Right now we’re focused on contacting the millions of unaffiliated, Green and other voters in New York. We talk to them about Bernie and inform them about the impending Oct 9 deadline for switching party in time to vote for him in the primary next year.
These calls are slightly more complicated than a straight-up campaign phonecall because of the voter registration issues that are unique to New York. However they will be crucial to our efforts and your help is appreciated.
Please read through the materials below. When you’re ready, sign up using the button at the bottom of the page and help us make phone calls for Bernie!
1. Background on the Oct 9th deadline
New York has closed primaries. This means only people registered as Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary next year. The deadline for people to switch party (by re-registering) is Oct 9th 2015.
This deadline does not apply to people who are new voters or are not already registered in New York State.
Many people will not have heard about the deadline and will wonder if it’s real. You can assure them that the New York Board of Elections has confirmed the date with us – the deadline is real and it’s coming up soon! For more information, visit:
2. How it works
- Once you’ve read the training materials and signed up, you’ll receive your personal link to the call tool by email.
- The call tool hands out numbers to you one by one
- There is no time commitment – you can make your calls whenever it’s convenient for you, as long as it’s between 10am and 9pm EST
3. Sample Script
This is a sample script. Please feel free to say what feels right, and let us know what worked and what didn’t!
Hi, My name is ________, I’m a grassroots volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign for President. I’d like to speak with ______ please.
Are you planning on voting for Bernie in the Democratic Primary in April?
Yes? That’s great! So, New York has closed primaries, which means that anyone who isn’t registered as a Democrat can’t vote for Bernie in the Democratic Primary in April. We need help to let all Bernie supporters out there know that they need to be registered as a Democrat by October 9th of this year – less than a month away – if they want to vote for him. Right now, you are registered as a ______. Do you plan to change your party so you can vote for him? If so, give them the website www.ifyouwantbernie.com/NY/ which has instructions on how to change registration. If they’d rather get it in an email, take that info down and email them a link.
No? Bernie Sanders is drawing massive crowds all across America. The reason the people are supporting Bernie Sanders is because of his record on issues like economic inequality, campaign finance, gay marriage, criminal justice reform, and holding the billionaires accountable. Basically discuss your reasons for liking Bernie with voter. If they are supportive, give them the information about the closed primary, as in “Yes” above. If unsure you can point them to www.teambernieny.org to find out more.
Additional scripts for other situations
If the call goes to voicemail you can use the Voicemail Script
If the caller is not home you can leave a message with the person who answers using the Pass a Message Script
If the voter is Spanish and you’re comfortable with it too, give the Spanish script a whirl!
4. Tips for phone banking
Read the general Tips for Phone Banking
5. Getting on board & using the Call for Bernie Tool
Find out what happens after you sign up and how to use the Call for Bernie Tool.
Please read the Call Tool Guide
Questions / Feedback?
Please remember that we’re all unpaid volunteers and this effort is still new – we welcome all your comments, feedback and questions so that we can work together to improve. You can contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ok, I’m ready to call for Bernie!
Phew, that was a lot to read! If you’re ready, click the button below to sign up and we’ll send you a link to access the Call Tool.
Note: if you’ve already signed up, there is no need to sign up again. Use the personal link we emailed you to go straight to the Call Tool.