Voting Ambassador’s Guide

Your Vote Matters!

Every election year, important races are decided by the narrowest of margins. Don’t think for a moment that your vote doesn’t matter!

We Are BlockPower

BlockPower is a nonprofit focused on uplifting Black voices by engaging new and infrequent Black voters in the electoral process. Our goal is to increase the number of black voters who participate in the November 2020 election — and beyond.

Definitions

  • Voting Ambassador:
  • Vote Triplers (your neighbors in your neighborhood)
  • Vote Triplee (friends and family of the Vote Triplers)

Getting Started

When you sign in to the BlockPower app, you’ll see a “Vote Triplers” option. Choose that to see a list of possible Vote Triplers who live near you.

  • Make a list of people you know and can ask to be your Vote Triplers
  • Use the “Search” function to look for people you know elsewhere in the state
  • Be safe in the way you talk with your possible Vote Triplers; use the phone, email or texting if you feel it’s unsafe to talk face to face

Tips for Talking with People about Voting

  • Tell them what the BlockPower project is about. BlockPower is a nonprofit working to increase black voter turnout in the November election.
  • Ask what issues matter most to them, such as —
    • Police brutality
    • Social Justice
    • Creating good-paying jobs
    • Expanding affordable health care
    • Say, “Almost every issue you care about is influenced by the people who are voted into office.”
  • Explain what “vote tripling” is — it’s a promise to remind three people they know to vote before Election Day (November 3).
  • Ask them if they’ll agree to be your Vote Tripler by —
    • Telling you the names of three people they’ll remind to vote, and
    • Giving you their cellphone number and birthday so BlockPower can verify that they’ve agreed to be your Vote Tripler.

Voter Health and Safety Suggestions

If you plan to vote in person, consider these suggestions:

  • Wear a mask and make certain your nose is covered
  • Bring hand-sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content and/or disinfectant wipes
  • Bring your own ink pen for sign in
  • Wear gloves or bring a cotton swab for touchscreen voting

Know Your Voting Rights on Election Day:

  • You have the right to vote.
  • You have the right to vote in private, meaning no one should watch you, not even a poll watcher.
  • You have the right to vote in your native language.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
  • If the polls close while you’re still in line, stay in line – you have the right to vote.
  • If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.

If anyone tries to stop you from voting, call or text the National Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

Provisional Ballot

If you get to your polling place and are told that there is a problem with your voter registration (for example, your name is not on the list of registered voters), you may need to ask for a provisional ballot.

  • A provisional ballot lets you vote on Election Day with the possibility that your vote will not count if the registration problem can’t be resolved.
  • Before requesting a provisional ballot, ask the poll worker to double-check the voter list for your name. Ask if there is a supplemental list of voters.
  • Confirm that you are at the correct polling place by asking the poll worker to check for you. If the poll worker does not have access to that information, ask them to call the main election office.
  • If the poll worker can’t help you, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE and ask for the address of your assigned polling place.
  • If you are registered at a different location, you will need to travel to that location to cast a regular ballot. If you can’t do so, ask for a provisional ballot.
  • If the poll worker cannot find your name but you believe you are at the correct polling place, ask for a provisional ballot.

Voter Hotline

If you encounter any issues, including intimidation and harassment, or unusual questions while voting at the polls, call the Election Protection Hotline at one of these numbers:

  • English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683
  • Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
  • Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287
  • Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683