The Chris Bell and John Courage teams got together and decided that if we can bring this money to Texas, they will use a portion to build online tools for all candidates and activists. Seriously, in 30 seconds or so, you can really make a difference! Why not vote right now athttp://www.forwardtogetherpac.com/mapchangers.
Glen Maxey, former State Rep and newly minted Chris Bell Field Director writes in to say:
OK, guys. I want to put up these online tools for everyone in Texas to use….candidates, activists, campaigns.
We MUST win this contest to get Mark Warner to Texas to have a fundraiser for John Courage, candidate for CD 21. If John has the fundraiser, he will pay the first $15,000 raised to cover online tool development costs.
VOTE HERE NOW:
Chris Bell is asking everyone to vote for Courage, so Texans don’t split their votes.
Vote at: http://www.forwardtogetherpac.com/mapchangers
Here’s examples of what is in development:
We’re working on a open access website for candidates, activists, and campaigns across Texas to use to organize their efforts.
Look for these kinds of tools coming soon:
Voter registration: Info in one place about how to do it and all the stuff you have to know… but then the things to make you able to do it effectively, such as…
A tool to call up your block, street, precinct or more with the names and addresses of registered voters… and the missing addresses where no one lives. An easy way to find which doors to knock on to register voters. And we’re going to ask you to help us create a permanent address file so we can do this every election cycle. Is that old house at 1504 Park Ave, really just a shed? Did you register someone to vote at a new address?
Did you meet a disabled or senior citizen who’ll need an mail ballot? You’ll be able to make that notation and then the system will send you a list of everyone you’ve got on your list on September 7th when applications can be accepted by the clerk. You’ll have your list ready to go get applications signed… but where are you going to get the applications???
Mail ballot applications online! If a voter needs an application to vote by mail, they can simply call up their name in the online file, mark the reason, and print out an automatically populated request form ready for a signature and a stamp. And more importantly, it tells you exactly where to mail it in your county.
Better yet… this tool will have a file near it where you can print out a list of everyone over age 65 in your block, your street, your precinct so you have a road map to drop by and ask your neighbors if they need you to print out an application for them to vote by mail.
Ahhh… but what about all the nursing home staff and social workers who’ve struggled to get mail ballot applications for those they care for? It’s now going to be as simple as entering their names, printing the form, obtaining a signature, and mailing the application.
Or maybe you’re better suited to take your laptop and a printer to a senior center and printing out applications for anyone who needs one… or going to your neighborhood nursing home, or to a hospital, or maybe even a bingo parlor.
How about using Face Book (an online networking site for high school and college studnets) and looking up every university student from your high school who is attending college outside your county and sending them a link to print out an application for a mail ballot?
How about that friend living in Europe or that soldier in Iraq? They can now print out the form and fax it in… the correct fax number is on the form!
Tool #4: Friends Vote
This tool allows you to call up the names of your friends or family, enter their email, and send them a list of all the early voting locations in their county and their election day polling location.
There are a bunch more in development, but the sky’s the limit.
And it’s all going to be “free”. No access fee, no secret pass codes, just action items to get folks registered and to a polling place.
Help John Courage win this contest, so we’ll have the money for a bunch of other cool, new tools.
Statewide, all candidates, all activists, all the time.
Everyone can organize their world. One voter at a time.
Have ideas of things that could help you organize? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org