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Indivisible Illinois VBM Social Media Toolkit

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Table of Contents


Background🔝

The goal of the VBM Taskforce is to ensure that voting is safe, secure and accessible in November and beyond for all voters.  Our tagline is #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS.

We will accomplish this by working with Election Authorities such as the Election Clerks and Directors of Elections to effectively implement the expanded VBM statewide legislation.  

        

Here’s how:

  1. We have been asked by Election Authorities to apply for our VBM ballots as soon as possible and preferable online.  I’ve requested mine.  I encourage you to do the same.
  2. We have also been asked by Election Authorities to use social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to spread the word to our networks to request our applications now.  Email works too!
  3. Election Authorities want our help in encouraging voters who have relocated in recent months on the need to update their registrations at the State Board of Elections' online registration system. Link 

Messaging:  


Events🔝

LAST Twitterstorm: Wednesday, October 28 from noon to 2pm CT

Storm Day

Message Goal

10/28

Early Voting & Election Day, Fair Tax

11/4

Potential - Day After Election: “calm” folks if results not out yet



Graphics🔝

Please include a graphic/video in your social media posts!

ALL VBM Graphics: CLICK HERE
        
TODAY’S Graphics: CLICK HERE

        

Video: bit.ly/VirusFreeVotingVideo  (90-second nationally focused compilation video



Chicago Votes and Just Democracy

These organizations have put together really great resources to share regarding elections and FAQs, mainly for Chicago but most information is applicable to the entire state! Check out:

drive.google.com/drive/folders/1d2Vz01bzWTXwrszD3lqk0woVjinuNO5D .


Hashtags🔝

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

        Must be used in every tweet to track results

#twill

#NovemberIsComing

#Election2020

#VoteSafe 

#VoteByMail

#VoteEarly
#PlanYourVote
#VoteReady


Twitter🔝

MORE SAMPLE TWEETS: bit.ly/VBM-SampleTweets 

Detailed info about VBM: virusfreevotingillinois.org

Early Voting/Election Day & Fair Tax

DOWNLOAD GRAPHICS: CLICK HERE

Early voting season has started. Illinois voters may go to their local election office during normal business hours to cast an in person early vote. Find your early voting site here: Virusfreevotingillinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS #VoteEarly

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Hesitant to fill out your ballot? Just not sure what to expect? Discover what is on your ballot. Check out ballotready.org 

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS #VoteEarly #PlanYourVote

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Voting is your superpower. Use it! VOTE EARLY. Find your early voting location using @IndivisibleIL  Virusfreevotingillinois.org guide. #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS #VoteEarly #twill @IndivisibleTeam

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“You’ve got to vote, vote, vote, vote. That’s it; that’s the way we move forward.” @MichelleObama #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS #VoteEarly #PlanYourVote

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“Casting a ballot isn't just something you do for yourself — it's for our collective future.” @Oprah

 #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS #VoteEarly #PlanYourVote #twill

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“Our nation is asking to hear your voice because November is coming and so is your choice. Do not throw away your shot.” @Lin_Manuel #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS #VoteEarly #PlanYourVote #twill

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What is your voting plan?

Check out Virusfreevotingillinois.org & get answers to all your voting questions!

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS #VoteEarly #PlanYourVote #twill

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Need to make a plan to cast YOUR vote? Everything you need is at VirusFreeVotingIllinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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I know we're all exhausted. But this is it, it's go time.

Vote.

Become a poll worker.

Get your friends to do the same.

VirusFreeVotingIllinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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Everyone in Chicago can use any early polling place. Click here to find the one that's most convenient for you.

www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/early-voting-opens-in-all-50-wards-in-chicago-heres-a-full-list-of-locations/2353723/ They're all open 7 days/wk, from now through Election Day.

VirusFreeVotingIllinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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In Illinois, no one needs an "excuse" to vote by mail - because voting is a right!

Make your plan to vote now: VirusFreeVotingIllinois.org #VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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Don't let anyone confuse you. #VoteByMail is secure, tried & tested. There are checks & balances in place and voters in most states can track the status of their ballot online. If you have your ballot, go drop it off at a secure drop box NOW! Visit virusfreevotingillinois.org to check the locations and dates.
#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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Have you voted yet???

If not, make your plan NOW. Start here: VirusFreeVotingIllinois.org

There are in-person polling places now open all over the city.

You have options, but you don't have time to wait!

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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This enthusiasm to vote is awesome.

But if you don't have hours to stand in line, you can STILL order a mail-in ballot in Illinois.

But you gotta do it asap.

Start here: VirusFreeVotingIllinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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If you don't have your voting plan figured out yet, you've still got OPTIONS.

You can also vote safely in person all over the city, 7 days/wk.

The only thing you CAN'T do is wait.

VirusFreeVotingIllinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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In Chicago, there's one *outdoor* dropbox, at 69 W Washington. It's available 24/7 through Election Day.

But there are FIFTY dropboxes inside of early polling places - one in every ward, open 7 days/wk.

Find out more: VirusFreeVotingIllinois.org #VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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Democracy is a verb.

If you don't vote you can't complain.

VOTE!

virusfreevotingillinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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Your vote is secret. No one, not even election officials, can see who you vote for. Your vote is safe and secure -- however you choose to #BeAVoter. Have any questions or issues voting? Contact 866-OUR-VOTE.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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What's your voting plan?

Find out more: virusfreevotingillinois.org

Early polling places are now open everywhere in the state, 7 days/wk now through Election Day.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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What’s your vote plan? Are you registered to vote? Do you have questions about in person voting or #VoteByMail? Head to vote.org to ensure you are #VoteReady. 📞866-OUR-VOTE for nonpartisan help if you have questions.
#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

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The right to #vote

is how we determine the future for our families, communities& country.Stronger as a nation when more people participate in our #democracy.You have a plan to vote & make your voice heard?V Get #VoteReady

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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Voting in person?

- Confirm the hours for your polling place.

- Show up early and save time.

And wear a mask - observe social distancing!

Check out http://virusfreevotingillinois.org 

#VotePlanReady #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

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Who's voted already? Tell me your voting story!

This is the biggest election of our lives - make it memorable!

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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You’re more likely to vote if you have a plan.

How are you voting? (In person? Early?)

Where? (Know the address?)

What do you need to bring? (Snacks? A chair?)

If you need help making YOUR plan, go to virusfreevotingillinois.org now!

Get #VotePlanReady

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

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This is the most important election of our lives. Voting is CRITICAL, but not the only thing you need to do: Become a poll worker or poll observer. Help get out the vote.

Any questions? Check out virusfreevotingillinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

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Don't delay returning your mail ballot. Studies have shown that returning your ballot ASAP is the #1 thing you can do to make sure it's counted properly. #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

Got Q's? Check out the @IndivisibleIllinois website for more info virusfreevotingillinois.org

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Have you already voted by mail? Encourage others to do the same!

Take a video of you privately completing your ballot and then placing it in a secure dropbox. #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

For questions about how to vote safely & securely in IL:

virusfreevotingillinois.org

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Who's voting early in Chicago? Tell me one part of your plan:

• How are you getting there?

• Are you bringing snacks? A folding chair?

• Are you voting with others?

• Have a book, playlist, video for while you wait?

virusfreevotingillinois.org #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

 

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We all want our ballot counted. But don't fall for the latest lie that if a poll worker writes on your ballot, it invalidates it.

The truth: judges in IL are asked to initial every ballot as part of the election security process.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

snopes.com/fact-check/poll-workers-ballots-invalidated/

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There's a lie going around that a stray mark on your ballot will invalidate it. This isn't true!

If your ballot won't scan, the judge will spoil it & give you a new ballot.

If it's a mail-in ballot, you'll be notified & given 14 days to fix it.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

Basis for these tweets (just for information, not to be included in the text of the tweet): snopes.com/fact-check/poll-workers-ballots-invalidated/

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Voting by mail never exposes your personal information to creditors, law enforcement, the CDC or anyone else - even though new robocalls to IL voters say the opposite.

Read the statement from IL Atty General Kwame Raoul:

illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2020_09/20200903.html

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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Voting by mail is secure and confidential, and it's the best safeguard against COVID-19 exposure. Voters should disregard any robocalls that say the opposite.

Read the statement from IL Atty Gen Kwame Raoul:

illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2020_09/20200903.html

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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It's safe & secure to vote in IL - both by mail and at early polling places.

But if you think you've experienced fraud, call the Consumer Fraud Hotline:

800-386-5438 (Chicago)

800-243-0618 (Springfield)

Or contact the IL Board of Elections: 217-782-4141

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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Privacy is critical with vote by mail ballots in IL. That's why nothing on the outside of the envelope says whether you're Democrat or Republican - despite some of the disinformation that says otherwise.

Voting by mail in IL is safe & secure!

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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Everyone in Chicago can use any early polling place. Click below to find the one that's most convenient for you.

They're all open 7 days/wk, from now through Election Day.

VirusFreeVotingIllinois.org 

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/early-voting-opens-in-all-50-wards-in-chicago-heres-a-full-list-of-locations/2353723/

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I know we're all exhausted. But this is it, it's go time.

Vote.
Volunteer.

And get your friends to do the same.

virusFreeVotingIllinois.org 

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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Standing in a 6-hr line to vote might give you a good story to tell your grandkids, but it sure does put a crimp in your day!

Avoid lines (& stay safe) by voting by mail!  It's not too late to order a mail-in ballot.

Start here: VirusFreeVotingIllinois.org 

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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Need to make a plan to cast YOUR vote? Everything you need is at VirusFreeVotingIllinois.org 

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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What is your voting plan?

Check out virusfreevotingillinois.org & get answers to all your voting questions!

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS #VoteEarly

#PlanYourVote

#twill

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Don't delay returning your mail ballot. Studies have shown that returning your ballot ASAP, eases the processing and helps expedite the processing.  #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

Any questions? Check out the @IndivisibleIllinois website for more information virusfreevotingillinois.org

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The upcoming election will be incredibly important. It's not only important to complete and send your ballot ASAP, but to further participate. Become a poll worker, poll observer or help get out the vote.

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS. Any questions? Check out virusfreevotingillinois.org

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You’re more likely to vote if you have a plan.

Knowing how and when you’re voting, and what

you need to bring with you, makes voting easy.

Today, we’re helping you make a plan to vote! Go to virusfreevotingillinois.org right NOW! And get #VotePlanReady

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

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#VotePlanReady = flexibility, shorter lines, managing your own schedule, allowing for safer social distancing, and reducing crowds.

A win-win for you, your loved ones, and your community.

Make your plan TODAY at virusfreevotingillinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

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Voting in person? Confirm the hours for your polling place. If you get to your polling place late in the day, lines might be longer. Show up early and save time #VotePlanReady virusfreevotingillinois.org #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

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Whether you’re #VoteByMail (get to that dropbox!) #VoteEarly or on #ElectionDay , make sure you’ve got your plan down!
Make your plan TODAY at virusfreevotingillinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

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Voting in person? Confirm the hours for your polling place. If you get there later, lines might be longer. Show up early, save time, and don’t plan to vote after work if it closes early. #VotePlanReady

Make yours TODAY at virusfreevotingillinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

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Planning on #EarlyVoting or on #ElectionDay ? If you are in line by the time the polls close, you can still vote. Voting is a right, and you have the right to stay in line! #VotePlanReady
Make your plan TODAY at virusfreevotingillinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

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“What does it mean to be #VoteReady?”

Great question! Get started by:

Checking registration

Making a plan to vote

And having your network do the same.

Find everything you need to vote at virusfreevotingillinois.org 

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

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Secure Drop Boxes

Got your #VoteByMail ballot? Tips:

Read the instructions (may vary)

Carefully fill it out

Sign where indicated

Insert into the envelope(s)

Seal it (no tape!)

Any questions? Contact your local election authority, find their info at virusfreevotingillinois.org

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

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Encourage other voters to request the mail ballots!

Take a video of you privately completing your ballot and then placing it in a secure drop box. #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

If you have any voting questions, check our ad free website virusfreevotingillinois.org

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You have options in returning your ballot.  We suggest that you use a secure dropbox or drop it off at your election official's office.  #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS. Any questions? Check out the @IndivisibleIllinois website for more information virusfreevotingillinois.org.

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New Suburban Polling Places + Dropboxes at Libraries

Ready to vote early? The entire state of Illinois now has locations open. Here are all the locations for suburban Cook County.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/early-voting-locations 

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Union Station is now a polling place!

• Suburban voters: you can cast an in-person ballot or drop off your sealed mail-in ballot.

• Chicago voters: you can only drop off a sealed mail-in ballot.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

https://chicago.suntimes.com/elections/2020/10/19/21523451/election-2020-early-voting-union-station-chicago-cook-county-mail-in-ballots

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Are you a commuter or employee who uses Union Station? You can now vote there!

• Suburban voters: cast an in-person ballot or drop off your sealed mail-in ballot.

• Chicago voters: you can only drop off a mail-in ballot.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/10/19/voting-super-site-for-suburban-cook-county-to-open-at-union-station/ 

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Suburban Chicago voters: Union Station is now a polling place for you! You can vote in person or drop off your mail-in ballot.

Chicago voters, you can also use the supersite's dropbox to return your mail-in ballot.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

https://abc7chicago.com/vote-illinois-register-to-early-voting-il/7152027/ 

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26 Chicago Public Libraries now have ballot dropboxes!

There are also still ballot boxes at every early polling place.

See the article for a full list of locations you can drop off your sealed mail-in ballot.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

https://www.chipublib.org/news/early-voting-begins-october-1-find-locations-hours/ 

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Chicago is making it easier and easier to vote. They've now added dropboxes at 26 public libraries. See the article for locations.

These libraries also have Board of Elections staff to answer all your voting questions.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

https://www.chipublib.org/news/early-voting-begins-october-1-find-locations-hours/ 

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Village Halls all over Suburban Chicago are now open: Arlington Heights, Barrington Hills, Elk Grove Village, Glenview, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect, Niles, Northbrook, Streamwood, Pk Ridge & Palatine.

Click for the full list.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20201007/suburban-cook-county-early-voting-starts-today-at-courthouses 

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Fair Tax

Vote YES for the Fair Tax Amendment - it will help our economy thrive by getting the wealthiest Illinoisans to pay their fair share. It will NOT tax our retirement income!

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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The old way of taxing income in IL is unfair and inadequate. We can fix it. Get the facts on #FairTaxNow and learn how you can help:yesforfairtax.org #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS www.virusfreevotingillinois.org 

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Illinois’ tax system is unfair. Together, we can fix it. Join me in voting YES for #FairTaxNow- yesforfairtax.org

#VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS www.virusfreevotingillinois.org 

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The Fair Tax will lift the burden from the middle class and those struggling to get there: 97% of taxpayers will get a tax cut or pay no more than they do now. Find out more- yesforfairtax.org #FairTaxNow #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS www.virusfreevotingillinois.org 

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IL is one of only 9 states w/ flat income tax & one of only 4 states that constitutionally require a flat income tax. Even the federal

government has a Fair Tax system. It’s time for #FairTaxNow. www.yesforfairtax.org  #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS

www.virusfreevotingillinois.org 

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In Nov, IL voters have the chance to ensure the wealthy pay their fair share and the tax burden is lifted off middle and working-class families. www.yesforfairtax.org  #FairTaxNow #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS www.virusfreevotingillinois.org 

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TruthBrigade / countering disinformation

We care about the integrity of our elections and love when election officials quickly fix errors. Some politicians use these errors to make us feel that our votes won’t count. Do not let this affect our confidence in our system or our willingness to vote.
#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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If you're a registered voter in IL, the only thing you need to vote is your signature.

That said, it's not a bad idea to bring an ID, just in case you aren't *quite* as registered as you thought you were. Like, if you moved and didn't re-register.

Qs? Virusfreevotingillinois.org
#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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Every mail-in ballot in IL has a tracking link. So if someone actually STOLE your ballot and FORGED your signature (the latest imaginary voter fraud disinformation), you would know. That person would then be held accountable for those 2 felonies.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois
#TruthBrigade

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Privacy is critical with vote by mail ballots in IL. That's why nothing on the outside of the envelope says whether you're Democrat or Republican - despite some of the disinformation that says otherwise.

Voting by mail in IL is safe & secure!

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois #TruthBrigade

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Voting by mail never exposes your personal information to creditors, law enforcement, the CDC or anyone else - even though new robocalls to IL voters say the opposite.

https://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2020_09/20200903.html 

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois

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There's a lie going around that a stray mark on your ballot will invalidate it. This isn't true!

If your ballot won't scan, the judge will spoil it & give you a new ballot.

If it's a mail-in ballot, you'll be notified & given 14 days to fix it.

#VirusFreeVotingIllinois #TruthBrigade

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RT:  https://twitter.com/cookcountyclerk/status/1313545736655577088?s=20 

RT: https://twitter.com/ChicagoElection/status/1315699204560429057?s=20 

RT: https://twitter.com/ChicagoElection/status/1316379118985007104?s=20 

RT: https://twitter.com/ChicagoElection/status/1316378557166350336?s=20 (Spanish version)

RT: https://twitter.com/cookcountyclerk/status/1313931983744049154?s=20 

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Great “How to Vote in IL” YouTube video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJbROe8JYm4&feature=youtu.be

Another great video:  https://indivisibleillinois.org/plan-your-vote-at-virusfreevotingillinois-org/ 


Helpful Hints for Twitterstorm🔝

Here are some helpful hints for tweeting. Please add your own helpful hints too.

Twitterstorm Guidelines

  1. Feel free to alter the words, articles or graphics but not the basic message
  2. Add images, graphics and memes
  3. Hashtags: Main is #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS #NovemberIsComing,

           Others are #VoteByMail #VoteSafe #Vote2020 #twill

Messaging for Twitterstorms

  1. Ensure your right to #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS #VoteByMail
  2. We demand safe, secure, and accessible elections! #VoteByMail #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS
  3. Avoid long lines and the risk of COVID-19 #VoteByMail #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS
  4. #NovemberIsComing and time is of the essence, act now to request your #VoteByMail application and help County Clerk's run efficient elections. #NovemberIsComing #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS


Facebook🔝

Facebook Images: bit.ly/VBM-Horizontal 

Sample Facebook post #1

Sample Facebook post #2

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ILVOTE/permalink/2744965455826455/

Sample Facebook post #3

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ILVOTE/permalink/2721417414847926/?comment_id=2721434761512858&hc_location=ufi 

Sample Facebook post #4

https://www.facebook.com/ed.spire/posts/10218542148157971

Sample Facebook post #5

STEP 1:  Register to Vote in Illinois/Check your registration at https://ova.elections.il.gov/ - Verify that you are still registered.

STEP 2:  Apply to Vote-by-Mail in your voting jurisdiction and spread the word 


ONLINE IS PREFERRED

FIND YOUR JURISDICTION BELOW:

Chicago

Suburban Cook County 

DuPage County

Or check out VirusFreeVotingIllinois.org for more counties!


Sample Posts for Specific Areas🔝

Facebook and Twitter options for Chicago, Suburban Cook and Champaign.

POST OFTEN!

CHICAGO BOARD OF ELECTIONS

Please help us spread the word in Chicago by widely distributing these social media posts from the Chicago Board of Elections:

Suggested hashtags:  #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS, #NovemberIsComing,  #Vote2020, #VoteSafe, #VoteByMail

SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY

Please help us expand the electorate in Suburban Cook County by widely distributing these social media posts:

Suggested hashtags:  #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS, #NovemberIsComing, #Vote2020, #VoteSafe, #VoteByMail 

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

Please help us spread the word in Champaign by widely distributing these social media posts:

Suggested hashtags:  #VirusFreeVotingILLINOIS, #NovemberIsComing,  #Vote2020, #VoteSafe, #VoteByMail

Other jurisdictions, please check their social media accounts to retweet, repost, etc. to help avoid potentially long lines and health risks at the polls. Please add them here if you find any!


Instagram🔝

Ballot Z:

Ballot Z is an online initiative to increase turnout among Gen Z voters in Illinois, and we have an active social media presence to promote various aspects of voting in Illinois. Below is a link to all of our infographics. Please share as much as you can! We just ask that you tag @ballot.z (@ballot_z for Twitter) so voters are updated with all our most recent posts too. Email us at questions@ballot-z.org with any questions or suggestions.

Ballot Z Infographics - Google Drive

Sample Instagram post #1

Instagram Square Images: bit.ly/VBM-Square 

Mail-in ballots are the safest way of voting during this pandemic - for all of us, but especially for the vulnerable or those who lack access to transportation.  For the healthy among us, voting by mail lets us free up space at the polls for those who must vote in person.  We can avoid long lines at polling places and prevent exposing vulnerable voters to the virus this November by voting by mail.  


Stay in Touch🔝

If you are interested in social media training, we can help you with that.  Please let us know at rcolacino@indivisibleil.com!

GET CREATIVE AND CRAFT YOUR OWN EMAILS, TWEETS, FACEBOOK AND

INSTAGRAM POSTS MAINTAINING MESSAGING SUGGESTED ABOVE.

We deserve to have Virus Free Voting

Please use the Virus Free Voting Social Media kit to call, email, tweet and write to our networks to request our vote-by-mail applications today.

Let’s Follow Each Other! Add your handle here:

Lori Ashikawa:  @loriashikawa

Rose Colacino:  @RoseCar1989

Karen Goldman:  @PersistList

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth: @lenihoppenworth

Annie Williams:  @annoir

Nick Uniejewski:  @nickuniejewski

Etta Worthington  @ettaw

Resistance Buttons @resistancebadge

Jonathon Rogoff: @JonathonRogoff

Ed Spire: @ed_spire

Lorena Pereira: @Lorena07pereira

Patrick Watson @PatrickWatson83

Che Arthur @real_dr_lling

Kathy Carter @Travelbug21

TracyAnne McSorley @tamcsorley

Justin Marcoviche-Garnett @justyontop

Sara Horan @NWSOFAsara

Adam Broad @broadcoalition and @adambroad2020

Julia Kline @Julia_Kline

@MichaelAaron64

ILLINOIS Organizations! Please add yours:

Indivisible IL: @IndivisibleIL

Indivisible IL 9th District Andersonville/Edgewater: @indivisible9IL

Indivisible Dupage: @IndivisDuPage

Indivisible Western Front:

Indivisible Guide: @IndivisibleTeam

CCIL3: @CCIL3rd

Indivisible Chicago: @IndivisibleChi

Indivisible Evanston: @IndivisibleEV

Indivisible Chicago South-Side: @IndivChi_South

She Votes IL: @SheVotesIL

Indivisible Metro East: @IndivMetroEast

Western Front Indivisible: @WFIndivisible

NWSOFA: @nwsofa

Ballot Z: @ballot_z (Twitter), @ballot.z (Instagram)

Conversation Z: @z_conversation (Twitter) @conversationzpodcast (Instagram)

ILLINOIS ELECTED OFFICIALS:

National/Federal

Joe Biden @JoeBiden

Kamala Harris @KamalaHarris

Tammy Duckworth @SenDuckworth

Dick Durbin @SenatorDurbin

IL-1 Bobby Rush @RepBobbyRush

IL-2 Robin Kelly @RepRobinKelly (@RobinLynneKelly also exists but …)

IL-3 Marie Newman @Marie4Congress (Dan Lipinski is the current; but Marie will be taking office in Nov)

IL-4 Chuy Garcia @ChuyForCongress and @RepChuyGarcia  @ChuyForCongress (Both active)

IL-5 Mike Quigley @RepMikeQuigley

IL-6 Sean Casten @RepCasten and @SeanCasten (both active)

IL-7 Danny Davis @RepDannyDavis

IL-8 Raja Krishnamoorthi @CongressmanRaja

IL-9 Jan Schakowsky @JanSchakowsky is the official account (@RepSchakowsky exists, but ...)

IL-10 Brad Schneider @RepSchneider

IL-11 Bill Foster @RepBillFoster (@Foster4Congress also exists but …)

IL-12 Michael Bost @BostforCongress  

IL-13 Rodney Davis @RodneyDavis

IL-14 Lauren Underwood @RepUnderwood and @LaurenUnderwood (both active)

IL-15 John Shimkus @RepShimkus  

IL-16 Adam Kinzinger @RepKinzinger

IL-17 Cheri Bustos @RepCheri

IL-18 Darin LaHood @RepLaHood

ELECTED OFFICIALS -

State

IL State 6 Sara Feigenholtz @SenatorSara6


Other Communication Mediums🔝

Call Script

Hi, my name is [First Name] and I live in [City]. I’m calling because I’m concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our upcoming elections in November. Given the potential challenges of the  pandemic to the November elections, we are encouraging voters to avoid long lines and the potential exposure to the virus by requesting their application to vote-by-mail online as soon as possible.  Election Clerks need ample time to properly process the multitude of expected applications.  Please verify your jurisdiction and we can direct you to the appropriate election authority to request your application today.

Find the Voters’ Local Election Official

Elections are administered locally by the state’s 108 election authorities. These are the county clerks in 101 counties, one county election commissions and six  municipal election commissions.

Find election officials here: www.elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/ElectionAuthorities.aspx

Who to call: VAN list, your group’s membership listing!

Letters-to-the-Editor

Write LTE about the importance of VBM

Basic framework of an LTE, separated by paragraphs

  1. Identify problem
  2. Critique response/lack of response to problem
  3. Present facts and propose your argument
  4. Summarize your argument and propose a way to address the problem in a better way

Here’s a Chicago Facebook group to join to work on LTEs with fellow Indivisibles and one for a Facebook group in IL-13

Media Contacts

Chicago Reader: https://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/ReaderContacttheReader/Page

Email Script

Dear [Recipient]

My name is [First Name] and I live in [City]. I’m writing to you because I am concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our upcoming elections. We need to secure our elections and make sure everyone can safely cast their votes.

Chicago voters may apply NOW to Vote By Mail ahead of the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election.

chicagoelections.gov/en/vote-by-mail.html

Those who apply now will be first in line to receive ballots when ballot mailings start in late Sept. and early Oct.

As you likely have heard, this option is available now thanks to Gov. Pritzker's signing of sweeping legislation to empower voters to vote safely and have more options for accessing and returning the ballot this fall. The legislation:

Thank you for your attention to this critical matter.

Sincerely

Your name

Your address

Who to email: Your network!


Support Content🔝

What is a Twitterstorm

A Twitterstorm is a sudden spike in activity surrounding a certain topic on Twitter. Using a certain and ideally an original hashtag, the tweet quickly spreads as people are notified of the message and then reuse the hashtag with subsequent retweets and tweets. The goal is to trend (at least locally) to gain attention. (Source: Techopedia.)

How to Use This Toolkit🔝

  1. The best way to view this toolkit is to go to bit.ly/VBM-SocialMedia
  2. Then click on Graphics in the Table of Contents to choose your image. Make sure you select the correct format:
  1. Horizontal (Facebook and Twitter)
  2. Square (Instagram and Facebook)
  1. You can select the image and copy & paste to the platform (Facebook and Twitter)

OR you can right-click on the image, then save it to your computer, and upload it to your post.

  1. Then select on Table of Contents the platform you are using (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to copy and paste a sample post. Feel free to change the wording, just make sure you stay on message!
  2. The last step is to go to Hashtags, and copy & paste some or all # to your post.

*If you click 🔝 it will take you back to the top of the document at the Table of Contents.

TaskForce Action Steps

https://bit.ly/VBM_actions

Indivisible Illinois Social Media Messaging Guide & Calendar

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FjSy5AoERnkB5dQESP9tPstZdsf5kpgEPN8bjX-3YVM/edit?usp=sharingHow to save an image in Google docs

https://woorkup.com/how-to-save-images-from-google-docs/

Twitter Coaching with Karen Goldman/Persist List

EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 11am CT before the storm!

Join here: http://bit.ly/TwitterTrainingGOTV 

Recorded video

https://www.facebook.com/indivisibleillinois/videos/294759368499323

Just Tweet It: Twitter Coaching Slides

https://bit.ly/JustTweetItVBM

How to Get Started on Twitter

https://www.lifewire.com/sending-tweets-beginners-guide-1950027

"Definitions for 34 Twitter Terms You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask About"

https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/34-twitter-terms-defined-list

Link to this document: bit.ly/VBM-SocialMedia