This fall, all political eyes will be focused on the handful of
battleground states where experts say the presidential election
and many other races will be decided. The Sierra Club will be trying
to talk to more people, knock on more doors, make more phone calls,
and mobilize more members and voters than in any previous election.
Volunteers aren’t just knocking on any old door: we have identified
environmentally oriented infrequent voters and will be contacting
them multiple times.
You can help in the following ways: making
calls from the comfort of your home, organizing a mailing party
with your local group or chapter, or taking a working vacation to
help with on-the-ground efforts in a nearby state.
Most voter education sites held community walks on the weekends
of September 18-19 and October 9-10. But there will also be an opportunity
for volunteers to participate in the big Get
Out the Vote push the week before the election. To do so, contact
the organizer nearest you, or sign up here.
If a hospitality committee exists in a site, local members will
try and help arrange housing during your stay, or recommend convenient
affordable lodging options.
No matter where you live, there will be opportunities to make phone
calls in support of either voter education or get-out-the-vote activities.
Once you sign up, you will be able to download a list of identified
names, localized scripts, and report-back forms. See this sample
phone script for
Individuals can download ten names at a time, and after reporting
back their results online will be able to get an additional ten
names. Many chapters and groups are hosting cell-phone calling parties,
where volunteers come to someone’s home (or a Club office)
with their cell phones.
(In the tradition of the Sierra Club, these efforts are volunteer-driven
and conducted at minimal cost, so we are looking for participants
who have cell-phone programs with free evening and weekend long-distance.)
If you would like to host a cell-phone party, you will be provided
with detailed instructions and procedures for organizing the event
and obtaining lists with sufficient names for the size of your group.
Please go to sierraclubvotes
The Sierra Club is unable to pay for any travel arrangements or
housing or reimbursement for phone calls during your participation
in the Road to Somewhere program.
This program is an independent voter education effort, in which
we do not advocate for the election or defeat of any candidate.
Instead we educate the voters about the environmental records of
John Kerry and George W. Bush, compare and contrast their records,
and remind all concerned voters to get out and vote. No part of
this program may be coordinated with any presidential campaign or
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