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Become a GOTV Volunteer

This year, our goal is to reach 10,000 people who wouldn’t otherwise vote and ask them to cast their ballots on November 6 to protect access to reproductive rights and health care. We absolutely can’t reach those 10,000 voters without your help. Are you ready to win? 

How can I help us win at the polls?

Becoming a Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Volunteer is fun and easy. Just take these five steps:

  1. Join an upcoming GOTV Volunteer training or watch the training recording.

  2. Brainstorm a list of 15-20 people whom you can get out to vote this election.

  3. Add your list of contacts to the MyRVP tool (see below).

  4. Talk with each person at least three times between now and November 6 to be sure they vote.

  5. Track your conversations in the MyRVP tool and help us WIN!

Step 1:

Join an upcoming training or watch the training recording.

Already received the training?

  • Set up your Get Out the Vote Volunteer Account.

Step 2:

Write down a list of 15-20 people whom you can get out to vote this election.

Brainstorm a list of people you know who you think are likely support the candidates that share our values, but don’t always vote.

You’ll want to make sure you have some of their basic contact information (their home address and phone number or email address). We’ll keep this information confidential, but knowing as much as we can makes it easier for Planned Parenthood Votes to find out whether they’re a regular voter and what messages might help you motivate them to vote.

Here are some questions to ask while building your list:

  • Who is in your cell phone contacts?

  • Who shows up most in your Facebook newsfeed? Who do you follow on Twitter and Instagram?

  • What family members might forget to vote?

  • Who do you like to run into at your community group, religious institution, or the grocery store?

You can enter people directly into the MyRVPlist.com tool, or you can use a pen and paper or computer to brainstorm and then enter their information into the system later. Either way, it is important that you track your conversations in the MyRVP tool to help us make sure the program is as effective as possible.

Step 3:

Add your list of contacts to the MyRVP tool.

You can log in to the MyRVP tool here: http://myrvplist.com. If you don’t have an account, you can email [email protected] to get one.

To add your list of contacts:

  • Click on the “Edit MyRVPList” button.

  • Click on the “Add More Lines” button at the bottom to get 20 rows.

  • Add in at least the First Name, Last Name, State, and City of your list of 15-20 people you'll talk to about getting out to vote  and click “Save & Step 2.”

  • Under the “Potential Matches” section, see if the information provided by the system matches your person. If it does, select the match radio button; otherwise, click the radio button next to “None of these match.” Then press “Save & Next” until you are finished reviewing all 15-20 contacts.

  • Print out the Call to Action guide with your prioritized list of contacts to start reaching out to!

Step 4:

Talk with your contacts at least three times between now and November 6 to be sure they vote.

You know your people best, and you should talk to them how you normally do...that’s what makes this kind of organizing so effective. If you usually call them, give them a call. If they don’t answer phone calls and love to text, send them a text. If you normally Snapchat them or DM them, go for it! The key is to be sure this is just a normal part of your relationship with your people; it doesn’t have to be something formal or special. Just be you and be real. You can share that you’re volunteering with Planned Parenthood Votes on our relational organizing project, or not. It’s up to you.

What IS important is that you make sure your friends and family have important information that they need in order to vote like polling locations and times, and that they understand what is at stake in this election and why you care so deeply.

We’ll give you lots of prompts so you know what to say in your conversations, but say it in your own words. Again, you know your people best! Here’s a general outline of how the convos might go:

  • 1st Conversation: Have an initial conversation about the upcoming election. You can share with them that you are volunteering and explain why voting this year is so important to you. Ask them what issues matter most to them. Find out how they are feeling and if and how they will vote this year. If they need any information about the issues, races, or candidates, you can share information about the candidates that Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations support here.

  • 2nd Conversation: Have a follow-up conversation to answer any questions they might have about what it takes to vote this year, and help them make a plan to vote at least one week before Election Day.

  • 3rd Conversation: Remind them to vote the day before or the day of the election!

It may feel like a lot, but all these conversations and reminders are how we’re going to bring more people to the polls and WIN.

Step 5:

Track your conversations in the MyRVP tool!

Just like when we make regular get-out-the-vote calls and door knocks, we use data to ensure we are doing smart and strategic work.

Every time you have a conversation, make sure you record it in MyRVP. To track conversations in MyRVP:

  • Click on the “Track Conversations” link at the top.

  • Fill in the information for each person, and then press “Save!”

  • Repeat two more times with the new asks that we send you.

It’s important to track your conversations and their outcomes so we can measure the combined impact we have on voter turnout and make future campaigns more effective.  As a special thank you for tracking your conversations in MyRVP, Planned Parenthood Votes will send you some free swag (while supplies last)!

Questions?

Our team will be with you every step of the way. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected].

Got more questions? Check out our FAQs.

Want to be a Team Leader? Click here for additional information.

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