WeCount! 2018 GOTV Update

Georgia WAND had a great GOTV campaign! THANK YOU to all the donors, canvassers, foundations, staff leaders, volunteers, and others  who made our work possible!
Our GOTV team consisted of We Count! Coordinator, Jewel Howard, Executive Director, Lindsay Harper, and 29 canvassers (the majority of whom were from the communities we serve, such as Peoplestown, Mechanicsville, and Agnes Scott College & Spelman College). This incredible crew completed the following efforts:

 

  • Contacted 121,392 registered voters in nine counties:
    • Fulton (City Council Districts 1, 4, 12)
    • Burke
    • Richmond
    • Screven
    • Jenkins
    • Effingham
    • Chatham
    • Appling
    • Early
  • Made 78,867 phones calls
  • Canvassed 110 doors
  • We sent over 118,000 educational / GOTV mailers to our targeted counties
  • Participated in texting campaign with partners Jobs for Justice
  • Completed over 340 voter registrations and 225 voter pledge cards
Throughout our efforts, we educated people about the Public Service Commission, how much money from local school systems that’s going towards the construction of Plant Vogtle, Pentagon spending, how nuclear is expanding in the south, and how the south is vulnerable to climate change. We also asked people if they were interested in participating in a process to create a blue print for an equitable and sustainable jobs transition and whether they felt their voice matters. Through our partnership with ProGeorgia and their phone banking support, we were able to have conversations with 3500 people across the state!
We are reaching voters in 10 counties, particularly those downwind and downstream from nuclear energy and weapons facilities and metro-Atlanta communities who are starved of public resources. Our GOTV efforts include education, particularly for women of color, about the Public Service Commission (PSC). The PSC regulates construction of Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4, toward which under-resourced Atlanta public schools have paid millions. The PSC oversees energy rate changes and Georgia‘s renewable energy portfolio. It is critical voters learn about the PSC election.
Georgia WAND is building power in front-line communities. Civic engagement as a critical tool to advance environmental and economic justice. To learn more about locations and specific efforts of our GOTV program, please contact Jewel Howard at wecount@georgiawand.org.