Election Day is Nov. 7 and The American Legion has several materials to help posts start planning “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV) efforts now while remaining nonpartisan in the process.
A public service announcement (PSA) featuring National Commander Denise H. Rohan urging Legionnaires to be a part of the political process is available for download on the Legion's Vimeo Channel here. The PSA can be shared via mobile devices or downloaded onto a computer hard drive and shared without the need for Internet connection. It too can be shared with media outlets and movie cinemas to promote the Legion's GOTV efforts.
On the Legion's voting web page at www.legion.org/vote, there are GOTV brochures for download, sample radio announcements and news press releases. The “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.
Posts are encouraged to share GOTV efforts on the Legion's website www.legiontown.org.