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Nominate New VCET Board Members Next Week
On Thursday, September 14th from noon until 4 p.m. we'll have our next quarterly meeting. It's the meeting each year where we nominate people to serve on the VCET Board. There are three seats that will be filled in the elections in December. Anyone running must be able to commit the resources of the organization they lead. If you'd like more information, contact our Executive Director, Julie Emery at Julie@engageva.org.
We Need an Organizing Director in Newport News
We are ready to launching our VCET Fellows Program in Hampton Roads. We'll be training a more diverse group of organizers and subsidizing their salary as they work in our partner organizations through the end of 2017. We're looking for an amazing individual to be the Organizing Director for the program. The job description is attached here. Please share it widely!
Urgent Action Needed to Protect Census Funding!
Even though the Census won't be conducted until 2020, Congress is already working on getting enough funding for the program. Barbara Comstock has an amendment bill (HR3354) that would take away funding from the census. Since many state programs receive funding based on the census count, it's extremely important that the census is properly funded. It is important that we make calls to Comstock's office to urge her to stop this bill and keep funding in for the census. If you are able to call, please reach out to Elena at email@example.com for talking points.
Help us at the Polls in November!
Last year, hundreds of volunteers monitored polling locations across the state. They spent the day answering questions, reporting problems and being a friendly face while people waited in line. We are planning to have nonpartisan volunteers at the polls again this year but we need your help! Click here to learn more about the value of nonpartisan poll monitors during elections. Please share the attached flyer and Facebook Event with people who you believe would be interested in being a poll monitor. Reach out to Elena at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or ideas to share.
Young Virginia Votes Centers Need Your Help
Rock the Vote wants to help us engage more young people. To do this they're going to send out an email to their 10,000+ list here in Virginia. They want to highlight the opportunities to get involved and they're going to do that through sending them to the UpRise platform. We want to make sure that any events your holding where you want volunteers will be seen by these young people. To make sure your events are included, please reach out to Antonia Scatton at Antonia@uprise.org.
Digital Security Webinar & Cohort
The social justice group RoadMap is hosting a Introduction to Digital Security webinar on incidents of surveillance, break ins, video stings and more. It will start at 2 PM on Friday, Sept. 22nd. You can register for the webinar here. The group will also kick off their Digital Security Technical Assistance Cohort for Social Justice Organizations on Friday, October 6th. This program will teach participants best digital security practices. Click here for more information and to apply.
Data Tip of the Week
Properly addressed mail was more effective than intentionally misaddressed mail. In this 2016 General election test with Civic Innovation USA of two-person households, CIUSA varied whom a voter report card was addressed to. In half of treatment households, the report card was sent to the correct person; in the other half, the report card was intentionally misaddressed to the “householder”. In both conditions, turnout increased among the subjects of the report card (no matter whom the report card was addressed to!). But there was no evidence of high-propensity voters (voters we expect to turn out based on their history of voting) turning out lower-propensity (voters with a lower expected likelihood of voting) housemates (ie, “deliberate spillover”), even when a high-propensity voter was sent their housemate’s “failing” voter card.
Mail sent to organization members did not increase turnout among members of their households. In this test, NARAL members were randomly assigned to receive a phone call, piece of mail, or both asking them to get others in their household to vote. The mail program increased turnout among NARAL members, but the effects did not spill over to other members of the household.
Upcoming VAN Training Webinars
Data and Tools Compliance
Wed, Sept 27th 1:00 PM ET (hosted by Amy Harper-Smith)
Sign up here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5968184679706351620
Recorded Quiz for Compliance: https://goo.gl/forms/tuLi317mh0r5yszN2
VAN 101: Introduction to My Voters
Tues, Sept 19th 1:00 PM ET (hosted by Amy Harper-Smith)
Sign up here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3324826789381542147
Recorded Quiz for VAN 101: https://goo.gl/forms/dS6Dd3m5SmQxJlBx2
VAN 102: Creating Lists in VAN
Thur, Sept 14th 1:00 PM ET (hosted by Amy Harper-Smith)
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VAN 103: Using VAN to Plan Program
Thur, Sept 21st 1:00 PM ET (hosted by Amy Harper-Smith)
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Introduction to My Campaign
Wed, Sept 20th 4:00 PM ET
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VAN Reporting Tools in VAN
Thur, Sept 14th 3:00 PM ET (hosted by Amy Harper-Smith)
Tues, Sept 19th 3:00 PM ET (hosted by Amy Harper-Smith)
Sign up here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6882956368027569923
Recorded Quiz for Reporting Tools: https://goo.gl/forms/i57i2do5A409Unff2
VAN Data Entry
Wed, Sept 20th 4:00 PM ET
Sign up here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7072307663184317442
Recorded Quiz for Data Entry: https://goo.gl/forms/rPKVkNjPzugViZgm2
Virtual Phone Banks
Wed, Sept 27th 4:00 PM ET
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Predictive Dialer, Robo Calls, Robo Survey in VAN
Tues, Sept 26th 1:00 PM ET
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Tues, Sept 12th 3:00 PM ET
Thur, Sept 28th 1:00 PM ET
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