Voting Block Information

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This voting block was developed as a tactic to convert the raw energy of the Occupy movement into political currency and integrate Occupy ideas directly into the political system while remaining independent from it.  The voting block is being rolled out in Albany in spring 2012; however, the hope is that it can be used as a model for other Occupation in NY and nationally.Trainings in the voting bloc tactic are available on request.  Attached are a tri-fold and sample Voting Bloc form which is used during the canvass.

 

What is a voting bloc?

A voting block is tactic to build a scalable currency of political power.  It is essentially a list of voters who sign up to be notified, at election time, of which candidates support the key issues that are important to them, in this case Clean Elections and a Constitutional Amendment to get money out of politics.  This list can then be used to wield political pressure against our representatives, showing them that there is a vast number of active voters who will not stand for anything but progress.  Unlike a petition, a voting block bolsters voter turnout and puts pressure where it counts.  A voting block is a key tactic to repopulate the government with representatives who support an end to legal bribery.


Because voters vote at each level of government, a voting bloc is cumulative and scalable.  That is, a voting block built to wield influence at the municipal level, can be used to exert influence at the state and national levels.


How is a voting bloc developed?

A voting bloc is developed directly through canvassing and via social media by linking to a “Join the Voting Bloc” page to get people signed up.  The canvassing also has the effect of a direct contact with the public to spread the word.


What is the voting block focused on?

The Money out of Politics Voting Bloc is focused on two key areas:

  1. Clean Election Style Campaign Finance Reform
  2. A Constitutional Amendment to reverse the ideas that money is speech and corporations are people

These two actions will legalize democracy, laying the constitutional and political foundation to get money out of politics and make our political system sane again.

The following is the text of the voting bloc:

Join the Money Out of Politics Voting Bloc

I care about getting the corrupting influence of money out of politics. I want this fixed immediately, so we can have a fair election process and a government that works for ALL people, not just the wealthy donors. If candidates want my vote, they need to support [Clean Elections] and a Constitutional Amendment that limits the role of special interest money in our election process. I would like to be informed of which candidates support Clean Elections in my district before I go to the polls.

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Action Alerts (Vol)

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2 Responses to “Voting Block Information”

  1. Ilana

    1. Turf & Data Team
    a. Map out where canvasing will happen; draw walking paths; data entry/mgmt
    2. Coordination Team
    a. Liaison to wider Occupation; volunteer coordinator; connect jobs to people
    b. get voting bloc people to community events with clipboards at events
    3. Training and Support Team
    a. Training individuals; collecting forms; Making sure that data from the day is given
    to the Data Management Team, Mentoring
    4. Outreach
    a. Work to spread Voting Bloc model out to other groups
    5. Literature and Messaging Team
    a. work with canvassers involved in issue training to develop talking points, issue specific lit, scripts, general lit, etc
    6. Canvass Team
    a. Team of individuals that literally go door to door, inclusive of trainers
    7. Recruiting Team
    a. Develop the canvassing team, Conduct interviews
    8. Legal/ Policy Team
    a. constitutional analysis, policy research, legislative formulation and drafting, loop
    hole spotting and closing 9. Lobby Team
    a. keeping tabs on Politicians, and put them on notice when we got #s in their district
    10. Fundraising
    a. Democracy Coffee, Grants, donations, etc
    11. Internet Outreach
    a. Develop online voting bloc form, and post link to form on relevant discussion

  2. Ilana

    Structure of a Voting Bloc

    1. Turf & Data Team
    a. Map out where canvasing will happen; draw walking paths; data entry/mgmt
    2. Coordination Team
    a. Liaison to wider Occupation; volunteer coordinator; connect jobs to people
    b. get voting bloc people to community events with clipboards at events
    3. Training and Support Team
    a. Training individuals; collecting forms; Making sure that data from the day is given
    to the Data Management Team, Mentoring
    4. Outreach
    a. Work to spread Voting Bloc model out to other groups
    5. Literature and Messaging Team
    a. work with canvassers involved in issue training to develop talking points, issue specific lit, scripts, general lit, etc
    6. Canvass Team
    a. Team of individuals that literally go door to door, inclusive of trainers
    7. Recruiting Team
    a. Develop the canvassing team, Conduct interviews
    8. Legal/ Policy Team
    a. constitutional analysis, policy research, legislative formulation and drafting, loop
    hole spotting and closing 9. Lobby Team
    a. keeping tabs on Politicians, and put them on notice when we got #s in their district
    10. Fundraising
    a. Democracy Coffee, Grants, donations, etc
    11. Internet Outreach
    a. Develop online voting bloc form, and post link to form on relevant discussion