Pick a date and time for your action party. We suggest Saturday, Nov. 3, Sunday, Nov. 4, or the evening of Monday, Nov. 5. But any day the week before the election could work.
Think about where you’ll host: your house? A community center? The local park? A cafe? Try to choose a place accessible by public transit that doesn’t require a purchase to be there.
Make a list of 20 people you think might come to your event. Maybe that’s your existing activist group, or maybe it’s a combination of friends, family, coworkers, people from your house of worship, or a club. You name it!
We recommend inviting at least 20 people, because only some of those will say yes. And only some of those who commit might not make it. . If you want a bigger action party, invite more people!
Reach out to them personally and ask them to come! We recommend a phone call to invite them — then, a follow-up text if they don’t respond. . You can use this time to tell them why this election matters to you personally. In addition, create a Facebook event!
Make sure you get a hard “yes” from people if at all possible, and thank them for committing. to come. Remember: a “maybe” is almost always a “no”!
Before the event, register for our training webinar.
On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Planned Parenthood Votes will be running regular video trainings every two hours starting at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT on Saturday and Sunday. Plan to start your event before the training is scheduled to begin so that your guests all arrive beforehand.
Here is a sample agenda that you could use:
- 1:30 p.m.: Guests Arrive / Take Attendance
- 1:45 p.m.: Talk about your connection to Planned Parenthood organizations
- 2:00 p.m.: Join the Planned Parenthood Votes video training
- 2:30 p.m.: Start contacting voters
- 4 p.m.: Wrap up voter contact & Debrief
Have guests text "GOTV" to 22422 so we can track how many our action parties’ turnout.
Let attendees know they’ll receive texts from Planned Parenthood Votes, but can reply STOP at anytime if they don't want to be on the list.
Start with a 5-minute warm up or icebreaker. These are important, because they help people feel more connected to the group and start conversations. . That's what you want.
A few ideas:
Have everyone say why Planned Parenthood matters to them personally.
Ask each person to say who or what they're fighting for, or what brought them here today. You might be surprised at the variety and depth of people’s answers.
Make sure you have a computer set up so you can join the Planned Parenthood Votes training.
We’ll walk you through using the voter contact tool and answer any questions you might have!
If you miss the training when it runs live, you can also watch the recording here.
Ask if anyone has any remaining questions from the training.
You’re all ready to start contacting voters!
As a special thank you for tracking your conversations in MyRVP, Planned Parenthood Votes will send you some free “March.Vote.Win” swag (while supplies last)!
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