FAQs for Volunteers and Supporters
-Why do all the campaigns keep on asking for donations and volunteers?
Unfortunately, all the campaigns currently in the U.S. have to be organized by candidates themselves personally. There is no other source of support such as public infrastructure, non-profit or governmental funding for them. In order to run the campaigns, candidates normally have to work in their electoral districts, contact voters, setup media channels, put advertisements, etc. Therefore, successful campaigns have to be run by volunteers and donors, and heavily rely on grassroots efforts. This is why elections in America are very labor-intensive, resource draining, and require a great amount of donor and volunteer support.
-Why do volunteers have to make phone calls to voters? Can campaigns just send out automatic messages through computers or machines.
Phone calling or phone banking is one of the ways campaign volunteers can reach out to voters. This is done sometimes by texting or text banking. There are rules and regulations on how voters can be contacted. Automatic texting is not allowed for political campaigns at this point. Otherwise, the system maybe prone to be abused, and voters may receive too many calls or texting which can become a problem. So currently, phone calls and texting are mostly done by volunteers, and people to people contact.
-Who can donate to candidates in their campaign?
US election law requires only citizens and green card holders can donate to campaigns. But you don't have to a citizen or green card holder if you want to volunteer.
-Where can I get yard signs or flyers of xxxx (who and who)? How can I help xxxx (who and who)?
Yard signs and campaign materials are available from the candidate campaign office. Popular candidates such as presidential and congressional candidates, and local candidates have signs and flyers in your local political party offices and civic clubs, such as county Democratic or Republican party offices, Democratic or Republican clubs, etc. You can find these local offices by searching online and on Facebook.
Candidate websites, Facebook, and these local political party or clubs websites or Facebook have links to events and volunteer opportunities. You can contribute and sign up for volunteers directly, or you can also join the CAVA group or other organizations in your local area.
-Can I put the yard signs by the roadside near my house? Or drop off the campaign flyers in my neighbor's mailbox?
There are rules and regulations on how campaign materials can be put out in public, both on media (such as newspaper ads, on social media, etc), physical signs, and flyers.
Yard signs can be put in your yard, without interference with public traffic or walkways. They cannot be put in public thoroughfares or traffic areas. They cannot be put in private properties or business properties unless the owners have approved it.
Post office mailboxes are considered to be restricted areas. Campaign materials cannot be put there manually unless they are being mailed through post offices. But you can put the flyers by the front door of your neighbor's or other people's. That is allowed.
-Can I or my organization put an ads for the candidates on newspapers? What are the rules for that?
Please check with the candidates you want to support, or local political parties to find out more about rules and regulations. In general, there is a dollar amount limit if you put an ads or support the candidate in financial ways. Most likely, you will need to report this back to the candidates as a donation or other means required by election agencies. Always check with the candidates and local political parties if you are not sure.
Non-profit organizations cannot advertise for or donate directly to political candidates. Only political organizations can become directly involved in supporting candidates. Again, if you are not sure, always ask and check first.
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