanigans – want to join us?”
3. Do I have to bring anything?
-Yes and No. OneVirginia2021 will supply all signs, handouts, buttons, stickers, pens, clipboards, and information. You may want to bring a chair or some water and of course a big smile!
4. Am I going to have fun?
-YES! OneVirginia2021 had 500+ volunteers help us out during the primaries and ALL of them are coming back to help again! We have heard nothing but great things from our volunteers as they tell us about their experiences. Stopping gerrymandering is one of the very few topics that reaches across all political lines and brings people together. People like learning about this and people like to know about how broad and multi-partisan our organization is!
Step 1: Collect your materials
An OneVirginia2021 representative will have all the materials and information you need. (You will have a yard sign and stand, literature, stickers, and interest sign-up form with clipboards and pens.) We also recommend bringing water, sunglasses, and a chair.
Step 2: Election Day.
Arrive at your designated polling place on June 13th and make yourself comfortable. Place your sign in a prominent location. (We are not technically electioneering, but we tend to abide by the 40 ft rule anyway so as to avoid ruffling feathers.) Wear your OneVirginia2021 sticker so you look official! Some volunteers bring tables or chairs, others just stand with their clipboard. It’s up to you.
Step 3: Talk to voters!
It’s best to wait until after people have voted and talk to them on their way out. Remember, this is a multi-partisan effort so you can talk to anyone – some people won’t be interested, but there are very few people (outside the General Assembly!) who disagree with redistricting reform. It’s a rare unifying issue and people are often relieved to participate in that kind of conversation.
Step 4: Ask them to sign up.
We are just asking for name and email address so that we can keep them up to date on our progress.
Step 5: Send them home with OneVirginia2021 literature.
Some voters aren’t ready to sign right away – they want to learn more. The literature will help educate them about the issue and direct them to our website, social media, etc. Often, they will sign up from home.
Step 6: Feel a swelling sense of civic pride.
At the end of your shift, you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done. You will have been a crucial part of the redistricting reform movement. You are a democracy crusader. Working the polls helps us spread the word about the reform movement and grow our supporter base more than anything else we do.
You do not have to follow the script word for word. It is a guideline and suggestion for you to use until you get comfortable talking about this!
ELECTION DAY SCRIPT:
1) Thank you for voting! Do you have 1 minute to hear how a non-partisan organization is making sure your vote counts??
1a) If no/no response, hand them the paper and ask if they would quickly sign up to receive more information. Be a little pushy, but pleasant. Smile!!!)
1b) If they engage:
Wonderful, thank you! My name is ________ and I’m a volunteer with OneVirginia2021. We are working to put a stop to Gerrymandering in the State of Virginia! Under the current process, politicians, in a practice called Gerrymandering, use political data to draw their district lines and choose their voters. Currently, it is completely legal! We believe that people should be able to choose their politicians not the other way around! What do you think?
(Hand them the sheet and extend the clipboard towards them. Be patient here because this is where they might have some questions for you. It is better to have a good conversation with one person than to hand the paper to 10.)
2) Here is a little more information. Can I also get you to sign up for our mailing list? We’d love to send you more information and keep you up to date with our progress!
2a) If they do sign up
Thank you so much for your support! And helping make sure citizens pick their politicians!
2b) If they refuse to sign up
I understand if you don’t wish to sign up now. Please find our website on this document. There you can learn more about our organization. We also have a sign up for the mailing list on our site if you change your mind.
This is the paper we ask those interested in our efforts and learning more about redistricting reform to sign. It is only name and email because we want to decrease the barriers for them to sign by not asking for things like Address, phone, and etc.
This is what we will be handing out!