So you want to help make a difference in the Referendum vote? You've come to the right place!
Don't leave this page without making a plan to take action.
In order of impact:
1 - KNOCK ON DOORS or DISTRIBUTE FLYERS
We've made this simple for you. Just:
- Read our doorknocking guide
- Print some paper handouts/flyers, and
- Go out and start going door-to-door!
Right now, look at your calendar for the coming days. Schedule 1 hour for door-to-door.
We recommend pairing up with one friend or family-member, and working your way along opposite sides of a street. It's more fun to go with someone else.
Consider holy days - if it's Sunday or Good Friday morning, especially in rural areas, just distribute flyers in mailboxes rather than doorknocking.
Here's what you need to go door-to-door:
- Handouts/flyers (with our very amateur graphic design! To print in colour, double-sided). Email info@PRonPEI.vote to let us know how much the printing cost, or if you need us to print them for you.
- Doorknocking guide - if you've not done doorknocking before, this guide explains the basics. It's very straightforward and anyone can do it. After the first door or two your nerves will settle and you'll find a good rhythm.
- A map of where people have already been (email us at info@PRonPEI.vote and we'll add your route to the map)
LEGAL NOTE! When you incur a cost to print flyers, this is considered 'referendum advertising'. If you print our flyers yourself, you must let us know how much they cost - we can reimburse you, or if you want to make it a donation, we will record the cost as a 'contribution' in our records. Email info@PRonPEI.vote with the cost details. Or, you can copy our materials and make them your own - we are happy to share our materials under a 'Creative Commons' licence (CC BY-NC-SA) with other electoral reform advocates. If you make your own flyers, write 'Authorized by' and your own name on the sheets you print.
2 - HOST A PRESENTATION/DISCUSSION
You've seen Donald's fabulous video on our homepage, right?
We've made that same slide-deck that Donald presented, available to you, to present in you community! See links below.
Or, if you aren't into public speaking, you can Request a Presentation from one of our team.
Right now, think about a group in your community who might want a presentation on 'the case for voting yes'. Call them now, to see if you can book a time.
Ideas for presentations: Your colleagues during a brown-bag lunch-break? Your apartment building common room? A bunch of curious friends in your kitchen? A Womens' Institute or Lions' Club gathering? Your Home & School association? A retirement home in your community?
Here's what you need to give a presentation yourself.
- Google-slides format (for a projector/screen if you have internet connection)
- PDF (for a projector/screen if you're offline, or if you find google-slides confusing!
- Paper handout, that you can use to support a group discussion with or without slides projected (Print it in colour, two-sided. The same legal note applies as for doorknocking materials.)
- And, here is all of the above in a single google-drive folder for easy access.
Of course, you'll have your own style - few people are as cool as Donald. So. take the slides and make them your own.
If it's open to the public, we will be happy to promote it, too! Just let us know the audience, time and place of your presentation at info@PRonPEI.vote
3 - TALK TO PEOPLE, EVERYWHERE, EVERY DAY!
Until April 23, get in the habit of talking openly to your family, friends, colleagues... your hairdresser, shopkeepers, etc... about how you're planning to vote.
Grab pen & paper, right now. Make a list of the first 10 people you will speak to.
This is where you can have the most influence. Particularly reach out to older friends & relatives - we know that older generations are less likely to support change without someone speaking to them 1-on-1.
Ask if they already know how they are voting in the electoral reform referendum. Ask how they feel about the 'If you don't know, vote No' billboards everywhere. Tell them how you are planning on voting and why, and encourage them to vote with you.
Share your hopes and dreams for island democracy, and ask them to help by voting Yes! :)
4 - SOCIAL MEDIA
We are putting this one last for a reason. Social media is very easy for everyone to participate in, but that can be a trap - it often just reaches a small audience of people who already agree with us! For real social change to happen, we need to reach out to people who are different from us. That's why we've put all the 'face to face' actions first.
Nonetheless, social media can make an important difference.
The most influential thing you can do on social media is to make a video of yourself speaking to the camera on your computer/phone, telling the world that you're voting YES for electoral reform, and why you're doing it.
If you are particularly keen, spend $20-$50 'boosting' the post on Facebook/Instagram so that many more islanders hear what you've got to say. (Just don't spend more than $1000 on the referendum, or you'd be violating the Referendum Act.)
5 - DONATE
To help cover costs for others to print flyers, for ads on TV and radio and social media, etc etc.