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GOTV: How to Win an Election by using The Power of Five
The Concord Project is a tool for activists to use to help teach fellow every-day Americans how organize to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) for November 2nd, as well as a place for individuals, activists and groups to coordinate their GOTV efforts.
The Power of Five: For Beginners
One of the best (and simplest) ways “tools” an activist can use to GOTV is The Power of Five. Here’s how it works:
If you’re the organizer/activist and want to build a voting bloc, start with five friends or family members who feel as you do and will help you with GOTV.
Ask each of your five friends/family members to recruit five of their friends or family members. If your five ‘recruits’ can recruit five of their friends or family members, then you have a voting bloc of 31 potential voters, including yourself.
Some important points:
- Make sure that your five ‘recruiters’ maintain contact information of their five contacts (i.e., names, e-mail addresses, and cell numbers).
- Ask your ‘recruiters’ to give you a list of their recruits, as well as keep a copy for themselves, for use only in case there is a need to contact if your ‘recruit’ cannot make contact in the last few days before the election, as well as on Election Day.
- Determine whether or not rides will be needed for any of the people identified in your voting bloc—especially closer to Election Day.
The Power of Five: Taking it to the next level
Let’s say you’re pretty successful at building one voting bloc using the Power of Five, or you’ve got a lot more than five friends and family. Try doubling it.
Try asking ten friends or family members to recruit five of their friends or family members to Get Out the Vote. Using the same steps as above, you can now build a voting bloc of 61 (including yourself).
The Power of Five: For Groups Leaders
If you’re a leader of a tea party, a motorcycle, garden, gun, sports, or any other type of club, you have a natural audience for using the Power of Five with larger groups.
If, for example, there are 20 members of your club, by using the Power of Five successfully, you can build a voting bloc of 121 voters.
Organizing a GOTV takes some work, however, it is not hard if you use the Power of Five model.
You can download the Power of Five [in PDF] here.
Coordinate your GOTV.
If you are an activist, or individuals in the voting bloc you’ve built using the Power of Five are activists, you can coordinate GOTV events with other activists or groups by using the Concord Project’s wiki-forum.
The open wiki platform is like having a bulletin board at your town hall. You can post GOTV events (like walking precincts, phone banking, or hanging yard signs for particular candidates or issues).
To use the wiki board, you can either sign in directly, or use Facebook and post a thread.
Go to the Concord Project, sign in and get involved.
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