Ask yourself what do I do best? because that’s how DPBC needs your help. If that’s not enough, consider these ideas:

Participate as a Citizen

  • Write Resolutions that could become planks to the next State Party platform.
  • Call your Senator or Representative about issues of concern to influence their vote. U.S. Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121. NM Legislature (during session only) 505-983-4300.
  • Write a letter to the editor. The editorial page is the second most widely read section of the paper.
  • Call a radio show. These phone calls reach thousands or millions of people.
  • Share with your neighbors the alternatives to corporate news sources that convey more of the facts and are not slanted to the right. KABQ 1350AM, Progress Now NM, MSNBC TV, Thinkprogress.org, Joe Monaha’s NM blog, Truthout.org, Pod Save America, Alternet.org.
  • Drive others and car pool to Precinct meetings.
  • Spread the Democratic Platform at http://www.dpnm-sparc.org/nm-platform.html.

Increase Voter Registration

  • Help with voter registration. The training and certification takes about an hour.
  • Find out who may want to vote by absentee ballot or may need help getting to the polls. Provide transportation.
  • Visit local high schools and register voters.
  • Canvass or call the homes with no registered voters, to find folks who need to register. This builds relationships and provides a valued service.
  • Monitor county registration rolls to ensure that registered voters appear on the rolls. Follow up with the county clerk if they do not.

Canvass and Organize Your Precinct and Ward

  • Be a canvasser. Start with door-to-door voter registration as Canvassing 101 training.
  • Be a block captain and keep in touch with the neighbors on your street. Help your Precinct’s Democrats find other volunteers, kindred souls, and update the voter database (Votebuilder.com).
  • Research locations to hold Precinct or Ward meetings, such as libraries or community centers.
  • Organize Precinct events: BBQs, pot lucks, house parties or picnics, or service projects. These bring people together to talk about common values, network, and engage infrequent voters.
  • Set up and manage a Ward web site, Facebook page, or Twitter or Instagram account.
  • Set up contact lists for the precinct team, including phone numbers, addresses, and emails\.
  • Offer yard signs or bumper stickers when canvassing.
  • Plan a Precinct meeting agenda. Develop discussion topics for Precinct meetings. Follow-up to notify people of Precinct meetings and events.
  • Build the Precinct plan with goals and monthly benchmarks.
  • Write and publish the Precinct meeting minutes. Keep a Precinct journal to share with others.
  • Be a Trainer for other canvassers. Use the Votebuilder MiniVAN smart phone app and do data entry after canvasses.
  • Locate irregular voters. Work to convince them to vote in the upcoming election. Offer absentee or early voting.
  • Find women and young potential voters, anyone who might vote in low percentages but overwhelmingly vote for Democrats when they do vote.
  • Start a fundraiser for your Precinct, the county Democratic Party, or Democratic candidates. Recruit local business to donate items to raffle at fundraisers.

 

Prepare for the Next Election

  • Get trained as a poll watcher, poll worker, or Precinct Election judge.
  • Brainstorm and plan Precinct social events: BBQ, pot luck, movie night, picnic, service projects. These will help bring people together, talk about common values, network, and help engage infrequent voters.
  • Write and publish the precinct meeting minutes. Keep a Precinct Journal.
  • Set up contact lists for the precinct team (phone numbers, addresses, emails).
  • Offer to drive others/car pool to precinct meetings.
  • Help with outreach to local representatives. Arrange a town hall meeting to meet and question your State Legislative Representative or Senator, City Councilor or County Commissioner.

Campaign

  • Get further training as a Democratic activist by attending the on-line teleconference training available at www.DemocracyforAmerica.com.
  • Run for office! If not to be your Precinct or Ward Chair, consider City Council, State Representative, School Board, etc.