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JCV Voter Education Drive
November 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
It’s Time to Get Out the Vote! Are you Concerned Enough About Rockwool to Help? Read what two people in your community who have talked to their neighbors think about canvassing.
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Did you know the best way to get information to people and get them to vote is to talk to them at their homes? Not TV ads, not by mail, and not by using Facebook and other social media. Research studies have made this clear. In the past weeks volunteers – your neighbors – who want to stop Rockwool have taken a few hours of their time and done just that.
Most of us have never done anything like this before. To many of us it sounds like an unpleasant thing to do. But won’t it be very, very unpleasant to have over a million pounds of pollutants spewing into the air we breathe every year for years and years and years? Canvassing – just talking to your neighbors – is actually a positive, empowering experience because you are doing something that works!
Here are what two volunteers – who have never canvassed before – have to say about the experience:
I’ve canvassed two Saturdays to get out the vote in support of local candidates opposed to the Rockwool plant. I had very positive experiences each time I went. Before knocking on doors, I was concerned I would not be able to answer peoples’ questions in detail about pollution levels, tax benefits for Rockwool, how we could stop Rockwool at this late date regarding the upcoming votes on sewer and water lines, and other specifics. I quickly discovered I did not have to be an expert to share key pieces of information with people — the fact sheets and script in our packets were detailed and comprehensive and provided all the information I needed. In addition, the system for canvassing in pairs, enabled each individual in the pair to provide information and fill in where the other person may not have had the answers. The checklist flier indicating how the candidates stood on Rockwool is a valued piece of information – homeowners seemed really pleased to receive this item to take with them into the voting booth. In addition, I felt I was helping to convince people of the importance of voting on this issue – a far cry from feeling frustrated and helpless before I canvassed. Direct contact with people is essential, I believe, and our concern and determination to oppose Rockwool really is communicated best in conversation with our fellow community members. Lynne Fry
Dear friends and neighbors, we are all concerned about the Rockwool monstrosity that the Jefferson County Commission and the Jefferson County Development Authority has forced upon us. I have always had my personal views on politics and would vote accordingly. But I never acted on what I believe. Recently I have been so angered by the situation in Jefferson County that I decided to become a volunteer canvasser for JCV and CCAR. I felt it was extremely important to reach out to my community and make sure it knows about the toxic heavy industrial factory being proposed to be built so near to our schools. I have provided voting information to my neighbors that will hopefully help all of us remove from office those who will not clearly oppose Rockwool. I am asking the members of CCAR to to volunteer and join me as a canvasser. Help JCV and CCAR get the word out to our community and let our friends know that their vote counts. A little bit of your time make a tremendous difference. Thanks, Tony DiLima.
Come this Saturday at 10 AM to Panera Bread in Ranson and join us as together we make a difference! Come by yourself or bring some friends. Make this a Saturday where you did something important.
We have expert canvassers who provide a brief training on how to canvass effectively. We have an app that lets you use your smart phone to efficiently target homes with registered voters. We have well-designed materials that clearly show voters, in a non-partisan way, where candidates stand and what are the dangers if the huge, toxic Rockwool plant is built. Canvassing is done as a two-person team, and less experienced canvassers can choose to team up with someone with more experience. Those of you who do not have smart phones will be teamed with someone who does.
Bruce Fry, Team Leader, Voter Information
Helpful Volunteer Tips
Bring a smart phone, water, snacks, and wear your walking shoes.
Plan to use your own car to get around. Stay as long as you want.
Training and Materials Provided
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