To misquote Mark Twain: everyone always talks about press releases, nobody does anything about ’em. Well, we’re going to change that. We just sent out a big press release to news folks around town, but really, you’re the most important people we talk to, so here it is for you, in its entirety. Enjoy!
October 14, 2009
For Immediate Release
Trick or Vote – a costumed canvass for equality and a better Washington.
The Washington Bus, Approve Referendum 71, No on 1033 and the Stranger are proud to present Trick or Vote, Washington State’s biggest costumed canvass! On Saturday, October 31st – better known as Halloween – Trick or Vote will put hundreds of costumed volunteers onto the streets of Seattle, knocking on doors and injecting political action into the spookiest holiday of the year.
The idea is simple – mix the best way to get people to vote (telling them to do so, face-to-face) with the best day of the year to knock on a stranger’s door (that would be Halloween). The result is hundreds of young people delivering an effective Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) message to thousands of voters – just days before the general election!
Put it this way: if you’ve never seen Frankenstein and a mermaid talking to voters and making sure they send in their ballots, then you haven’t been to Trick or Vote!
Last year, the Bus organized its first-ever Trick or Vote. Over 300 volunteers turned out and knocked on nearly 7,000 doors in youth-heavy precincts in King County. Due to the unprecedented success of Trick or Vote, the Bus and its national partners were recognized by Politics Magazine with the prestigious Reed Award for Best GOTV Plan and Execution.
This year, the Bus is partnering with the Approve Referendum 71 campaign and the No on 1033 campaign. At 2:00 on Halloween afternoon, Trick or Voters will converge at the Old Rainier Cold Storage in Georgetown (5840 Airport Way S) for a brief training before heading out to all corners of the city to talk to voters about turning in their ballots, voting yes on Referendum 71 and against Initiative 1033.
Following the canvass, Trick or Voters will return to Georgetown for a Halloween party, Bus-style! Candy and costumes? Democracy and a dance party? This is not your typical political event!
The Washington Bus engages tomorrow’s leaders on their own terms, and empowers them through education, civic and cultural engagement, and hands-on democracy. We value an enduring, relevant, and statewide grassroots movement as a vehicle for progressive social, political and policy change.