How to Establish a Local Union Voter Registration Program

STEP 1: Assign a point person to lead the local’s voter registration program

  • Communicate program plan to your local political coordinator (PC), if assigned point person is not the PC

STEP 2: Evaluate the registration status of your members

  • Request access to the Labor Action Network (LAN) for your political coordinator
  • Obtain a list of unregistered voters in your Local from the LAN, or request from the Political/Legislative Department (polleg@iatse.net)

STEP 3: Learn and comply with the voter registration rules in your state

STEP 4: Review and share your state’s registration deadlines and election dates

  • Visit the IATSE Voter Toolkit to confirm voter registration and absentee ballot deadlines, election and early voting dates, voter ID requirements, polling locations, and more

STEP 5: Register your members

  • Print voter registration forms and learn the required fields
  • Set up a registration table at local meetings and events
  • Share voter registration resources on your website, in your newsletter, and on social media
  • Recruit volunteers from your local to assist in reaching out to potentially unregistered members with a phone bank or peer-to-peer text bank (reference the How to Establish a Local Union Phone/Text Banking Program for suggestions and sample scripts)

STEP 6: Share success and build momentum

  • Share photos on social media and email to polleg@iatse.net
  • Use #IATSEvotes and tag @IATSE in social media posts

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