Dialing Michigan!

Dialing Michigan!

Posted on Jul. 16, 2020

Why Michigan?

Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes are critical to winning the White House in 2020.

In 2016, Democrats didn’t get enough voters in traditional Democratic strongholds—and lost crucial votes in rural parts of Michigan. Gaining back support in these areas—and statewide—is essential for winning Michigan—and holding the US Senate and House seats.

Flip a Michigan State House seat, and maximize your impact up and down the ballot! Michigan Democrats could take back the state’s House of Representatives from Republicans for the first time since 2010—we just need four state house seats! A blue State House means overturning gerrymandering in Michigan, addressing environmental issues and groundwater contamination, and increasing funding for Michigan schools, healthcare, and infrastructure—as well as many other important issues.

Fates of issues like civil rights, health care, climate change, and immigration won’t be determined by our next President alone. Congress and state legislatures will create long-term change. Let’s make sure they’re blue, up and down the ballot

In the state house, Swing Left is currently targeting seven districts—five GOP-held seats and two Democratic holds. Geographically, Swing Left targets are distributed across the state, with the majority surrounding the metro Detroit area. Four GOP incumbents in target districts are being term-limited out of office, giving Democrats an opportunity to flip the chamber in 2020 and protect the integrity of Michigan’s independent redistricting process in 2021.

We need your help for Democrats to win big in Michigan in 2020!

 

Learn More

 

Virtual Phone Bank Training

  • New—
  • Swing Left Phone Bank 101 Online Classes every Wednesday 8pm ET and Friday 3:30 pm ET (through the election).  Sign up here, video recording here, and slides here
  • Also see Video Section (below)

 

Why Phone Bank?

  • After door-to-door canvassing, phone banking is the most effective way to connect with voters, clean voter lists, and do voter identification.
  • Canvassing is on hold during the pandemic, so calling is even more important.
  • This strategy provides the opportunity for personal, real-time conversations. It allows us to make real-time connections with voters, ask questions, and collect valuable information for campaigns.
  • Phone banking helps identify supporters, recruit volunteers, deliver yard signs, get out the vote, clean up phone lists, and more.
  • Allows campaigns and state Democratic parties gather critical data and target their resources.
  • It’s critical for getting out the vote and reaching rural voters.
  • Builds community.
  • It is practical and cost effective—anyone can phone bank from home without having to travel.

 

Let’s Go!

  • New—
  • Michigan Virtual Phone Bank Calendar here
  • Find everything you need to get started in the Michigan Phone Bank Guide. Includes more about Open Virtual Phone Bank (Open VPB) (manual dialer), ThruTalk (autodialer), how to sign up for phone banks, how to get an Action ID, best practices and tips, FAQs, and a host of resources.

Don’t worry if you have not done this before!

Almost all state parties and campaigns have a short training before their virtual phone banks. An organizer will send information about how to get set up and train you on the script. That person will also be available (by Zoom, email, and/or text) during your shift, to answer questions and offer assistance.

Ready to jump in? Check out the quick start Swing Left Phone Bank Hub (wwww.swingleft.org/p/phone-bank)

 

 

Dialing for Michigan State House Candidates

Flip a Michigan State House seat, and maximize your impact up and down the ballot!

Plus, a blue State House means overturning gerrymandering in Michigan, addressing environmental issues and groundwater contamination, and increasing funding for Michigan schools, healthcare, and infrastructure—as well as many other important issues.

Join us!

  • Julia Pulver, RN (MI HD-39) Sunday 4-6 pm ET with East Bay Activist Alliance, plus Sat.-Sun. and weekday shifts. Autodialer available. Final GOTV 10/24-11/3 VPBs just posted, including Sat.-Sun.! Learn more/sign up here.
  • Nicole Breadon (MI HD-43) Monday 5-7 pm ET dialing dialing *with* Nicole; also Mon., Wed., Sat. Now leaving messages, and dialing with an absentee ballot chase script. Learn more/sign up here.
  • Kelly Breen (MI HD-38) any day 9 am-9 pm ET (no training/on your own) and final GOTV 10/24-11/3 VPBs just posted, including Tues. and Thurs. 6 pm ET and Sat.-Sun. shifts! (with Zoom call/training). Learn more/sign up here.

 

 

  • Looking for other time slots? Check our Michigan Virtual Phone Bank Calendar here 
  • After each shift, please log hours here (MA for Michigan)
  • Questions, or need help? Let us know! bluemichiganvolunteers@gmail.com

 

Dialing for Michigan Democratic Party One Campaign (Coordinated Campaign)

Shifts now available Monday-Sunday 10 am-9 pm ET! Calls and training are available on ThruTalk (an autodialer). OpenVPB is available, too.

Learn more/sign up here.

 

 

Michigan GOTV Voter Calls with Rust Belt Rising 8 Million Voter Project

  • Phase 2 of this StateWide Indivisible Michigan (SWIM) and Rust Belt Rising project will focus on new call lists, helping Michiganders get ready to vote.

    As we approach the last critical days, let’s keep our foot down on the pedal and elect outstanding leaders up and down the ballot, including the Michigan State House! Get out the vote (GOTV) for these candidates means votes all the way up the ticket, including Congressional seats and Presidential race.Learn more here.

  • You Must *Sign Up for Specific Shifts with Rust Belt Rising Here* RBR will send the Zoom call link and pre-call information. Shifts available most days of the week through 11/3. Sign up here.

 

Other Calendars

 

Statistics

If you can, please log 1000 Hours to Win hours here (MA for Michigan)

 

Videos

 

Host/Post a Michigan Virtual Phone Bank (VPB)

 

Swing Left Resources