Promote ‘Get Out the Vote’ efforts now

As 2016 ushers in presidential and congressional elections, American Legion posts are encouraged to promote “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV) efforts while remaining nonpartisan in the process.

The Legion’s “Get Out the Vote” brochure provides ideas on how posts can participate in and promote the electoral process in an effort to motivate U.S. citizens of legal age to exercise their right to vote. Legionnaires can serve as poll volunteers, host or participate in nonpartisan candidate forums, place public service announcements in local media that promote registration and voting, distribute GOTV promotional materials and more.

During GOTV promotional efforts, it is imperative to remember that The American Legion is nonpartisan and will not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles nor for the promotion of any candidate or party.For example, when a Legion post hosts or sponsors a candidate forum or debate, it must be open to the public and all candidates must be invited. Any impression of endorsement or support must be avoided.Individual Legion members may support candidates of their choosing. However, Legionnaires engaged in partisan activities - such as attending a candidate’s rally - should do so without wearing the Legion cap or other Legion attire.

“It’s an exciting time for our nation as we prepare to elect our 45th president,” said Richard Anderson, chairman of the Legion’s National Americanism Commission. “And as Legionnaires, it is our duty to demonstrate 100 percent Americanism and commitment for continued service to this country by being politically active as individuals. But politics and elections can easily stir the emotions and passions of even the most passive people among us. For this reason, as posts begin their Get Out the Vote efforts, they must be ever-vigilant in following the rules of nonpartisanship.”

Start planning GOTV efforts now by downloading the Legion’s “Get Out the Vote” and “Vote, America” brochures. For sample GOTV public service announcements and news releases, visit www.legion.org/vote.

“As you head to the polls, and encourage others to do the same, remember that our government is ‘of the people, by the people and for the people’ and our democratic republic can only function when we the people participate,” Anderson said. “With a successful GOTV campaign, Legionnaires can make a different in voter turnout.”

5 Comments

  1. The American Legion should not be involved with partisan issues, get out the vote only... not one side or the other issues
  2. I would like to renew my membership but unfortunately lost my number and can't renew without it
  3. State Legislatures across the nation have made it difficult to vote; it is so un-American. They have enacted various techniques to make it difficult for people to vote: like shortening the early voting time period, no voting on Sunday before the election, no out of precinct voting ( like there is a specific issue to a particular precinct), not allowing registering on the same day you vote, not allowing the registering of17yr olds automically in high school and then there is this picture identification qualification to vote. Like voter fraud is rampant in this country; googling on the internet one article alleges there was over 300 cases of voter fraud in a particular year in the USA. Without fact checking that number, I’ll accept it as true, so 300+ people are going to vote twice with a federal penalty of up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine, yeah that is the crime I want to do if I am criminally inclined. So creating all theses rules and especially a picture identification. usually a driver’s license, when a good portion of the public doesn't drive ( living in large metropolitan area), and then charging $20-$30 dollars for a state identification, and you have to have proof birth certificate or some other hard proof. Worrying about 300 fraud voted ( a good portion of these are probably honest mistakes) has caused millions (my guess is 3-5 million) of people not have the right to vote. No wonder we have less that 45% of the public voting in national elections and less than 30% in local elections as an average across the nation. We go fight all these wars to democratize these countries and give them the right to vote and we have politicians stopping American citizens from voting . This should be the number one issue of the American Legion, not just getting people out to vote, which the Legion does a good effort, making it easier for people to vote, with all this technology that we have created in the world, we as a country should should use our knowledge to make it easier for more people to vote. Thank you for allowing me to comment.
  4. So it's OK with you if just anyone can walk in a vote? You better check your facts instead of accepting them at face value. 300 illegal voters.......you gotta be kidding.
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