Get Involved - Increase the Count!
The Ucount4eu campaign is an entirely volunteer-run initiative. The success of the campaign depends on the efforts and goodwill of volunteering individuals and organizations to contribute their time and energy to this important endeavor. There are many ways in which to get involved depending on the time that each person can contribute. Below are some suggestions on areas where your help is needed. For more information on how you can help, feel free to contact us.
Assist our campaign:
- Help ucount4eu to gather country-specific elections information
- Help ucount4eu to translate our materials into the official languages of the European Union
- Help ucount4eu distribute leaflets on the elections and the campaign
- Put a “IF YOU DON’T VOTE – YOU DON’T COUNT!” bug in your email signature so that every email you send reminds people to vote. Click here to download instructions and the ucount4eu logo.
- Put a “IF YOU DON’T VOTE – YOU DON’T COUNT!” bug on your website linking to ucount4eu to remind people to vote. Click here to download instructions and the ucount4eu logo.
- Tell your friends about us
- Write articles about the campaign in publications of universities, civil society organizations, local media, etc.
- Put a newsletter article on your web site, in any agency newsletter or e-news that goes out close to Election Day, encouraging everyone to vote.
- Send us articles
- Write a blog
- Send us links to community based organizations and other non-profits working to get out the vote
- Start a group on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other social networks
- Write and sign petitions
- Write letters, emails, faxes to MEPs and to the Parliament
- Organize and make public speeches to mobilize activity
Encourage and Mobilize:
- Make sure you are registered to vote in your country and encourage your friends to do the same.
- Find out where you are supposed to vote
- Find out who are your candidates and what are their campaign policies.
- If out of country, find out how to vote by absentee ballot
- Contribute time to community and non-profit organizations working to get out the vote
- Set up coalitions with other groups for efficiency
- Car pool to the polls with co-workers, board member, volunteers, or clients who live in your area—on your way to work, on a morning break, on your lunch hour, or after work. Make it fun and social!
- Talk to the people you work with about the importance of voting.
- Send emails to your staff, members, consumers or clients, board, and volunteers encouraging them to vote.
- Make a VOTE TODAY! sign and place it in your main lobby and other common areas on Election Day with information about polling places and registration.
- Include a IF YOU DON’T VOTE – YOU DON’T COUNT! reminder in the payroll envelopes that go out closest to Election Day.
- Do an “office knock” on the day before Election Day—make the rounds in your offices and remind your colleagues to VOTE!
- New or infrequent voters need multiple reminders to vote in order for the reminders to be effective. Do another “office knock” on Election Day—make the rounds one more time and remind your colleagues to VOTE TODAY.
- Include a IF YOU DON’T VOTE – YOU DON’T COUNT! reminder in any group meetings or programs that your office holds in the month leading up to Election Day including staff and board meetings!)
- Make a IF YOU DON’T VOTE – YOU DON’T COUNT! message on your outdoor marquis or in your agency’s window so that passersby are reminded to vote.