from start to finish
In 2018, an estimated 117 million eligible voters didn’t vote in the midterms.
Some of the common reasons? They didn’t understand their state’s voting laws; they didn’t have a voter ID; they couldn’t afford to take time off work or pay for child care; they didn’t have transportation; their state has been gerrymandered, polling locations have closed or moved, they’ve been purged from the voting rolls, they think their vote doesn’t count.
Sometimes, the steps it takes to cast a ballot have become so convoluted and difficult that it’s easiest to just give up.
The Right to Vote
Lean Left believes that every eligible voter has a right to participate in our democracy as an informed voter with easy access to the ballot box.
In keeping with our mission to help elect Democrats and Progressives in other states, we partner with organizations that are putting power back into the hands of the people in our target states. How do these organizations do that?
Access to voter IDs
Logistical support (transportation, etc.)
Fighting laws that suppress voting rights
Advocating for policies that protect and expand voting rights
These organizations empower volunteers to do the hard work of empowering voters. As volunteers, we can table at voter registration events, make phone calls and write postcards to educate voters about the laws in their states, text potential volunteers to ask them to step up and take action, help people get voter IDs, and more. Plus, we can raise much-needed funds for organizations that do this hard work!
Most of this support in our target states can be done from right here in Vermont!
Check back here often to find actions that will help voters participate in our democracy.
Register Voters by Phone—Some of the most important, and fun, calls you’ll make this year!
RECLAIM OUR VOTE is contacting voters of color in Virginia and North Carolina, urging them to go out and participate in our Democracy. These citizens have been removed from voter rolls simply because they haven't voted recently, or through other techniques designed to suppress the vote of legitimate voters. We're asking them to re-register and, closer to the time of the elections, to get out and vote. North Carolina Special Elections (NC-03 and NC-09) are September 10 and the deadline to register to vote is August 16th, so these calls are particularly important now. Statewide Virginia elections are November 5. You can call either phonebank; after Sept 10 we will be going all out for Virginia.
“When you work with people who feel unseen, they are super excited to get a phone call. Talking with these voters is fun!” Andrea, Reclaim Our Vote.
Help Voters Participate in Our Democracy
Did you know there are more the 1 million unregistered voters in North Carolina? YOU CAN VOTE is registering, educating, and empowering NEW voters to become lifelong voters, engaged in their communities. Learn more about You Can Vote.
And keep an eye on this spot for a new Voter Empowerment Action through You Can Vote . . . Coming Soon!
Voter Registration in Maine
Looking for a few trailblazers who can travel to Maine on weekdays
Are you free on weekdays? Voter registration is happening at Maine “hot spots” — places where people go in the course of their everyday lives, like colleges, shopping malls, courthouses, libraries, etc. You can help identify the best hot spots in Southern Maine for registering a whole new group of voters. Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before. It’s easy! You will be trained using the methodology from a group called FieldTeam 6, the Gurus of voter registration.
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Questions? Send us a message, and we’ll get right back to you