Post submitted by Alec Thomson, HRC Regional Field Organizer
Last week, HRC members and supporters came together in Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Orlando to plan voter mobilization efforts ahead of November’s election. Meeting participants strategized around building HRC’s volunteer base in their state and brainstormed ideas for supporting endorsed candidates in the weeks leading up to the election. These planning sessions were part of HRC’s unprecedented effort to mobilize pro-equality voters in key races up and down the ballot. HRC members nationwide are committed to this effort and to turning out the pro-equality vote in November.
In HRC’s western region, volunteers came together in Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix to learn about HRC’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president and the candidates HRC has endorsed in their respective state’s for U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Since all of these cities are in critical battleground states, the volunteers developed unique plans for strategic voter mobilization efforts.
In Philadelphia, the momentum of the Democratic National Convention carried into a lively meeting of local leaders to talk about mobilizing Philly’s pro-equality vote. Conversations centered around local energy for the election and plans for best utilizing that energy.
As advocates gathered in Orlando for a planning meeting last week, the memory of the tragedy at Pulse nightclub still weighed on everyone's mind. Local advocates was the outpouring of of support for LGBTQ people in the days after the attack on our community. The team brainstormed ideas to tap allies to get them to vote for pro-equality candidates. The spirit behind #OrlandoUnited and #OrlandoStrong can be a rallying cry for Florida voters which will be critical in a battleground state.
In Atlanta, dozens of HRC leaders and community activists gathered to discuss strategies for turning Georgia blue in the upcoming election. Recent polls show that Georgia has the potential to be a competitive battleground state in the November elections and pro-equality voters could make a real difference in the outcome. With a diverse and growing electorate, Georgia leaders are set to mobilize voters for pro-equality candidates. The workshop laid the groundwork for a powerful shift that may turn a historically red state like Georgia blue.
At HRC we know that elections matter. The stakes have never been higher for the LGBTQ community than this election - that's why HRC has aggressive plans to mobilize our members and supporters this fall and there is an important role for you in our effort. Click here to learn more about upcoming workshops in cities across the country.
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