Get Out the Vote!

Help get out the Vote!

The upcoming November 3rd General Election is one of the most important elections of our lives. WeROC is joining with other organizations to make sure we do the large-scale and serious people-to-people outreach to voters, especially less-regular voters and those in communities of color — and end up with historic numbers of committed, smart voters this year. We will be partnering with MOSES of Detroit to utilize two applications to accomplish our goals. We need your help to make this possible.

Phone Banking

We will be using the ThruTalk application to make phone calls.  The calls can be made through your computer and the scripting will be provided in the application. The application will also automatically connect only to people who pick up the phonemthereby using your time most effeciently. We are looking for 2 hours per week (or more if you wish) from callers, which can be scheduled at your convenience.

Texting Thousands of People Easily

We will also be using the OutVote application for texting voting information and encouragement to vote. One texting party was able to contact 39,000 people in an hour!

Let’s GET OUT THE VOTE.  

Training will be provided. If you would like to participate in either or both outreach campaign, please contact Cindy Bodewes at cbodewes@umich.edu or 734-358-6994.

Vote and encourage others to vote!

Please share this information widely in your own networks, family and friends.  Studies show that the most effective way to impact voting and social change is relational organizing, i.e., communicating with those we know and/or we are related to.  Let’s make this election season one that supports deep social change by electing officials who support our mission.  We want WeROC and our MOSES partners to be a meaningful part of building the kinds of smart, powerful, and durable cross-racial coalitions — locally, regionally, and statewide — that can win fundamental change and build that Beloved Community.

Let’s vote and encourage others to vote! Let’s elect those who govern by the values we hold dear. Let’s make sure our voice is not ignored!

  • See this video for voting options and deadlines in Michigan.
  • You can register to vote online until October 19. Register to vote.
  • You can sign up online to vote from home (absentee voting) until October 19. Sign up here.
  • If you are not registered to vote, you can register, ask for an absentee ballot, fill it out and hand it to your clerk – all on the day of the election on Tuesday, November 3rd.
  • If you are already registered to vote at your current address, the deadline to vote at the clerk’s office is the day before Election Day at 4 pm.
  • Find Your Clerk here.
  • Ballot drop boxes 
  • Michigan residents confined in jail or prison who are awaiting arraignment or trial are eligible to vote. When residents are released from jail or prison after serving a sentence, they are free to participate in elections without restriction.
  • TurboVote.org will also help you check, register online, and then send automatic reminders about when/where to vote. This site is both English and Spanish.
  • Any questions? Visit mi.gov/vote or Vote411.org, or call the Voting Helpline at 855-VOTE311 (855-868-3311), or email VotingHelpline@gmail.com.
  • You can preview your local ballot and view local candidates in Q&A forums online via League of Women Voters: Vote411.org.

School Board Candidate Forums

The Student Advocacy Center and the Michigan Education Justice Coalition are hosting school board candidate forums on Facebook Live in five school districts, including Ann Arbor on Tuesday, October 13 and Ypsilanti on Saturday, October 17. They’ll also answer questions about absentee and in person voting for the November 3rd election. For more information and to RSVP: https://mailchi.mp/9080a79ed127/ruth-is-turning-4702814.

Don’t forget to be counted in the Census!

Ten simple questions, three minutes tops. Be counted!

Counting each Michigander in the US 2020 Census ensures that Michigan gets its proper representation in Congress and all sorts of other public funding for education, roads, etc. If we lose a representative because of an under-count, Michigan will have a smaller voice in national decisions.  That means your vote for representatives is less powerful nationally than it should be!  Participate online at my2020census.gov, or by phone at (844) 330-2020. The deadline has now been changed to Thursday, October 15.