The Madison County Democratic Women have been so encouraged by the level of political interest and activity in our area. Our membership has quintupled over the past year and we know that other Democratic and progressive organizations around the state are seeing similar gains. Alabamians are motivated. All of this boils down to one thing: We have a real chance to elect Doug Jones as our next Senator on December 12th!
With so many new followers, we’d like to take a moment to share some important information. Whether you’ve been politically involved for a long time or you’re new to the conversation, it’s our hope that this post can serve as a resource for those interested in being more active.
Electing Doug Jones
- Learn about Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee for Senate, and tell your friends about him.
- Talk about Doug Jones and election day (December 12th).
- Donate to the Doug Jones for Senate campaign. Every little bit counts.
- Sign up to volunteer for the Doug Jones campaign.
- Follow Doug Jones for Senate on social media. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
- Change your profile picture or use this Doug for Senate Twibbon to show your support.
- Put a Doug Jones for Senate sign in your front yard. You can sign up to receive a sign here.
- When opportunities arise to volunteer for the campaign in the coming weeks and months, volunteer! Canvas, phone bank, register voters – it’s going to take a collective effort to get Doug elected. Here’s a calendar of events for Madison County.
- Identify your polling location.
- Verify your registration status. If necessary, update your registration.
- If you will not be able to vote on December 12th, make arrangements to receive an absentee ballot several weeks ahead of election day.
- Talk to your friends and have them confirm their polling locations and registration statuses. Encourage them to vote absentee if they aren’t able to vote on December 12th. Share information with them and encourage them to commit to vote for Doug Jones.
- Make a plan and vote for Doug Jones on December 12th!
- Stay involved by following our suggestions below. This Special Election is just the first of many upcoming races where we have the opportunity to elect Democrats in Alabama.
Getting Involved Politically
- Identify your local Democratic County Chair and reach out.
- Identify local Democratic and progressive organizations. If you live near a large city, you will likely have many to explore. If you live in a remote area with fewer groups, broaden your search to neighboring counties and municipalities. Once you identify groups you’re interested in, find the answers to the following questions:
- Do they have a website? If so, check it out.
- Do they have a social media presence? If so, Like, Follow, Share, and Retweet them. You can join the MCDW on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Do they have an email list or a newsletter? If so, sign up to receive notifications from them. The MCDW newsletter is packed with information, upcoming events, and updates.
- Do they have a volunteer sign-up form? If so, fill it out. Join the Madison County Democratic Women’s Get Out the Vote effort here.
- Do they have a way to donate? If so (and you’re able to), contribute.
- Attend events that are promoted and/or hosted by your local Democratic and progressive organizations. Introduce yourself to other attendees and get to meet your like-minded neighbors.
- Join NextDoor, if you aren’t already a member, and create a Democratic or progressive sub-group within your neighborhood. Your like-minded neighbors can join the sub-group and you can target updates towards the people eager to receive political information.
- Keep in mind that organizations are run by volunteers. If there’s something about the organization that you’d like to see changed or improved upon, get involved. If you identify a gap in service, offer to fill it. If you’re an event planner, let folks know that you can help them plan events. If you do fundraising, let folks know that you can help raise money. If you have a talent for web design, offer to help revamp a website. If you have a great idea, let people know and be willing to spearhead the effort. Your talents are needed and appreciated so let’s get to work!