Suggestion #1: Help Us Make Sure Voters Know There is a Primary on May 21, and Who The Candidates Are
Many voters do not live politics day to day, and may not know there is a Primary Election coming up. Others, who are aware of this fact, may not know who is running.
As we've said before, the school board primary includes Republican candidates cross-filed onto the Democratic ballot. An uninformed Democratic voter could easily vote for one or more by mistake, and help deny true Democratic candidates their places on the ballot for the General election in November.
The only sure way to ensure we get the votes we need to secure the places of the endorsed Democratic candidates on the ballot in November is to make sure people know who they are. The best way to communicate that information is directly. That means going door to door, reaching out to Democratic Voters, and telling them about the candidates and the need to vote for them on May 21st.
We're going door to door this weekend: will you join us?
The gathering place this and every Saturday is Peggy Leiby's barn at 524 Cedar Hill Road. We will provide current Walk Sheets, Clipboards, and Palm Cards, and any training required if you have not done this sort of thing before. We will meet at 10am to pick up materials, which may be returned at any time during the weekend to the provided drop-box.
Nothing is as effective as door to door outreach. As little as an hour can make a big difference in a Primary vote total.
Will you help us make a difference by telling Primary voters about our candidates on Saturday?
Suggestion #2: Display a Lawn Sign
Often as we interact with people in Horsham, they will say things like "Oh, you're a Democrat! There AREN'T a lot of us, are there?"
Thing is, there ARE a lot of Democrats in Horsham. Horsham returned President Obama when he first ran, and Hilary Clinton when she opposed Donald Trump. In the election just last fall we elected (now) State Senator Maria Collett in almost every precinct.
There are plenty of Democrats in Horsham, but people are not aware of this because there is a lack of obvious social proof. What is social proof? Simply, when people openly and visibly support something, it signals to their neighbors it is OK for them to do it as well. Public support by people you know is a social proof the thing they are supporting is OK.
In elections, lawn signs are the most simple and obvious social proof there is. By putting a literal sign on your lawn with a candidates name on it, you are providing a social proof to those around you that it is OK to support that candidate, and by extension their political party as well.
We are hopeful that in this election many people will vote for our candidates, and that they will win. This will be made much easier if there is more social proof of the community support for them. If signs are a measure of that support, the more signs on people's lawns, the easier it will be for our candidates to win.
These are the lawn signs we will be using for our candidates this year. Will you help us provide social proof of our support for our candidates, and help us show just how many of us there really are, by placing one on your lawn today?
Request a sign by clicking below and filling out the request form.
We will contact you and arrange for a time for your sign(s) to be delivered to your home.
Suggestion #3: Volunteer at the Polls on Election Day
We're going to knock on every door we can between now and May 21st, and people will still show up at the polls and not know where they should go to vote, or who the Democratic candidates are. What can we do about that?
At every Polling place, during Election day, we ask people to serve as 'Greeters'. What does a greeter do? Just what it sounds like: Greet voters, answer any questions they may have, and ensure they know who the endorsed Democratic candidates are who they should vote for.
There are 14 polling places in Horsham, and they are open from 7am -8PM. Covering that many places for that long is difficult. Typically we divide the day up into shifts and ask people to volunteer for one or more time slots, during times of day that work with their individual schedules.
For instance, there is a polling place at Keith Valley Middle School. We would like to have two people there at all times, but it is not reasonable to expect anyone to volunteer to be there from 7AM to 8PM. Instead, we assign shifts, 7AM - 10AM, 10AM - 1PM, 1PM -4PM, and 4PM - 7PM . Having shifts allows volunteers to schedule a part of their day for this important task, while leaving time for other things.
To schedule volunteers to perform this important task, there is a signup genius (of course there is :-)). Please go there now and sign up for a shift as a volunteer greeter and hep us ensure that voters know who to vote for on Primary Day!
Suggestion #4: Make a Donation
If for some reason you cannot participate in our activities, you can still support the Horsham Democratic Committee in our efforts to elect Democratic Candidates. Elections are costly and even a small contribution can make a big difference. Please make a donation today to support our candidates and our efforts to elect them.
Meet the Candidates
These are the local candidates running in the election this year:
Hatboro-Horsham School Board:
Horsham Dems 2019 Meeting Schedule
Horsham Democratic Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Our agenda includes presentations by candidates for public office, updates by elected officials, and practical information for committee members and guests. Our 2019 meeting schedule is as follows:
May 21st (also Primary Election day, so this may turn into an after-party, stay tuned!)
November 19th - This will be a post-election Celebration and Volunteer Appreciation event
All of our regular meetings are hosted at the Yuong Sang Presbyterian Church on Witmer Road in Horsham, beginning at 7PM. You can find our complete event listing on Facebook here.