Picture this: you’re passionate about democracy (obviously) and you’re looking for the best, spoooooookiest way to get your community out to the polls this fall.
You probably already know that knocking on doors is the best way to get out the vote (increasing voter turnout by a whopping 8-12%, according to some Yale brainiacs).
And what is the one day each year people expect a knock on their door (and greet said knocker with candy)? Halloween. Because scaring is caring.
And when does Halloween happen to fall on the calendar? Always a few days before the election.
So you may be too old to Trick or Treat, but you’re never too old to Trick or Vote.
Founded in 2004 in Portland, Oregon, Trick or Vote is the nation’s largest nonpartisan get-out-the-vote effort…in costume. It’s where you get to dress up like your favorite witch, wizard or Deputy House Whip and remind your local coven to vote.
Although 2013 is an off-year, there are tons of important elections being decided on November 5th. Governors will be elected in Virginia and New Jersey, over 30 large cities are electing mayors, and there are local elections across the nation. Trick or Vote gives community organizers a chance to do something different with their important work (and add some candy to their usual diet of pizza and exhaustion).
I’m sure you’re now wondering, “How do I get in on this sweet democratic action? Do I need to get bitten by a zombie or one of those shiny Twilight vampires?”
No, silly. Just sign up to volunteer at one of the many Trick or Vote events across the country. You can find an event to attend at www.trickorvote.org, or sign up to
ghost host your own event at http://trickorvote.org/signup2013/!
C’mon, all the ghoul kids are doing it.
-Emily Alsleben, National Programs Manager/ Empower Ranger, Bus Federation
Trick or Vote is a nonpartisan program of the Bus Federation Civic Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to finding innovative ways of engaging the next generation in what it calls “hands-on democracy.” Trick or Vote is a strictly nonpartisan tool for engaging more people in our democracy, and it does not endorse any candidate, issue or ballot measure. But it does think your costume looks nice.