Greet Voters Outside the Polls!
Poll greeters–who simply hand out our Democratic sample ballots outside a polling place to all arriving voters–are vital to the success of our down-ballot local candidates. Many arriving voters have little or no awareness of the local candidates on their official ballot, which also does not display the party affiliation of any local candidate. Democratic-leaning and independent voters often cast votes for down-ballot Democrats based solely on our sample ballots.
Each November, MMPCDC volunteers greet arriving voters outside all nine polling places in the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Election Day. Handing out our Democratic sample ballots ensures that all arriving voters are aware of all our Democratic candidates.
Assigning just three Democratic volunteers to staff all nine polling places for the 13 hours that the polls are open requires 351 volunteer hours. If you can spare a few hours to join us on Election Day as a Poll Greeter, we could really use your help!
If you can help for more than a few hours on Election Day, we currently also need volunteer Precinct Captains, Precinct Co-Captains, or Precinct Team Members for several of our voting precincts. Precinct captains are responsible for setting up and taking down the Democratic station outside the polling place, supporting our volunteer poll greeters, and helping to ensure that all poll greeter shifts are staffed.
Each year, we also greet arriving early voters outside the City of Manassas’ Voter Registration Office during Virginia’s 45-day early voting period, between 8:30 and 5 pm weekdays (except the Columbus Day holiday), 9-5 pm on the last two Saturdays before the General Election, and–if scheduled–on one Sunday afternoon (it’s October 22 for 2023). This poll-greeting activity requires hundreds of additional volunteer hours, mostly on weekdays.
If you can help us as a Poll Greeter or as a Precinct Captain, Precinct Co-Captain, or Precinct Team Member, please fill out this Google Form. Alternatively, you many contact us at [email protected] or 571-358-9893 to express your interest or to request more information.