For one in ten voters, according to a Yale Survey in May 2004, the environment is their single most important electoral issue. Unfortunately,
many of these "environment-first" voters don't always make it to the polls. So, getting them there is one of the Sierra Club's top priorities this November.
Here are ten ways that you can help make the environment matter on November 2.
The biggest single reason that an infrequent voter decides to vote is because someone asks
them to. You can be that person. Forward this e-mail to 1,000 of your closest friends. Urge
them to learn more about the environmental
records of the candidates.
Join a voter-education walk or
voter-education phone bank in your
community. For example, every weekend in Philadelphia, environmental advocates go
door-to-door to educate voters about the candidates' records on clean air and clean water.
And four days a week Club volunteers staff phone banks in Montgomery County or downtown
Philadelphia. The Club's voter-education program is contacting thousands of voters in
Philadelphia and ten other communities. Visit www.sierraclubvotes.org to learn more.
Every $50 donation creates 30 more direct contacts with environmental voters in critical
battleground states. Find out how you can support the Club's voter education campaign.
You can travel to a nearby state through the
Club's "Road to Somewhere" program
or, even simpler, talk to residents of battleground states on the phone. For example, in
early August, forty San Francisco area volunteers took a bus to Reno and talked to 1,000
Nevada voters about Bush and Kerry's environmental records. Almost a quarter of the people
they spoke with signed up to volunteer!
On the weekend of Sept. 18 and 19, similar opportunities will occur all over the country to
travel to a nearby state and talk one-to-one with environmentally minded voters. To sign up
and learn more about the road program, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact your local
chapter and ask how you can get involved.
If you are not yet registered to vote, you still can. Get your national voter-registration form
and send it in today!
While you're at it, encourage five of your friends and neighbors to do the same. Remember,
millions of people move every year, and many of them neglect to register at their new homes.
Write an editorial to your local paper
urging readers to get the facts before
they vote and contrasting the candidates' records on environmental protection. Letters to
the editor are one of the most widely read parts of the newspaper. The Sierra Club provides
tips on writing an
effective letter and information that
you can use to make your points including a side-by-side comparison of Kerry's and
Call a radio talk show to talk about the candidates' record on protecting the environment.
Have fun. Invite your friends, family, and neighbors. Talk about how the candidates'
environmental priorities affect your community. Contact your Club chapter for mailing
lists and house-party tips.
Make sure you get to the polls and vote on Nov. 2. Also, consider ways you can help friends
and family to vote, like calling to remind them or offering to drive them to the polls on
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