Frequently Asked Questions

What do we say to the people we call?
Where do we get the phone lists?
No one is organizing this near me. How can I get it started?
What would coordinating entail?
Can I just try it once instead of every week?
What's a "swing state"?
I live in a swing state. Can I do something besides make phone calls?
I'm a college student. What can I do?
Come on. Is Bush really so bad?

What do we say to the people we call?
Democracy in the Park provides full scripts as well as lists of people to call. We make different types of calls at different times; recently, we have been asking voters which issues are most important to them and which candidate they are supporting, so that we can follow up and make sure the right people get to the polls in November.

Where do we get the phone lists?
We use lists of registered voters supplied by national progressive organizations like America Coming Together, which are leading the charge on the ground in swing states.

No one is organizing this yet near me. How can I get it started?
Just sign up here to get started in your neighborhood.

What would coordinating entail?
If you can find your way to this spot on our web site, you're certainly capable of coordinating. Once you sign up you'll receive a password to the for organizers section, which has detailed instructions. To summarize: you would have to print the phone lists and scripts off our web site, advertise the event and convince your friends to come, hold their hand as they make the phone calls, and send the information off afterwards to the organizations working on the ground in swing states. Word of your deeds will travel through the generations, and you might make some new friends.

Can I just try it once instead of every week?
Sure; just sign up here to get started. It would be great if you could do it every week, but you can just try it once to see if it works well. We recommend involving a few friends or other folks who are interested, so that you can work together and share the responsibility.

What's a "swing state"?
Out of the 50 states with a say in the election, only 17 of them are still considered undecided. The people in those states will end up choosing the next president. Many of these states are going to be too close to call until the election itself, which is why our phone calls can make all the difference in the end. Click here for a list of swing states.

I live in a swing state. Can I do something besides make phone calls?
Certainly. People who live in these important states can also go door-to-door and talk to voters in person, which is valuable work. Sign up to volunteer with America Coming Together.

I'm a college student. What can I do?
Students can make these important phone calls from their campuses. People who are interested should contact our partner organization, Democracy on the Quad.

Come on. Is Bush really so bad?
No, I suppose not. We'd probably be better off spending our time another way. Anyone want a beer?


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