Voter Outreach Materials – Text Script

Overview

Studies show that people are significantly more likely to vote if they make a plan for how they’re going to cast their ballot ahead of time. Vote Early Day is the perfect opportunity to reach out to voters directly and help them make this plan! When you talk with voters, try to get them to verbally talk through where, when, and how they are going to cast their ballot. This conversation can make all the difference in helping them make their voice heard in this election. You can also direct them to the Vote Early Day online voter tool (coming soon), which makes it easy to find out where to vote early in person, drop off a ballot, get mailed a ballot, and much more.

To get contact information for people in your community, we recommend you reach out to your local election office and ask for a list of registered voters. As you get closer to the election, you should also be able to get a list of people who haven’t voted yet, so you can target your outreach!

There are two scripts in this guide: one for encouraging people to cast their ballot on Vote Early Day and one for making a plan to vote more generally. If you live in an area that doesn’t have options for voting early, we recommend you use the second script. Double check your state’s options for voting early here. If you’re looking for other ways to reach out to voters, check out our phone and door knocking scripts as well. 

Make sure to keep track of the number of voters you speak with and help make their plans to vote so you can report your success back to us after Vote Early Day. 

Script 1: For encouraging people to vote on Vote Early Day

Use this script to urge voters to cast their ballot on Vote Early Day! Send them the link to the Vote Early Day voter tool so they can make their plan to vote early. 

Hi [their name], this is [your name] with [Organization]! Today is Vote Early Day, so I just wanted to urge you to cast your ballot today and make sure your voice is heard! Can I count on you to vote early today, either in person or by mail? 🗳🗳🗳

[If yes] Awesome! 🥳 Studies show that people are much more likely to vote if they make a plan to cast their ballot. Find the specific location where YOU can vote early today in [your community] by visiting voteearlyday.org! Thanks so much for voting and making your voice heard in this election 🗳

[If no/unsure] I understand. I personally am voting in this election because [your personal reason], and I hope that you’ll join me! You can find where, when, and how to cast your ballot at voteearlyday.org 🗳

Example reasons for voting early:

If you wait until the last day to vote, issues could come up that could prevent you from casting your ballot. 

When you vote early, you give yourself the time to plan for any last-minute problems that might come your way.

Voting early helps ensure that long lines at the polls, voter disinformation, and confusing election laws cannot get in the way of you making your voice heard. 

Script 2: For helping people make a plan to vote

Use this script to help people make a plan to cast their ballot! This script is a good option for people who live in areas without options to vote ahead of Election Day (you can check your state’s options here)

Hi [their name], this is [your name] with [Organization]! Today is Vote Early Day, so I just wanted to reach out and remind you to make a plan to vote in this election 🗳 Can I count on you to vote this fall? 

[If yes] Awesome! 🥳 Studies show that people are much more likely to vote if they make a plan to cast their ballot. Find the specific location where YOU can vote in your community by visiting voteearlyday.org today! Thanks so much for voting and making your voice heard in this election 🗳

[If no/unsure] I understand. I personally am voting in this election because [your personal reason], and I hope that you’ll join me! You can find where, when, and how to cast your ballot at voteearlyday.org 🗳

If you have encountered a problem with voting, please call this national nonpartisan hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE.