An activist guide to the May 2019 Special District Election
Did you know former Oregon governor Barbara Roberts started her career running for a school board seat?
Our next governor could be running for the school board right now. And, you have a chance to support these candidates. Not just someday in the distant future—I’m talking this weekend!
If you’ve been watching the news this week, you may be thinking it’s time to get out of the house and engage in some activism. You know we need more Democrats in office. You know you could do more to help. But… you’re not quite sure what to do.
If this sounds like you, you’re in luck. Here’s a list of 7 things you can do right now to advocate for Democrats.
Slate Card Drop! Wait, What’s a Slate Card?
Slate cards are one of the most effective tools we can offer voters to help them fill out their ballots. The Multnomah County Democrats have created slate cards to highlight candidates who are running in the most competitive races. We know the exact neighborhoods to deliver them. All we need is your help.
Will you be a part of helping us get the word out about these Democratic candidates?
1. Sign up to distribute slate cards in a tight race
Will you join us? Please go here to RSVP. We can’t wait to see you!
No? You’re still here? Don’t worry! You do not need to knock on doors for this event. There will be options for either dropping or knocking. That’s right, we cater to introverts and extroverts alike. Easy-peasy, right? Here’s the link again.
Once you’ve done that, here are the other ways you can help. Tell the world about these upcoming election deadlines.
- Let your “less political friends” know if they aren’t registered to vote, they have until April 30. Info on registering to vote here.
- Then, remind them to look for their ballots in the mail around May 3rd.
- If you haven’t received your ballot by May 9th, contact Multnomah County Elections at (503) 988-3720.
- Didn’t make the mail? The deadline to drop your ballot in a drop box is Election Day, May 21.
- When your neighbors ask, “Why should I care about the school board election?” Here’s what you can say.
—When you vote Democrats onto our School Boards, you ensure school policies are fair.
—School boards make the important decisions to staff school counselors and health services; fund music, arts and science; support children with disabilities and at-risk youth; ensure safe and welcoming schools, and support our great teachers. School boards are crucial to every student’s success.
- Not sure who to vote for? We asked the Democrats running to appear on our website. Learn more about them here.
So, there you go. That’s 7 things you need to know about how to advocate for Democrats. We really hope to see you at the slate card party. If you can’t make it, please spread the word about the election and the upcoming deadlines.