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Voting is contagious. Research shows that if you persuade one person to vote, they will likely influence at least one additional friend or family member to vote too. Voting is habit-forming. Casting a ballot for the first or second time can instill a lifelong voting habit.

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Focused Leadership In REAL MEN VOTE Planning

Things to Focus On

MAKE IT

Voter mobilization research shows that people are more likely to participate when contacted personally by someone they know. Voters respond best to other people, especially friends, neighbors, and community-based agencies that are familiar and trusted. Rather than focusing on impersonal handouts or mass emails, look for opportunities to initiate conversations about voting while delivering services, in meetings, on the phone, or at trainings and events.  Remind people of all ages about the sacrifices of ordinary people who are still living and of others who died in the fight for their right to vote. Remind people that veterans have, and active service members still protect their freedom and their rights moment to moment.  Real Men and Real Women Vote.

MAKE IT

Voters can let little things keep them from the polls. Not having basic information about the election— like when the polls are open, how to find your poll location if you’ve recently moved, or what kind of identification is necessary—can create participation barriers. Fortunately, nonprofits are well equipped to help voters get the information they need to vote with confidence.

RAISE THE

Voters respond to urgency. If the election seems important, people are more likely to turn out because they believe that their vote will make a difference to promote or protect an issue or community they care about. Use your mission and core issues to highlight what’s at stake.

Competition Counts. Competition drives turnout. Voters respond when they perceive that an election is competitive or high profile. You can encourage this by highlighting closely contested candidate races or ballot measures.

COMPETITION

Competition drives turnout. Voters respond when they perceive that an election is competitive or high profile. You can encourage this by highlighting closely contested candidate races or ballot measures.

TIMING IS

Voters can let little things keep them from the polls. Not having basic information about the election— like when the polls are open, how to find your poll location if you’ve recently moved, or what kind of identification is necessary—can create participation barriers. Fortunately, nonprofits are well equipped to help voters get the information they need to vote with confidence.

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People are more likely to vote if they visualize their plan to do so. Will they request a mail ballot or vote early in person? What time will they head to the polls on Election Day? Ask people to think specifically about when and how they plan to vote.

THE POWER OF

Negative messaging—like “If you don’t vote, don’t complain” can be counterproductive. Use positive messages that encourage people to vote by connecting the election back to your community’s future and your organization’s issues.

Focused Efforts

REAL MEN VOTE

Focused REAL MEN VOTE Efforts

In October 2019, 100 Black Men and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) selected 10 chapters to pilot a joint initiative to address:

  • Real Men Vote/Real Women Vote
  • 2020 Census: “Complete Count: Keeping it 100”
  • Economic Empowerment: Black is the New Green

BMOA Chapters

100 Black Men of Bay Area
100 Black Men of Charlotte
100 Black Men of Indianapolis
100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge
100 Black Metro St. Louis
100 Black Men of Prince George’s County
100 Black Men of San Antonio
100 Black Men of South Florida
100 Black Men of South Metro
100 Black Men of Chattanooga

NCBW Chapters

Oakland Bay Area
Queens City
Indianapolis
Baton Rouge
St. Louis
Prince George’s County
San Antonio
South Palm Beach
MECCA
Chattanooga

ADDITIONAL PARTNERS

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National Urban League
Let America Vote
Spread The Vote
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Voto Latino

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