From the Facebook page of 159 Georgia Together, September 2, 2022:

159 Georgia Together

New info! Poll watchers needed! Find districts, candidates, and voting info!

September Voter Engagement/Election Watch Volunteer & Training Opportunities & Information

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* Election Day, Nov. 8, is fewer than 70 days away, and early voting starts on Oct. 17. Georgia needs all the help it can get, so please consider volunteering with one of these groups. Even an hour a week can make a difference, and in the current climate of voter suppression, even a few votes can make a difference.

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* Copy/paste link to this original post with more details https://bit.ly/3q6O5ms

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* Following is 159 Georgia Together’s monthly compilation of progressive volunteer opportunities focused primarily on civic and voter engagement. We hear from people every month who find short-term or long-term volunteer homes through these compilation posts. Let us know if you do!

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* Thanks to the Asian American Advocacy Fund, Democratic Party of Georgia, Environmental Voter Project, Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Georgia Postcard Project, Georgia Working Families Party, My Block Votes, New Georgia Project, Swing Left/Vote Forward’s The Big Send, and VoteRiders for providing the information for these opportunities.

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* 2022 General election deadlines: Oct. 11: General election registration deadline; Nov. 8: General election; Dec. 6: General election runoffs.

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* Don’t forget to check your voter status at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do and you can also go to your county’s website for information about where to vote early. See the nonpartisan Georgia Voter Guide www.georgiavoter.guide for lots of info related to voting, and the Directory of Georgia Candidates https://bit.ly/2Y0E7Ja for up-to-date listings of almost every elected position in Georgia. This nonpartisan ballot lookup tool from the Georgia Muslim Voter Project https://gamvp.branch.vote will walk you through what’s on your ballot. And if you’re thinking of running for office someday, see candidate recruitment & training resources info, deadlines, and opportunities at https://bit.ly/3GWTao7

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* New one-stop tool! Find your new districts and learn about your new candidates for State House, State Senate, and Congress. Some of your districts have probably changed for 2022. Visit this page from Fair Districts GA to learn how to find your new districts and who is running for office. This is also a great time to check your voter registration, and that’s included in the process www.fairdistrictsga.org/find-representatives-or-districts

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* For voters away from home in election season: fvap.gov for military families living out of state or out of the country, or votefromabroad.org for all U.S. citizens abroad. For voters away from home who need friendly reminders to vote, a handy guide to help you have effective voting conversations with people you know: buildingbridgesforamerica.com/vote-from-away

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* For Students:

- Campus Vote Project’s Georgia Student Voting Summit Sept. 23-24, in partnership with Georgia Shift and New Georgia Project, will include a virtual conference with a series of panels and workshops highlighting community and civic engagement. Day 2 includes an in-person keynote reception at Morehouse University featuring free food, networking, art, music, and a keynote panel discussing community and civic engagement. Grant and scholarship opportunities are available to all students across Georgia who will be attending a Georgia college, technical college, or university in the fall. Register: bit.ly/22GAVote

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* Asian American Advocacy Fund (civic engagement, advocacy, AAPI in-language resources):

- Join Sept. 15 6:00 p.m. Asians for Abrams Virtual Party & Friendbank: https://bit.ly/friendsofa4a

- Become an Asians for Abrams Volunteer: https://bit.ly/a4avol

- Become an AAAF Volunteer: https://bit.ly/AAAFVolunteer

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* Democratic Party of Georgia (virtual phone banking, voter protection team):

- Help contact voters throughout Georgia to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot! At this remote phone bank, you will be trained to engage in direct voter contact and start making calls to our voters. Shifts are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 12:00-3:00 p.m. and 3:00-6:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 1:00-4:00 p.m., and 4:00-7:00 p.m., and Sundays 12:00-3:00 p.m. and 3:00-6:00 p.m. www.mobilize.us/gavotes/event/488467

- Other shifts are Mondays 12:00-2:00 p.m., Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m., and bi-weekly on Saturdays www.mobilize.us/gavotes/event/479599

- Housing support: From now until Nov. 8, hundreds of people from around the country will travel to Georgia to volunteer. Offering up a room in your home as supporter housing for the coordinated campaign is a huge help; sign up here: https://bit.ly/3wQRrOt

- Poll observers: The DPG Voter Protection team is ramping up efforts to recruit volunteer internal and external poll observers (aka poll watchers) across all of Georgia to ensure a fair and free election; fill out poll observer form bit.ly/GAPOsignup and sign up for DPG poll observer training on Saturday, Sept. 10, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. or Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. www.mobilize.us/gavotes/event/486242

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* Environmental Voter Project (canvassing, phone banking):

- Since 2017, EVP has helped turn 46,478 environmentalists into consistent super-voters in Georgia.

- Canvass Atlanta voters on Saturday, Sept. 10, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. www.environmentalvoter.org/canvassATL

- Sign up to canvass low propensity environmental voters in Georgia at other times www.environmentalvoter.org/canvass

- Virtual phone banks start on Wednesday, Oct. 26 for the general election. Sign up to get updates www.environmentalvoter.org/get-involved

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* Georgia Muslim Voter Project (voter engagement and education, phone banking, text banking, tabling, canvassing):

- Volunteers can help engage and educate voters and get them to the polls. Support needed with phone banking, text banking, and help with in-person tabling and canvassing opportunities. GAMVP is also looking for people who speak languages spoken by Muslim communities (including Arabic, Burmese, Somali, Hindi, Urdu, and many more) to translate voter education materials and provide interpretation for events. Email hibah.berhanu@gamvp.org and sign up www.gamvp.org/volunteer

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* Georgia Postcard Project 2022 (postcards for the midterms):

- The Georgia Postcard Project is a volunteer group supporting the Democratic Party of Georgia. Postcards have been stocked in 50 locations across Georgia for volunteers to pick up. See www.gapostcard.org for more info and to fill out a form to get the pickup address of the bin near you. GPP sent one million postcards in 2020 for the general and runoff elections!

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* Georgia Working Families Party (phone banking, peer to peer texting, canvassing, relational organizing):

- Sign up https://bit.ly/3BuLoSz

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* My Block Votes (nonpartisan; engaging your neighbors to participate in voting via sustained repeated canvassing):

- The successful five-year-old pilot program in Southwest Atlanta will expand statewide, targeting primary, general and runoff elections in a year-round effort so that voters in your own neighborhood can have ample time to register, learn new voting laws, and locate their sample ballot with the help of a trusted neighbor. Get involved in Southwest Atlanta, or reach out and get information you can use in your own neighborhood to build effective neighbor-to-neighbor trust over time. Email jillalikonis10@gmail.com

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* New Georgia Project (phonebanking, civic engagement):

- Phonebanking (provide voting dates and information and help voters make a plan to vote) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 5:30-8:30 p.m., Saturdays 1:00-4:00 p.m. (training included); sign up for other election-related activities, upcoming events, and more volunteer opportunities at https://bit.ly/3PTIdbs

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* Swing Left/Vote Forward’s The Big Send (letter-writing):

- Letter writing is one of the most effective ways to contact voters, confirmed by Analyst Institute: https://votefwd.org/impact2020

- Write letters to Georgia voters to be mailed in October that will help turn out people from historically underrepresented Georgia communities to vote in the midterms: https://votefwd.org/district/GA_2022_A_STATE

- Write letters to Georgia voters to be mailed in October that will encourage Democratic-leaning voters in Georgia to vote in the midterms, https://votefwd.org/district/GA_2022_B_STATE

- You can host your own letter-writing party https://swingleft.org/host/letter-writing and encourage folks to sign up to write letters on their own https://votefwd.org/swingleft

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* VoteRiders (assistance with voter IDs, letter-writing campaigns):

- Textbanking: Thursday, September 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m., www.voteriders.org/volunteer https://mobilize.us/s/U9VCzX

- Writing Wednesdays letter-writing parties with Fair Count, Sept. 7 and Sept. 21, 7:00- 8:00 p.m., www.mobilize.us/faircount/event/439604

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* 159 Georgia Together:

Our all-volunteer nonprofit (c)4 group is led by a diverse, statewide board and focuses on civic engagement and healthcare. Please “like” our public Facebook group 159 Georgia Together, and send us a message there if you'd like to join our large private group.