We need your help! Sandra Masin can be re-elected to the House seat in 51A, but she needs your help. As you know,
we don't have a lot of time left before the November 6, 2012 general election. Please review the volunteer
opportunities below. If you're interested, we will let you know where these events will take place.
We will need people to put up lawn signs, help raise funds, contact people near and on election day through our
phone bank, help put together and clean up after campaign events, and in many other areas. We can only win through
your kind efforts.
There are numerous ways you can TAKE ACTION to ensure that Sandra wins the
election on November 6, 2012. Here is a list of ways you can help right now:
- Register to Vote
This, of course, is extremely important. If you don't register, you can't vote
for Sandra. Fortunately, Minnesota law makes it very easy to register.
You can register at your polling place on election day. You will need one of the following to verify your
residence: A current, valid Minnesota Driver's License, learner's permit or identification card (or receipt for a
new one) containing your address in the precinct; a "Notice of Late Registration" card mailed to you by your
county auditor (if you turned in a registration card late); someone who is registered in the precinct where you
live to vouch for your residence; valid registration at another address in the same precinct; a Minnesota
driver's license, US passport, US military identification card or student identification card that includes your
name and photo AND an original bill for water, sewer, gas, electric, phone, solid waste or cable television
services that includes your name and current address in the precinct and has a due date within 30 days of
To get a Voter Registration Application before the election go to Minnesota Voter Registration webpage.
- Register Your Neighbor to Vote
If you have a neighbor who you know will likely support Sandra,
please make sure they register or take them with you to the polls on November 6th 2012 and help them to register
at the poll. Again, registering to vote in Minnesota is very easy, and as the 2000 Election proved - every vote
Don't be shy. Get together with your neighbors and go to the polls together!
- Host a Party for Sandra
A Party for Sandra is a grassroots tool that brings together people who
support Sandra and her candidacy. Parties all across the district can be easily organized and coordinated.
These don't have to be elaborate affairs. A gathering of a handful of people who want to discuss the issues will
be enough. When you are ready to have a party, simply contact us about it and we will
do what we can to help you organize.
- Get a Lawn Sign
You can show your support by putting a lawn sign in your front yard. This is one
of the easiest ways to take action for Sandra. In an election like this, name recognition is extremely
important. People want to know the name of those they are voting for. A lawn sign tells your neighbors that the
candidate is serious about running for office and has many supporters in the community.
Don't worry that your house is out of the way and/or doesn't have a lot of traffic in front of it. You never
know who will happen by and see the sign on your lawn.
Please indicate that you want a lawn sign on our Volunteer Form and we will put you on the list to receive a lawn
sign this fall. Make sure to include your address in the "Comments" section of the form!
- Write a "Letter to the Editor"
Before an election, many people read the editorial sections of the
local newspapers to see what other people think about the candidates and their stands on the issues. Make your
voice heard too! Write a "Letter to the Editor" in support of Sandra.
Tips for Writing a Letter to the Editor:
- Include Your Name, Address and Telephone Number: Most newspapers will only print a letter to the
editor after calling the author to verify his or her identity and address. Newspapers will not give out that
information and will usually only print your name and city should your letter be published.
- Be Clear and Concise: Keep your letters brief and to the point. Newspaper editors often edit for
length, so try to keep your letter to less than 250 words.
- State Your Point Early: Be sure to state your main point in the subject line and in the first
sentence of the letter.
- Keep to One Topic: Keep your letters focused on one subject.
If you want to write a Letter to the Editor and need our help, we will be very glad to assist you! Please go to
Volunteer Form and place a check in the checkbox next to "Letter to the Editor". We will contact you by email
and give you all the help we can.
- Call Talk Radio
Many people like listening to and calling in to talk radio programs about
candidates running for office. You should be one of them! Even conservative talk shows like getting calls from
those in support of progressive candidates like Sandra.
Tips for Calling Talk Radio
- Call Early: Call early in the show so you can be sure to be included in the program.
- Keep Calling: If the call-in line is busy, just keep redialing the number. You will get through,
especially on a local program.
- Plan What You Are Going to Say: Write out your talking points to help you plan what you are going to
say before you are on the air. But make sure you can summarize it in one, quick sentence, so you can inform
the call screener what you want to talk about. You are much more likely to get on the air if you don't sound
like you are rambling and can get right to the point. If you can, practice what you will say while you are