Message from Supreme
Worthy Vice Supreme Masters, Masters and Faithful Navigators
Worthy State Deputies, District Deputies and Grand Knights,
This email encourages your participation in the Knights of Columbus Nonpartisan National Get Out The Vote Program.
Members of the Knights of Columbus should vote and should encourage others to vote.
To help get members, their families, as well as members of parishes and local communities to the polls to exercise their right to vote, the Knights of Columbus has developed the parish based Knights of Columbus Nonpartisan National Get Out The Vote Program. Importantly, voters in 30 states have already begun casting their ballots before the month of September even ended. Thus, about 35% of voters are expected to vote before November 4, 2014. November 4, 2014 is still Election Day, but for many it is simply the last day of an “Election Week” or “Election Month” or an even longer election period.
Importantly, voters in 30 states have already begun casting their ballots before the month of September even ended. Thus, about 35% of voters are expected to vote before November 4, 2014. November 4, 2014 is still Election Day, but for many it is simply the last day of an “Election Week” or “Election Month” or an even longer election period.
We ask that you please review the full detailed action steps we have outlined on our website which can be found here.
FOUR Weeks From Election Day
- State Deputies appoint a State Coordinator to support Grand Knights and Faithful Navigators in implementing the “Knights of Columbus Nonpartisan National Get Out the Vote Program.”
- Grand Knights and Faithful Navigators appoint a Local Coordinator for the “Knights of Columbus Nonpartisan National Get Out the Vote Program.”
- Coordinators contact state and local voting officials to correctly identify and confirm active polling locations where voting will take place on Election Day in the general area of the council and assembly.
- Provide maps to inform people of the location of their new polling place and give them sample ballots with candidates and referendum issues listed.
- Organize a “Rides to the Polls” program.
- Designate a “dispatch” member and location to coordinate drivers and check on cancellations and late requests for rides.
- Call for volunteers who have suitable means of transportation to drive people to the polls.
- Schedule volunteer drivers throughout Election Day to accommodate those in need of transportation to the polls throughout the Election Day.
- Arrange volunteer schedules so that volunteer drivers can pick up as many participants as they can comfortably accommodate during each trip.
- Reach out to parishes and other community organizations to help identify people in need of transportation on Election Day.
- Volunteer drivers should make specific arrangements with participants as to where they will meet participants.
- Meet with the pastor to obtain permission from pastors of local parishes to post sign-up sheets for those in need of transportation to the polls on Election Day.
- Obtain permission to post sign-up sheets throughout the local community (stores, churches, meeting halls, senior centers, etc.) offering a ride to the polls and providing phone numbers and/or e-mail addresses to contact to arrange a time.
- Create, Reproduce, And Distribute Voting Information Flyers that includes:
- the date of the election or, in early voting states, of the election period.
- sites of local polling places, including dates and locations of early voting places.
- ballot information on what offices, referenda, initiatives, and/or propositions are being voting on.
- information regarding voter qualifications (e.g., Will voters need I.D. to vote?)
- information regarding voter registration.
- Display Voting Information Flyers throughout the local community in the weeks prior to local, state, and/or national elections to remind voters of their civic duty.
- Place the “VOTE” posters and Voting Information Flyers as ads in local community and diocesan newspapers.
- Coordinators And Officers Meet With The Pastor
- Meet with the pastor to obtain his permission and approval to promote the Knights of Columbus Nonpartisan National Get Out The Vote Program through: (1) nonpartisan bulletin inserts; and (2) nonpartisan pulpit talks that advise parishioners in need of assistance or transportation to get to the polls on Election Day to sign up with a representative from the Knights of Columbus.
- Meet with the pastor to obtain permission to hang “VOTE” posters and official voting information flyers around the parish.
Order Posters, which are available free of charge when ordered in reasonable quantities. Place orders for “VOTE” posters and flyers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Obtain permission to hang and otherwise distribute Knights of Columbus "VOTE" posters and official Voting Information Flyers at soup kitchens, libraries, senior centers, community centers, convalescent homes, etc.