“We only write to Democratic voters and, with very few exceptions, all our postcards name a specific Democratic candidate that we are writing to boost turnout for,” mentioned the group founder, who goes by the sobriquet Tony the Democrat. Within the final month or so, its volunteers despatched out greater than 2 million postcards, a complete Tony hopes will develop to five million by Nov. 3.
Enroll, write a follow postcard, get accepted, and the group will present you a listing of voters to put in writing. Tony mentioned the group has three messages that volunteers are requested to incorporate of their postcards and an array of extra writing factors from which to decide on.
One other voter-prompting group is the Environmental Voter Mission, whose objective is to nudge residents who’ve the atmosphere as a high public precedence to prove in large numbers — and never simply on this federal election however in native and state elections as effectively. One would possibly assume environmentalists would already be constant voters however, in line with founder and government director Nathaniel Stinnett, that’s incessantly not the case.
“In 12 states, we’ve identified 2 million environmentalists who are potential first-time voters,” Stinnett instructed me. Broadly talking, these voters usually tend to be younger, to be folks of shade, to earn lower than $50,000, and to be feminine. Which is sensible, when you think about that minority voters of extra modest means are sometimes those that bear the brunt of soiled air or water or reside close to polluting industries.
In contrast to Postcards to Voters, the Environmental Voter Mission isn’t advocating for specific candidates and even one celebration over the opposite. That mentioned, its goal states embrace at the very least eight that fall into the battleground class or have aggressive US Senate races. Additional, it’s a protected wager that voters who contemplate the atmosphere a high precedence received’t be turning out for Donald Trump, a person who has made it crystal clear he’ll do precisely nothing about local weather change — and who has gone determinedly about weakening our nationwide environmental legal guidelines.
The mission, which presently has greater than 5,000 volunteers nationwide, has already made greater than 2 million calls and despatched greater than 6 million texts this 12 months, most of them since August. To turn out to be a volunteer, enroll on its web site, after which you’ll endure a quick coaching session through Zoom. After which it’s off to the (electoral) races.
“We have at least one training session, followed by a phone bank or text bank, every day,” Stinnett mentioned.
Talking of the atmosphere, involved Massachusetts citizen Andrew Goldstein, taking his cue from colonial-era scribes, has written a well-documented pamphlet about Donald Trump’s environmental insurance policies. (Disclosure: I copy-edited the pamphlet for Andrew, who’s a good friend.) From coal to local weather change to toxins, Goldstein steps neatly by way of the dangers that Trump’s anti-environmental agenda presents to this nation and its future generations.
“My hope is that younger people will read it and send it to their friends and use the examples to talk to their parents and grandparents about the environmental need to defeat Donald Trump,” he mentioned. His pamphlet is offered to obtain from sixonesevenbooks.com for anybody who needs to learn and ahead it to family or acquaintances.
One other concept: Write letters to the editor. Give attention to swing-state newspapers and notably weeklies, which usually tend to run missives that aren’t essentially associated to issues that paper has coated.
“Writing letters to local papers forces me to take a deep dive into an issue and try to persuade rural Trump supporters with logical, fact-based arguments,” said one red-district letter writer. “I think it matters.”
Each effort at persuasion does, notably on this election.
Get entangled. You received’t remorse it.
Scot Lehigh is a Globe columnist. He could be reached at email@example.com. Comply with him on Twitter @GlobeScotLehigh.