Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Inwood: Call to boost turnout in swing states

We're throwing Voters Rising call parties on Sept. 15 and 16 to recruit members in swing states to get them talking to voters next week. There's a Voters Rising party in Jamaica on Saturday at 4:30 PM. Can you come?


Dear MoveOn member,

The numbers are still coming in, but it looks like President Obama got a significant bounce in the polls following the Democratic Convention.1 But bounces don't always stick.

The question is, how can we turn the convention bounce into an insurmountable lead and a second term for President Obama? The answer: Voter turnout. 

We teamed up with AFL-CIO affiliate Workers' Voice for the largest independent get-out-the-vote program in the country. Now, we need to get MoveOn members in swing states talking to voters who might otherwise skip the election. So in states where the race for the White House isn't as close, we're organizing election call parties to call fellow MoveOn members in swing states and ask them to volunteer.

Like in 2008, MoveOn members from coast-to-coast will help tip the balance in swing states with election call parties. The gatherings are a fun time with good people, and they're effective too: an ask from one member to another is one of the best ways to sign up volunteers.

That's why we're throwing Voters Rising call parties this weekend, September 15 and 16, to mobilize the grassroots for action quickly. If we do this from now through Election Day, we can help President Obama pull ahead for good.

There's a Voters Rising call party in Jamaica on Saturday at 4:30 PM. Can you make it?

Yes, I'll be there!

No, but I can make a few calls.

According to Nate Silver of The New York Times, if every registered voter casts a ballot on Election Day, there's a 91% chance that President Obama wins—91%!2

There's no better use of your time this election than helping get every swing state voter to the polls for President Obama, and it's critical to our future.

Call parties are a fun way to take action, and with nearly 500 parties across the country, these gatherings will pack a big electoral punch. There's a party at 4:30 PM in Jamaica, and we need members like you to make it a powerful party. Can you make it?

Yes, I'll be there!

No, but I can make a few calls.

Thanks for all you do.

–Amy, Mariana, Tate, Stefanie, and the rest of the team

P.S. MoveOn members have fought hard against Citizens United and to keep unlimited corporate out of politics. Ironically, the Workers' Voice program of the AFL-CIO takes advantage of one of the only positive aspects of Citizens United—by forming a Super PAC, union members are now able to talk to non-union members about the importance of voting (legally unions weren't able to do this before). So by partnering with the Workers' Voice Super PAC, we can mobilize hundreds of thousands of volunteers to reach out to millions of voters at a scale that was previously impossible. The Workers' Voice Super PAC is funded by small dollar contributions from millions of union members.


1. "Sept. 8: Conventions May Put Obama in Front-Runner's Position," The New York Times, September 8, 2012

2. "Obama Would Be Big Favorite With 'Fired Up' Base," The New York Times, Sept. 6, 2012

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