How to run a Voter Registration Drive
Important Dates for the 2013 Special Election:
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 – Registration deadline for the Special Primary Election
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – Special Primary Election Day
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 – Registration deadline for the Special Election
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – Special Election Day
Before Your Registration Drive
- Find a Location. The best place to hold a voter registration drive is at a highly trafficked area in your community or at previously planned events, with the permission of the event organizers.
- Advertise the Event. Email, call, Facebook, and Tweet to promote the drive. Make sure to do reminder calls the day before and post your drive on www.massdems.org/voterreg.
- Materials you will need:
- Registration Forms. Call your town hall and find out if they have voter registration forms. If your town hall does not have at least 50 forms, you can print them off at <www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2012-Voter-reg-mail-in.pdf> or call our office at 617-939-0800 to schedule a time to pick up a stack of forms.
- A sample completed registration form
- Small folding table (if necessary)
- Clipboards, Pens, Poster Boards. Materials to fill out the forms and signs to advertise the event.
- Secure Envelope/Folder. Keep all filled out forms in one safe and secure location!
Day of Registration Drive
Get to the location early to greet volunteers that are arriving and make sure all volunteers know the correct way to fill out the form. Engage with all passers by and make sure they are currently registered to their most recent address!
After the Registration Drive
- After the registration drive, de-brief with the volunteers about how the day went. Visit www.massdems.org/voterreg to share your results!
- Make copies of all the completed registration forms so you have back up and mail the forms to the Massachusetts Democratic Party at 77 Summer Street 10th Floor Boston, MA 02110 or enter forms into VoteBuilder.
- Smile, be friendly and engaging.
- Don’t give people an “out,” – don’t give them the option to say no
- You get turned down a lot during voter registration drives – be ready for this!
- Be sensitive to the needs of different registrants – different language forms are available
- Don’t give away forms without getting them back and look over the form before the person walks away to make sure they have correctly filled it out
- Accept ANY form – even for R’s or U’s
Enter your Voter Registration Drive here!