Never underestimate the influence that you can have on your personal network! Studies show that a person is much more likely to vote if they get asked directly by someone they trust. On Vote Early Day, reach out to a handful of friends and family and make sure they have the tools they need to vote early. If possible, try to get them to vote on Vote Early Day (October 28) while there’s momentum!
To multiply your impact, ask each person you contact if they can also reach out to three of their own friends and family members with the same message. This way, if you reach out to 10 friends, you can help up to 30 people cast their ballot and make their voices heard!
We’ve provided a sample phone script as a starting point for when you reach out to your personal network (check out our text and email scripts too!). Please feel free to adapt these to match your voice and personality. This action will have a huge impact on getting your friends’ and family’s voices heard, so thank you for taking the time to help them vote early!
Hey [their name]! It’s Vote Early Day, so I just wanted to check in and make sure you’re set to vote early in this fall’s midterm election. Can I count on you to cast your ballot today?
[If yes] Awesome! Do you plan on voting early in person or by mail?
- [In person] That’s great! The closest location to vote early is [location] and the hours are [hours]. Do you have a plan for how you’re going to get there? Have you decided what time you’re going to go?
- [By mail] That’s great! If you haven’t requested your ballot yet, you should stop by your election office as soon as possible to pick one up. If you already have your ballot, will you fill it out and send it back today?
- Your local election office is [location], and nearby ballot dropboxes are at [locations].
[If no/unsure] I understand. I personally like voting early because [your personal reason]. In [your community], you can vote early in person at [polling place location] from [opening to closing time] or by dropping off your mail ballot at [nearby ballot dropbox locations].
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.
[To conclude] Thanks so much for voting! Can you continue the Vote Early Day celebration by giving three more friends a call and reminding them to vote early?
Hey [their name]! Today is Vote Early Day, so I just wanted to give you a quick call and remind you to vote early. You can vote early in person at [polling place location] from [opening to closing time] or by dropping off your mail ballot at [ballot dropbox locations]. You can find more information about voting early at voteearlyday.org. If you have any questions, give me a call and I’d be happy to help walk you through the process. Thanks so much for voting. I’ll talk to you soon!