Here’s How to Get Involved in VCV’s Election Efforts
Last week, we shared our list of 2018 pro-environment legislative candidate endorsements, which you can review by clicking here. You should also check out our updated Environmental Scorecard, which tracks lawmakers’ votes on key environmental bills in 2017-18. Both of these tools will help you make educated decisions as you prepare to vote on Nov. 6.
VCV is currently looking for volunteers to join in our on-the-ground efforts: knocking on doors, making phone calls, sending postcards, and more. There’s a lot to do between now and November 6, so we could really use the extra hands!
Whether or not your district has a close race, you’ll be able to help contribute to our efforts to elect a veto-proof majority in the Vermont House – which will allow us to make critical progress on clean water, climate change, and other priorities.
Sign up to volunteer at http://vermontconservationvoters.com/volunteer/ so we know how & when you’re able to get involved, and please share among your networks as well. Contact VCV’s Community Organizer, Ian Hitchcock, with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend candidate events
Attending candidate events in your area gives you an opportunity to speak directly with folks running for office. Ask candidates how they’re planning to tackle climate change, invest in clean water, reduce Vermonters’ exposure to toxic chemicals, and address other environmental community priorities, if elected.
On our website, we’ve compiled a list of candidate events taking place around the state. Find one near you! Not only are these fun ways to get involved in political discussions; they’re a great way to ensure that environmental issues are part of the dialogue in races across Vermont. Learn more at http://vermontconservationvoters.com/elections/candidate-events-2018/.
Post on Front Porch Forum or write a Letter to the Editor
Consider posting on Front Porch Forum to support your candidates, or write a letter to the editor in your local paper. It’s free, easy, and a big boost for the candidates. We’ve created a sample message to keep it simple.
To find out who your candidates are, use the address feature in our Environmental Scorecard (scroll down). Then, post away, using the below as a template:
Please join me in voting for X for State Representative on Election Day, Tuesday November 6. The health of Vermont’s environment is at risk, and X has plans to protect it.
Our economy depends on clean water, thriving communities, healthy forests, and working lands. X supports policies that will:
- Help low- and middle-income Vermonters transition to cleaner, more affordable energy sources
- Make corporate polluters — not victims or taxpayers — pay for any harm they cause
- Help our farmers, small businesses, and communities invest in cleaning up and protecting our waters
Your vote for X for State Representative can help ensure a brighter future for us all! Don’t forget to vote on November 6, and visit mvp.sec.state.vt.us for info on early voting.
Watch and Share our Facebook Ads
We have Facebook ads up for the following candidates for State Representative. If you support their candidacy, consider sharing:
Marina Meerburg – LAM-1 – Stowe
John O’Brien – WDR-ORA-1 – Tunbridge, Royalton
Don’t forget: Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. We hope you’ll get involved, if you’re not already, in helping us elect pro-environment candidates in Vermont.
We can’t thank you enough for your support!