Green Sunday (3/8): Our Green Voter Guide — How can we improve it, and our related processes and procedures?

Green Sunday, March 8th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

gpac_vg_2012For each election cycle, our biggest project is the “Green Voter Guide”. For every major election we currently distribute approximately 20,000 paper and electronic copies, including those sent to every household in the county which has a Green Party voter. How do you think we might improve it, as well as related processes and procedures, such as our endorsement process, the writing of articles and questionnaires, distribution, financing, volunteer recruitment, and the like?

Many of those who have been most involved in our Voter Guide will be on hand tonight to give you an overview of the “ins and outs” of the Voter Guide, to hear your comments, questions, and suggestions, and to facilitate a discussion on how we can improve it. Below are three of the topic areas we will be covering. Please join us!

Voter Guide Discussion Topics:

1 — Content of the Voter Guide — This includes the quality and accuracy of articles, the positions we take, and our intricate endorsement process, plus the format and appearance of the Guide.

2 — Volunteers, Party-Building, and Consultants — As an all-volunteer organization, how can we recruit more people to help us with the work? For example, we especially need more help with state propositions and with transportation issues and races, such as BART and A.C. Transit; and we also need additional people to work on judicial races, and on local races and measures in Berkeley, Emeryville, and the city of Alameda.

3 — Financing, Production, and Distribution — For last November’s election, we raised enough money (via phone banking, mailing to previous donors, a coupon in the Guide, and online on our website) to mail paper copies to about 6,000 Green Party households and to print another 11,000 copies for distribution around town. But if we had more money and volunteers we could likely distribute 30,000 (and perhaps even 50,000) copies, plus put it on YouTube and other social media. So how can we raise more money and recruit more distribution and fundraising volunteers?!

LOCATION: Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland.

DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

SPONSOR: Green Sundays are a series of free programs & discussions sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County. They are usually held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party of Alameda County follows at 6:45 p.m. Council meetings are always open to anyone who is interested.