Don’t Sit on the Sidelines
As it has been said many times, 2020 will be known as “the” year. In addition to the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, this was also “the” year where we broke records for the most days in a calendar year where we reached or exceeded 110 degrees. This was “the” year where in Maricopa County we broke both voter registration and voter turnout records for the August primary. Lastly, this will be “the” year where we make real change in AZ with what will undoubtedly be a historic election. What are YOU going to do in 2020?
During our September LD20 meeting, we heard about the ways you can directly help with the November election. Perhaps you’ll want to consider being a Poll Worker (must be a registered voter) which is a paid position through the County Recorders office? More info HERE. Or, maybe you want to be a Poll Observer where you would report on issues affecting our voters – becoming the eyes and ears across the state. If so, visit: www.azdem.org/pollobserver
The simplest way you can help is to ensure your friends are voting this year. If you hear them say, “my vote doesn’t count,” remind them that elections have been won/lost by only a handful of votes. Help them make a plan to go to the polls. In LD20, we will once again be fortunate to have one of the Vote Centers open on the first day of in person voting and for the duration of the voting period. No excuses for not voting in LD20 for 2020!
Lastly, this is not the year to sit on the sidelines. Help our candidates by dialing a few numbers during a phone bank and/or dropping off literature at front doors of our voters in LD20 – see below for the various ways you can help out. Let’s make 2020 end on a positive note. Do YOUR part and get involved!
Just under four years ago, I found myself immersed in the world of politics and perhaps some of you are in the same boat today. I found myself having to learn a new language so that I would feel comfortable with getting involved. There’s all of these new terms and acronyms – what do they all mean? This week’s edition of our newsletter is here to help you get started with understanding the vernacular as you begin your journey to helping out. For example, isn’t a canvas something used for painting? What’s a “lit drop”? Do you make deposits at a phone bank? Is GOTV a channel where you can find all of the political shows? What’s a “PEVL”?
Let’s get started with some definitions of these terms. A canvass (with two “s”) is an organized walk where we contact/talk with voters on behalf of candidates, propositions, or basically imparting information to voters. A “lit drop” is where we aren’t talking with our voters, instead we are placing campaign literature at their door, essentially dropping the lit at the doors. A “phone bank” or “virtual phone bank” (aka: VPB) is the mechanism we have for contacting voters by phone with a script pertaining to our candidates. All of the phone numbers are loaded up and you just call voters. “GOTV” stands for “Get Out The Vote” where it’s an organized effort to remind people to vote – typically this is done when ballots “drop” (are mailed) and again just a few days before and leading up to election day. Lastly, a “PEVL” (pronounced PEV-UL) stands for “Permanent Early Voting List” which is an option which AZ voters have for receiving their ballot – they can get it in the mail which means they are “on the PEVL” or they have to go to the polls to vote.
Now that you’re armed with this new knowledge and feel a little more comfortable, please consider signing up for one or more of our wonderful events so that we can get our LD20 legislative candidates over the finish line and turn LD20 a pretty shade of purple.
Worried about our November elections?
We want a tsunami of voters to turn out for the November 3, 2020 election, right? We can do it! The Post Office and the Maricopa County Elections Dept are ready and able. How do we know? Because Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes says so!
As Maricopa County’s recorder, he improved an outdated electoral system ensuring voter access, safety, and security. He has made it his priority to bring a renewed energy, purpose, and vision to the office of County Recorder. There was a record-breaking turnout for the Primary elections in August. The election went very smoothly and the results were in early, thanks to the innovations implemented by Adrian Fontes. We expect the same for the General elections in November.
Join us for an enlightening discussion with County Recorder Fontes to answer our questions about what’s going on, and what we Arizonans can do to mobilize an army of voters making their voices heard and having their votes counted November 3rd. Adrian Fontes is the Recorder for Maricopa County, this discussion is for all of Arizona voters.
Please invite your friends, your groups, your clubs, your organizations to participate in this conversation. LD20 is a co-host for this event. Watch on Facebook Live or register for the Zoom Webinar.
Single-Shot, Postcards, and YouTube
What is a single-shot? What about postcards and YouTube? Back in the first half of 2019, the LD20 PCs voted to adopt a single-shot strategy so that we can improve our chances to get one Democrat in the legislature. Statistically speaking, if we have only one candidate for the House, all of the votes will go to our one candidate. What this means is that we need to educate our LD20 Democrat voters to essentially put their second house vote, “in their pocket” and not cast it. Our postcard program will explain the single-shot with very simple language and will be sent to all LD20 Democrats where we don’t have a phone number for them – that’s a lot of voters and a lot of postcards! See the Volunteer section if you can assist with postcards.
In addition to the postcard program, we will be airing a series of YouTube videos incorporating the same message and theme from the postcard as an additional way to send the message home. Sign-up for our YouTube channel at “Arizona LD20Democrats” as we promote more content. Share the message with your friends. We’ve got this LD20!
Check out our growing YOUTUBE CHANNEL