TSB PA efforts in getting out the vote 2021
In Pennsylvania, we have elections every year, twice a year - primary and general. Odd year elections are when we elect officials ranging from school board directors, municipal, city/borough, county level officials, as well as statewide judges for the state’s top three courts - Supreme Court, Superior Court & Commonwealth Court. These judges wield enormous power affecting every aspect of our lives and yet, the voter turnout typically hovers around 20% for an “off year” election, as it is called!
Voters typically don’t pay attention to what is perceived as “minor” elections. This year is a bit different as the culture wars of anti-CRT and anti-masking were taking place in many school board meetings across the region in the summer months, and people are starting to pay attention. At TSB PA, we are striving to educate and engage voters/members by publicizing relevant topics on Facebook. We have phone banks set up for candidates in Delaware & Chester counties and we are partnering with local Democratic committees to make the calls. Individual members are doing outreach via their own social media groups and writing postcards for candidates.
It is a tough election season, with many local Democrats defending their seats and the Republicans spreading misinformation about their record and in general.
They See Blue Pennsylvania was founded on March 1st, 2020 with a well attended kickoff event featuring Rep. Chrissy Houlahan along with a number of state and local elected officials.
Since then, all organizing has happened in the virtual space. We had some virtual Meet & Greet events with State House candidates. We wrote over 57,000 postcards to every Democratic and Independent South Asian household in PA. We got an early start in phone banking and made over 50,000 calls with support from TSB National. We text banked, lit dropped, attended socially distanced rallies & volunteered as poll watchers. We ended the election cycle by helping in the Georgia runoffs.
We’ve been featured in The Hindu, Times of India and our local broadcasting station of NPR - WHYY. The road to the presidency indeed ran through Pennsylvania, as the results proved!
We are going to pivot to focusing on local & state elections in 2021-22, with an immediate focus on Judicial Gerrymandering that is making its way through the state legislature.