The time is now. Polls show California's marijuana legalization initiative, Proposition 19, several points in the lead, but with voter turnout in this midterm election year being key -- see our latest report. There are important medical marijuana initiatives in Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota too. Whether you live in one of these states or not, there are ways that you can help:
Voter Registration. If you live in California, Oregon or South Dakota, but are not yet registered to vote, there is still time to register and be able to vote on one of these initiatives. And voting is important wherever you live, not just the initiative states -- see our election coverage archive for a sense of just how much. If you are not yet registered to vote, please visit our online 50-state voter registration tool to print out a form that you can mail or deliver to your election office. California and South Dakota have a registration deadline of October 18th, and Oregon's is October 12th! Please send this link to all your friends too.
Get Out the Vote Phone Calling. StoptheDrugWar.org has partnered with the "Just Say Now" campaign to enable any of our supporters who have telephones to do get out the vote work supporting Prop 19 or the other initiatives. Just take the following steps:
- Click here to sign up. You can use your Facebook or Twitter account, or register with an email address and password.
- Visit the StoptheDrugWar.org group page and click the "join" link in the center of the page.
- Watch the training video. (Video also appears below.)
- Visit the phonebank dashboard page, where you can click through to phone bank for any of those four states (between noon and 11:59pm EST). Select a state. Begin phone calling. (Make sure you've watched the training video.)
- Invite more people to join the effort.
Canvassing. If you live in one of the initiative states or can get there, you may be able to canvas door to door, you can put a sign up in your yard, there are other ways to help. Visit the campaigns' web sites to sign up: Arizona, California, Oregon, South Dakota. If you do canvassing in California, consider doing so as a StoptheDrugWar.org volunteer -- along with the campaign's materials, you would also bring email signup sheets recruiting for both our newsletter and the campaign (downloadable here).
Endorse the Initiative. If you are a prominent individual or a respected member of your community, your endorsement might be useful to the campaign. Please download the Prop 19 campaign's endorsement packet here -- bring it to other people whose names you think might help too. Send the last page of the packet (the endorsement form) to StoptheDrugWar.org's efax number, 1-202-355-0298. (We will forward it to the campaign, but we also want to know if you heard about it from us.) If you don't have access to a fax machine, mail it as soon as possible to the address listed on the form, or use the web page listed on the form to submit your endorsement.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION -- THE TIME IS NOW -- WE ARE ALL CALIFORNIANS!
David Borden, Executive Director
P.O. Box 18402
Washington, DC 20036
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