Get your friends to vote

If you’re reading this you probably already know Measure S is a disaster. The Yes campaign is counting on very few voters showing up so they can sneak this thing through, and unfortunately March elections get notoriously low turnout. The good news is we know exactly what we need to do – and it’s not hard. All we have to do is get our friends to show up! Here’s how:

  1. Make a list of at least 20 of your friends in LA (more if you feel like it!)
  2. Send everyone on your list an initial message – pick your favorite email, or social media direct message from below (or write your own, of course)
  3. Pick ten or more of those friends to follow up with
  4. After about a week, follow up with your priority friends and send a reminder message, either from the sample list or an informal text or call
  5. Send one more quick reminder the day before the election (although obviously you can lay off if they tell you they’ve already voted by mail)

Let’s do this thing!

Click here for a model flyer that you can modify and share with anyone.

Invite your friends to vote No on S on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1766239527030035/

Sample emails:

Email option 1 – keep LA’s revitalization on track

If you’re like me, you’re probably disappointed with the outcome of the November election and are fed up with politics. It’s going to be a loooong four years.

If we want to make sure we avoid a similar mistake here in LA, we’ve gotta get out to the polls for our next local election on March 7. We’ll choose our next mayor, half the city council, and school board members. There’s also two ballot measures proposing regulations on cannabis dispensaries.

But here’s the scary one: we’ll also be voting on a critical ballot measure – Measure S – that has the potential to permanently alter how the city grows.  If passed, it would stop the revitalization of LA in its tracks and attempt to go back to a time when Los Angeles was a smoggy, segregated suburban sprawl.

Here’s a great article that sets out the best reasons why Measure S is bad for LA.  The authors of Measure S tried, unsuccessfully, to stop Measure M (the ballot measure to fund transit) in November.

Now, with Measure S, they want to stop the city from building transit-oriented housing.  They also oppose building affordable housing in their neighborhoods, and would prefer that young and working class people drive for hours to and from work.

Knowing that fewer people vote in off-cycle elections, they decided to do an end-run around the city’s youth by placing Measure S on the March ballot so it has a better chance of passing with only them and their NIMBY neighbors showing up at the polls.  That’s right: they are counting on you NOT voting.

Let’s prove them wrong.

Will you help me stop Measure S?  You don’t even have to leave the house if you don’t want to!  Here’s the process:

  1. If you like voting in person, find your polling place for the March 7, 2017 election here.
  2. Or click here to request a vote by mail ballot by February 28th – you’ll receive a ballot in the mail that you can fill out (Vote NO on Measure S!) and mail it back or drop off at any polling station.

Thanks for taking these two minutes to help make LA a more inclusive, fair and vibrant city!

Please share this message with your friends so we can show them that they can’t sneak a terrible ballot measure past us!

Email option 2 – Importance of voting

Did you know that, of the 200 million registered, eligible voters in America, 97 million didn’t bother to vote in the 2016 election?  How did that turn out?  Not good, I’d say.

Do you want a similar disastrous outcome for our civic election on March 7?

I know I don’t.  That’s why I have already mailed in my ballot, choosing to vote No on Measure S, a ballot measure designed by wealthy white boomers to “protect” LA from mass transit and affordable housing.

There’s a whole host of reasons why Measure S is bad for LA; most importantly it’ll drive up rents, worsen traffic, and kill tons of jobs – you can read the full scoop here.

  1. If you like voting in person, find your polling place for the March 7, 2017 election here.
  2. Or click here to request a vote by mail ballot by February 28th – you’ll receive a ballot in the mail that you can fill out (Vote NO on Measure S!) and mail it back or drop off at any polling station.

Once you’ve done that, please share this message with your friends who also hate long commutes and segregated communities.

Email option 3 – pledge to vote

After witnessing the regrettable outcome when almost half of eligible voters in America neglected to vote in November 2016, I promised myself I would never take my right to vote for granted ever again.

Fortunately, it’s practically effortless to vote in the upcoming Los Angeles County election on March 7.

  1. If you like voting in person, find your polling place for the March 7, 2017 election here.
  2. Or click here to request a vote by mail ballot by February 28th – you’ll receive a ballot in the mail that you can fill out (Vote NO on Measure S!) and mail it back or drop off at any polling station.

I pledged to myself, my peers and to future generations that I will honor the responsibility that comes with citizenship – will you join me in that pledge?

The stakes for the March 7 election are high:  The ballot contains an egregious ballot measure called Measure S, which has been proposed by wealthy homeowners who don’t want trains and affordable housing in their neighborhood.  They’ve got $ millions to spend on TV ads and billboards and they’re counting on people like YOU not voting.  People who take the train, or commute long distances to save on rent.

Here’s a great breakdown of why Measure S is terrible for LA. 

I have pledged to no longer let people who don’t like me and my kind deciding the rules for how our government is run.  We lost the race on the national scale, but there is still time to have your voice heard on the county scale.

Please join me in pledging to vote, and encourage your friends, too.  The stakes are high (and the rent is too)!

Email 4 – reminder email

Hey!

Just checking in to see if you have registered to vote and have sent in your mail-in ballot or are planning to vote in person on March 7.  There’s still time – you have until February 20th to register if you haven’t already.  You can do it here, and you can request a vote by mail ballot here until February 28th.

I don’t want to sound alarmist, but the future of LA is at stake.  Measure S, if passed, will stop the development of transit-oriented housing, forcing Angelenos onto clogged freeways instead of jumping on the Metro.  Its an attempt to re-segregate LA and starve Metro of ridership, so they can lobby for more parking and freeway lanes.   LA will turn back into a smoggy, congested suburban sprawl.

The backers of Measure S are counting on you not voting.  So, if you haven’t done so, please register to vote by mail and prove them wrong.

Please share this message with your friends who share a vision of a vibrant, progressive city that supports active transportation and transit-oriented development.

Sample direct messages for social media:

Option 1: Pledge to vote

Hi!  After the disastrous election outcome in November, I pledged to no longer neglect my civic duty to stay informed and vote.  In March, Angelenos will be voting on Measure S, an LA Charter amendment that would prevent the construction of thousands of affordable housing units, causing rents to rise.

Please join me in pledging to vote in the March 7 election.

  1. If you like voting in person, find your polling place for the March 7, 2017 election here.
  2. Or click here to request a vote by mail ballot by February 28th – you’ll receive a ballot in the mail that you can fill out (Vote NO on Measure S!) and mail it back or drop off at any polling station.

Please also copy and send this message to your friends!  Lets make our voices heard!

Option 2: Bad for affordable housing

Hey!  I just voted in the LA County election!

On March 7, Angelenos will vote on Measure S, a terrible ballot measure that will stop the construction of affordable housing.

Its easy to vote NO on Measure S:

  1. If you like voting in person, find your polling place for the March 7, 2017 election here.
  2. Or click here to request a vote by mail ballot by February 28th – you’ll receive a ballot in the mail that you can fill out (Vote NO on Measure S!) and mail it back or drop off at any polling station.

Please also copy and send this message to your friends!  Lets make our voices heard!

Option 3: Anti-NIMBY

[Name],

Today I registered to vote by mail.  I’m so over wealthy NIMBYs deciding our future.

Don’t let Measure S stop affordable housing in LA. Vote NO.  Tell your friends to do so also.

Option 4: Landed Gentry

Hey,

Are you fed up with the landed gentry stopping any and all development in their backyard, driving up rents? Take two minutes to register to vote by mail and vote No on Measure S!

Option 5: Keep your friends in LA

Hi,

I’m tired of seeing my friends move away from LA due to the high cost of housing.  If Measure S passes, it will get even worsePlease register to vote by mail and join me in pledging to vote NO on S and get your friends to also!