How to form a District Action Group
Let’s Put the Secure Green Future Question on the Ballot!
A District Action Group (DAG) is a group of volunteers who are collecting
SGF signatures within a particular House district. In order to successfully get the question on the ballot, the District Action Group should:
- Obtain copies of the SGF petition and SGF flyers from the Committee for a Secure Green Future (CSGF).
- Recruit a team of signature collectors. Typically, some names and contacts will be provided by the CSGF and others will be identified by the DAG. Ideally a team will be able to spend at least 25 volunteer-hours total in signature collection prior to the July 7 deadline for submitting signatures.
- Collect 300 signatures from registered voters in the district. This involves deciding where and when to collect signatures, scheduling volunteers, training volunteers, providing volunteers with clipboards, pens, and informational flyers, and collecting the signatures.
- Turn signatures in to the appropriate town clerk(s) prior to July 7, pick up the validated signatures, mail validated signatures to the CSGF for conveyance to the Elections Division.
- Keep the CSGF informed of DAG activities. There should be a single person identified as the “District Coordinator” who can be reached with questions.
We also encourage these additional activities:
- Contact suitable local organizations to ask them to find volunteers to collect signatures. Later, they may wish to publicly endorse the SGF question.
- Announce the effort through email lists, letters-to-the-editor, and community radio and television stations.
- Convey the validated signatures to the Elections Division. This helps the CSGF with the workload and can eliminate some delay in getting the question certified. If the DAG cannot carry the signatures in, they can be mailed.
- Solicit donations to the Committee for a Secure Green Future (CSGF) to support organizing, printing, and legal expenses.
- Once the question is successfully placed on the ballot, hold educational events on these vital issues.
Why we need a single point of contact:
Time is short and the CSGF have very limited staff.
We can’t call each volunteer individually to give them information.
We need to be able to make one phone call (or send one email) to the
District Coordinator and be sure that all volunteers in the district are informed.
Why the District Coordinator needs to communicate with the CSGF:
- CSGF can connect the DAG with additional volunteers in or near the district.
- CSGF needs info to allocate the campaign-wide resources. For example, if we have a volunteer who will work anywhere, we need to know which district most needs help.
- CSGF needs to keep track of how many districts are making progress on signature collection.
- CSGF is responsible for sharing advice, problems, and success stories. This is largely based on information we receive from the DAGs.
- Building up an integrated volunteer database is an important objective of the campaign. The DAGs need to collect volunteer information as well as voter signatures.