Get Out And VOTE!
On behalf of the 41st Grand Basileus, Brother Dr. David Marion, the following message is submitted in support of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and its Voter Registration and Education Program. We are 6 days away from the midterm elections on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 and on our final GOTV push. We must answer the call working to increase voter turnout through get-out-the-vote efforts, focusing on voter education and voter mobilization leading up to and on Election Day. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has an opportunity to be epic, to have a national impact on the individuals we choose to represent our ideals, vision, and way of life.
This is our “Call to Action”
Brothers, Chapters, and Districts are asked to VOTE in groups on November 6 at 6:00pm within your respective time zones across this nation. We are asking that you proudly wear your colors representing our great Fraternity. Please use this as an opportunity to show our solidarity as an organization that has a history of standing in the gap in support of civil rights, equality, and justice for all. Take the time to capture the moment and take pictures to post upon the Fraternity’s website and social media outlets.
Let us mobilize our undergraduates on all campuses, educate voters on how to prepare and vote on Election day, and encourage all voting-aged members of the community to vote and help them get to the polls. This is the time of urgency, one that compels us to leverage our power as African American and college-educated men. We must lead get-out-the-vote efforts to increase voter participation and ensure that all voices be heard. We must answer this call and put our BOOTS ON THE GROUND, get FIRED UP & VOTE!
Ways to Increase Voter Turnout:
• Inform Community Members of what they can expect at their polling place.
• Continue to distribute pamphlets highlighting and identifying the key issues in your state.
Ways to Increase Voter Turnout:
• Absentee Ballot Parties: Undergraduates and graduate chapter should inform the community how to complete an absentee ballot or how to complete an application to request an absentee ballot. Provide snacks, music, and a lively atmosphere during the gathering. When all ballots and applications are completed, have all gathered walk or drive to the nearest post office/mailbox and mail all ballots in together.
• “Party at the Polls”: A group of brothers and/or community members can meet for coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and share a meal, but either before or after the meal is shared, all gathered should agree to go together and vote at the same polling place.
• “Stroll to the Polls”: Undergraduate brothers can/should partner with other Greek organizations on campus and “stroll” to the polls.
• Voter Canvassing: Chapters are encouraged to join forces with local organizations and participate in door-to-door canvassing, especially in low voter turnout areas.
• “Souls to the Polls”: Chapters should join with the local NAACP branch, Pan-Hellenic Council, churches, or other organizations and participate in a Souls to the Polls initiative.
• Lyft: The Ride to Vote: Working in conjunction with Nonprofit Vote, TurboVote and Vote. Org, Lyft will give away 50% off promo codes. Underserved communities will receive free rides from Lyft through partnerships with Voto Latino, local Urban Leagues, and National Federation for the Blind. Chapters are encouraged to share this information with members of the community and also to help elderly voters in the community utilize this tool.
Brother Kenneth Rodgers
Chairman, Community & Civic Affairs Committee