Doing Our Part

Many of us wish that we could do more right now. But we can’t all be out on the front lines- we lack the training, or our situation prevents it. However, direct services aren’t the only work that needs to be done. And being a part of a team, working together to ensure our vote counts, is a great antidote to the feeling of helplessness many are experiencing.

The Washtenaw Dems Organizing Committee has its own expertise that we can put to use, and you can be a part of it, even from home. Our first task is to make sure that more people can vote safely at home, by signing them up to be a Michigan Permanent Absent Voter.

Is Your Part with Us?

Every day we hear of more attempts to undermine our democracy and the right for everyone to vote. But you can help strengthen democracy and ensure a fair 2020 election, by helping others sign up as  Permanent Absent Voters too.

We’re recruiting! To ensure that everyone is able to vote, we’ve put together a team of Area Captains, who will train you, and support and coordinate your efforts in your own neighborhood or area. We’re looking for both neighborhood Organizers, who will reach out to possible Democratic voters through a number of great tools we have available, and for Precinct Delegates, who will do the same, but who differ from regular canvassers, texters, and door knockers because they are elected during the August primary and serve a two-year term. This year, Washtenaw County has more than 500 Precinct Delegate positions available, more than ever before, and we need committed workers.

While it looks like there may be little door knocking for the foreseeable future, this summer, there will be a lot of organizing and reaching out to our neighbors and communities through phone calls, texts, emails, and social media, among other things. We hope you’ll join us.

Is Your Part with Us?

We hope you will personally sign up for Permanent AV status, but we also hope you’ll help us get other Democratic voters to do the same, deepening our democracy while protecting the immediate health of our communities.

Currently, the WCDP is recruiting organizers for our 2020 voter mobilization effort. These organizers include Area Captains who coordinate community based teams who, in turn, coordinate small, local teams in specific neighborhoods. The spine of this robust body of organizers are the foot soldiers of the Democratic Party known as Precinct Delegates. These organizers differ from regular canvassers, texters, and door knockers because they are elected during the August primary and serve a two-year term. This year, Washtenaw County has more than 500 Precinct Delegate positions available, more than ever before, and we need committed workers.

While it looks like there may be little door knocking for the foreseeable future, this summer, there will be a lot of organizing and reaching out to our neighbors and communities through phone calls, texts, emails, and social media, among other things. We hope you’ll join us.

Here is what the WCDP would like to see from those of us who are elected to the office of Precinct Delegate:

  • Donating an average of at least 10 hours a month to canvassing, calling, or other voter mobilization in your community.
  • Reading and responding to emails from WCDP organizers and having a willingness to engage with other organizing technologies. (Yes, there is training.)
  • Continuing some level of voter engagement throughout your 2-year term, working to turn Democratic non-voters into voters, occasional voters into regular voters, and top of the ticket voters into whole ballot voters.
Ten hours!?

Don’t worry. We’re all volunteers, too, and we understand that sometimes you have more or less to give, but we do need consistency and follow through. There is a lot of flexibility in how those hours can be used. This list is some of what we can help you accomplish in your own neighborhood:

  • Knock on doors when and where it’s safe to do so
  • Make phone calls to Democratic voters in your neighborhood encouraging them to become absentee voters and to vote the whole ballot, in every election
  • Recruit, organize, train, and support fellow canvassers and callers
  • Use your existing email, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook friends, groups, and communities to encourage other Democratic voters to vote the whole ballot, every time

What kinds of things can one person do in an hour?

  • Knock on roughly 12 doors
  • Make about 30 phone calls
  • Send 20 emails
  • Learn the basics of a new organizing or communication technology like Slack, Zoom, or VAN

What support can the WCDP give you?

  • Training and support from our County Leads Team
  • Direct support from your local Area Captain, who is a seasoned organizer
  • Contact with other organizers and delegates in your area
  • Lists of Democratic voters to contact
To be on the ballot:
You sign an Affidavit of Identity in front of a notary and mail it ASAP so that the County Clerk’s office receives it before 4 p.m. on May 5.

  1. Here is the Affidavit of Identity
  2. Here is the database where you find a notary
  3. Here is where you send your signed document:

Washtenaw County Clerk
200 North Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

To get your form notarized: Do NOT sign until you are in the presence or a notary.

You can arrange your notary service privately, using the above database. In addition, some WCDP volunteers are generously donating notary services to Washtenaw County’s Democratic candidates for Precinct Delegate.

For free remote/online notary services, contact John Erdevig, at jerdevig@comcast.net or 734-709-6594.
*For free remote/online notary services contact Liz Rooney, (mailto:egrooney531@gmail.com). She can schedule video notarization between 5-9PM weekdays, and throughout the weekend. She uses Zoom.
To notarize remotely, you need:
· A phone, tablet, or computer capable of 2-way video
· Your picture ID
· To email, fax, or mail, a legible copy of the completed notarization to her the same day as the notarization
· To send your Affidavit to the Clerk’s office. [If you don’t have access to a printer, email me (Volunteer@WashtenawDems.org) your completed PDF and I’ll print and send.]

*Here is the link to state database of active notaries: https://services2.sos.state.mi.us/notarysearch/
· All MI notaries can provide remote services (you must be IN Michigan at the time, as well), but not all are able.
· Unfortunately, the DB doesn’t include contact info, but it’s a start.
Remember: Some credit unions (and banks) are offering notary services at their drive through. Call ahead.

Remote notarization requires you to use two-way video service and to send a legible copy of the Affidavit to the notary the same day, using email, fax, or snail mail.

Want to help with phonebanking, texting, calling, or canvassing when it’s safe but can’t serve as a delegate? Be sure to sign up to volunteer at WashtenawDems.org/Volunteer