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How to Get Out the Vote – Your Individualized GOTV
Study by Stanford University – 72% more likely to vote if they have an identity and a plan to vote.
- Approach with a simple question: When are you going to vote?
George Lakoff, a professor in cognitive science and linguistics at University of California, Berkeley, makes the point about voters in his book Don’t Think of an Elephant! “People do not necessarily vote in their self-interest. They vote their identity. They vote their values. They vote for who they identify with. They may identify with their self-interest. That can happen. It is not that people never care about their self-interest. But they vote their identity. And if their identity fits their self-interest, they will vote for that. It is important to understand this point. It is a serious mistake to assume that people are simply always voting in their self-interest.” Our approach in cannot be aimed at identity bashing if we want to win and impress voters.
Finding influential topics that bridge the gap will avoid difficult situations. Retired State Representative Jeff Kropf reports that polls show that women drive the votes, particularly in the metro suburbs; and violent protesters move voters towards law and order candidates. After the 1968 riots, Republicans running on law and order won 5 out of the next 6 Presidential elections. When suburbs of metro were polled, safety issues moved voters the most followed by financial concerns.
- Release of violent criminals into communities. Criminal Justice Reform is bi-partisan nationally that draws both sides, but releasing violent prisoners early is a major safety issue.
- Next of concern was tolling freeways that are already paid for.
- Stealing the kicker is a message of government financial accountability.
- Illegal aliens receiving free healthcare also polled significantly.
- Another talking point to note is that women are purchasing firearms for self-defense in record numbers.
Strong talking points will bring us together and influence new voters.
Bridging the Gap between rural and urban voters
What each voter represents on their ballot is their identity and what they value – law and order, a strong economy, responsibility, and that our representatives should actually represent all Oregonians regardless of party affiliation. Urban has dictated state policy that doesn’t make sense for rural voters and they find no reason to vote. But when values take priority over party, the gap is bridged. For example, the drivers license for illegals was rejected by 66% of those who voted, which was then undone by Democrat legislators undermining the will of the people.
The death penalty also passed based on values, but again was reversed and undermined the will of voters. The majority party running the legislature has stopped representing us. To return balance and accountability to our democratic process, voters need to recognize the need to remove some legislators that are blocking the will of the people.
Rep. E. Werner Reschke, District 56, calculated that based on the 2018 return, both Republicans and Democrats voted at about 80%. Under strict party line voting, Republicans would need to turn 32% more votes in 2020 to change state policy. But not everyone votes along party lines. There is no indication how Non-Affiliated (NAV) or Independent voters voted.
To change the direction in state policy, it is imperative we find commonality with NAV voters, and encourage them to vote (only 43% voted in 2018). What makes an NAV is they are all individuals and distinct. There isn’t a “common NAV message” other than they don’t like or care about parties. We all prioritize personal and family safety, and that’s a good place to start considering the rioting and release of prisoners.
It can be done, it has been done, we can make the difference but only if you vote and get others to vote. Launch a personal campaign and make sure family and friends vote. Use the tools we have provided to start conversations to get out the vote.