How do I put this?  My brain is mush today.  So Joe Mirabella at Examiner has kindly donated this post and saved me from reinventing the wheel.  I did add pictures though…  –Lurleen


There are several ways for the community to get involved with the Approve Referendum 71 campaign to keep domestic partnerships. With only a few days before ballots start to arrive, everyone should be pitching in. Expect your ballot on or around October 16.

The most important thing right now is direct voter contact. The campaign has set up tools for you to call voters from the comfort of your own home. No, phone banking is not sexy. It is does not make the news the next day. However, phone banking does remind people to vote — particularly people who are likely to support the domestic partnership law. The campaign needs phone bankers every day. Sign up to be a phone bank super star today.  Don’t let Joe fool you – phone banking is fun and rewarding.  Remember this story? -Lurleen

Another great way to make contact with voters is by canvasing and door knocking.  A major canvasing event is scheduled in Seattle for this weekend, October 17 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. People are invited to meet at the Equal Rights Washington offices on 7th and Columbia to be assigned to a neighborhood. Tacoma also has a canvasing event planned on Saturday from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. The campaign set up tools for anyone in the state to organize a get out the vote activity. You can download materials at http://approvereferendum71.org/spread-the-word to pass out at farmer’s markets, or in your neighborhoods.

Visibility is a great way to show your support for the campaign. Seattle Gay News has printed thousands of approve 71 posters. If you are not in Seattle you can also use the logos on the approve 71 website to make a yard sign or print a poster to put in your window or yard. There is still time to order materials via cafe press as well http://www.cafepress.com/approve71

E-mailing your friends is very effective. You need to remind them to vote, and to vote approve on Referendum 71. You should also encourage them to vote early. Procrastination is our enemy in this campaign. Ballots could easily get lost in our bills that pile up and be forgotten. We need every vote to win.

I know our community loves to have parties. You can host a voting party. Invite your friends to bring their ballots. Buy a book of stamps. Everyone votes and stamps their envelope. Then march them down to the mailbox together. Cheer and get everyone excited about participating in their civic duty.

You can also contribute financially to the campaign so they can educate voters via television ads, radio ads, mailings, digital, and print advertising.  Every dollar goes a long ways.

These are just a couple of ideas. I’m sure you have some of your own, but the key is to do something to reach out to voters. This is not the kind of campaign where you should wait for someone else to do the heavy lifting for you. It is your responsibility to participate.

For more info: http://www.approve71.org

http://fusewashington.org/page…

Post-script: I heard two people brilliantly weave domestic partnerships or the Approve Referendum 71 message into seemingly unrelated conversations this week.  The first was a woman calling into a finances show on the radio, and phrased her question to make it clear that it concerned both she and her domestic partner.  The second was also on the radio, where a family made a pledge during KUOW’s pledge drive and had the announcers read the statement that they were renewing their membership to the station because the station has covered the Approve Referendum 71 story so well. –LurleenAnd don’t forget to donate to help keep this wonderful ad on the air!

Jane: Pete-e and I have been together for 32 years.  We were both in nursing, and Pete-e served in the Korean War.  

We raised a daughter together, and she and her husband have given us two beautiful grandchildren.  

Now that we are getting older, we need to be able to take care of each other, especially if one of us is ill.

Voiceover: Don’t take away protections for committed couples like family medical leave or extending health insurance coverage to a partner.  Vote to approve Referendum 71.

Jane: For all Washington families.

Voiceover: Paid for by Washington Families Standing Together.

How do I put this?  My brain is mush today.  So Joe Mirabella at Examiner has kindly donated this post and saved me from reinventing the wheel.  I did add pictures though…  –Lurleen


There are several ways for the community to get involved with the Approve Referendum 71 campaign to keep domestic partnerships. With only a few days before ballots start to arrive, everyone should be pitching in. Expect your ballot on or around October 16.

The most important thing right now is direct voter contact. The campaign has set up tools for you to call voters from the comfort of your own home. No, phone banking is not sexy. It is does not make the news the next day. However, phone banking does remind people to vote — particularly people who are likely to support the domestic partnership law. The campaign needs phone bankers every day. Sign up to be a phone bank super star today.  Don’t let Joe fool you – phone banking is fun and rewarding.  Remember this story? -Lurleen

Another great way to make contact with voters is by canvasing and door knocking.  A major canvasing event is scheduled in Seattle for this weekend, October 17 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. People are invited to meet at the Equal Rights Washington offices on 7th and Columbia to be assigned to a neighborhood. Tacoma also has a canvasing event planned on Saturday from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. The campaign set up tools for anyone in the state to organize a get out the vote activity. You can download materials at http://approvereferendum71.org/spread-the-word to pass out at farmer’s markets, or in your neighborhoods.

Visibility is a great way to show your support for the campaign. Seattle Gay News has printed thousands of approve 71 posters. If you are not in Seattle you can also use the logos on the approve 71 website to make a yard sign or print a poster to put in your window or yard. There is still time to order materials via cafe press as well http://www.cafepress.com/approve71

E-mailing your friends is very effective. You need to remind them to vote, and to vote approve on Referendum 71. You should also encourage them to vote early. Procrastination is our enemy in this campaign. Ballots could easily get lost in our bills that pile up and be forgotten. We need every vote to win.

I know our community loves to have parties. You can host a voting party. Invite your friends to bring their ballots. Buy a book of stamps. Everyone votes and stamps their envelope. Then march them down to the mailbox together. Cheer and get everyone excited about participating in their civic duty.

You can also contribute financially to the campaign so they can educate voters via television ads, radio ads, mailings, digital, and print advertising.  Every dollar goes a long ways.

These are just a couple of ideas. I’m sure you have some of your own, but the key is to do something to reach out to voters. This is not the kind of campaign where you should wait for someone else to do the heavy lifting for you. It is your responsibility to participate.

For more info: http://www.approve71.org

http://fusewashington.org/page…

Post-script: I heard two people brilliantly weave domestic partnerships or the Approve Referendum 71 message into seemingly unrelated conversations this week.  The first was a woman calling into a finances show on the radio, and phrased her question to make it clear that it concerned both she and her domestic partner.  The second was also on the radio, where a family made a pledge during KUOW’s pledge drive and had the announcers read the statement that they were renewing their membership to the station because the station has covered the Approve Referendum 71 story so well. –Lurleen (more…)

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