BlockPower and Black Power
BlockPower is a nonprofit that developed this Voting Ambassador program to help increase voter turnout — and political power — in the Black community. With the election just 17 days away, this is the perfect time for Voting Ambassadors to talk with their friends, neighbors and family members about the importance of voting. You can make a difference — and make money, too!
What Voting Ambassadors Do
Voting Ambassadors have two tasks:
- Signing up people you know as Vote Triplers — that is, people who promise you they’ll remind three of their friends to vote in the upcoming election.
- Encouraging your Vote Triplers to become Voting Ambassadors like you, and then helping them find Vote Triplers of their own.
Every time you do either of those things, you’ll be helping four more people vote in this important election — and you’ll earn $25!
Looking for Vote Triplers
When you sign in to the BlockPower app, you’ll see a “Vote Triplers” option. Select that to see a list of possible Vote Triplers who live near you. This list doesn’t include everyone in your neighborhood. BlockPower uses public voting records to create a list of people who aren’t regular voters and need a friendly reminder. If you don’t see family members or neighbors on your list, it’s probably because they don’t need to be reminded to vote — they vote in most elections already.
If you don’t see many people you know on the list, use the Search tool to look for people you know elsewhere in the state. Try searching for the names of Facebook friends, work colleagues, people you know from church or other social functions, etc. Don’t give up — there are millions of people in our voter database.
Talking with People about Voting
There’s no one “right way” to talk with people about voting, or to ask them to be a Vote Tripler. We hope your Vote Tripler list will include people you know and are already comfortable talking with. Check out this example of Vince recruiting his friend LeRoy to be a Vote Tripler.
For many Voting Ambassadors, however, voting is more than doing a friend “a favor.” If you’re someone who feels that voting matters, you won’t have any trouble talking with your friends about why this election is so important.
If you’d like to hear some inspirational words about the history of the Black vote and the importance of voting, watch this excerpt from former President Obama’s eulogy of Congressman John Lewis two months ago:
Vote-Tripling Tips & Tricks
- First and foremost, 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
- Tell them about BlockPower’s mission to increase Black voter turnout in the November election and why you got involved.
- Ask what issues matter most to them — police brutality, social Justice, better jobs, better healthcare, etc.— and say, “Every issue you care about is controlled by the people we vote into office so we need to VOTE!”
- Explain what “vote tripling” is — it’s a promise to remind three people they know to vote before Election Day on 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 phone number and birth month so BlockPower can verify that they’ve agreed to be your Vote Tripler.
Go to the “Payments” section of the BlockPower app to connect your bank account for secure bank-to-bank transfers of your earnings. If you don’t have a bank account, you may open a free Chime account in about five minutes and connect that account.
Keep these things in mind:
- Bank transfers take two to four business days to complete, not including holidays and weekends. These are bank rules; there’s nothing BlockPower can do to speed this up.
- You may not be able to connect your bank account if you register with BlockPower under a different name than your bank account.
- BlockPower will try to confirm that your Vote Triplers are real people who promised to remind three friends to vote. If we are unable to confirm this, we may put a temporary hold on your payments until you provide verification.
For more detailed information on these and other topics, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
If you have questions that we didn’t answer here or in the FAQs, please submit them here. We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can!