Block Captain Program

Sign Up to be a Block Captain

About the Block Captain Program:

Serving as a Block Captain means you are responsible for connecting with 50 voters in your community to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. We adapt the model for Rural Captains, Apartment Captains and Dorm Captains.

We’re ready to take back all levels of government for the people — from city councils and school boards to the Legislature, Congress and the White House!

The best way to elect Democrats is on a personal level at the doors (or now on the phone!) with conversations about how to vote and the issues we care about. 

We must communicate our values. We know the current one-party rule at the state level is bad for democracy. Block Captains build relationships with their neighbors and become the point of contact for those neighbors who have questions or need assistance around election time.

It is clear the Republican Party is now so extreme they have totally lost what it means to serve and to put people first. Whether it is the violent insurrection, separating children and families, shutting down the government, giving the biggest government handout in decades to millionaires and billionaires while pretending they are giving tax cuts to our families or cutting health insurance and food stamps to working families. The GOP is now the party of mean and we are ready to take our state back.

We now have more than 800 Block Captains. If you have any questions about the program, send an email to Gina@nebraskademocrats.org

Materials:

We have everything you need to serve as a Block Captain. We give you the “turf” which is a fancy name for the list of 50 houses in your community that you are responsible for talking to voters. We train you with online videos that you can watch when it’s best for you as well as in-person trainings that you can attend.

Block Captain Training Handbook

Block Captain Flyer

2022 Training Schedule:

We conduct trainings via the Nebraska Democratic Party’s Facebook page (using Facebook Live) in order to prepare Block Captains all across the state. We can also host training sessions for county parties and other groups, just contact Gina Frank.

Block Captains should watch for emails from Gina that includes their voters’ contact information and specific instructions for each round of voter contact.

Training Date: April 2, 2022.

Voter Contact Dates: April 7 – May 9, 2022 

Block Captains will use the Outreach Circle App to make sure their contacts are ready for the 2022 Primary.  They can use the “Friends Don’t Let Friends Skip Midterms” action to see if any of their contacts are on our target list of voters, or they can use the “Ready Set Midterms” action to talk to anyone. 

Training Date: July 11, 2022 at 6:30pm CT/ 5:30pm MT 

The training is held on the Nebraska Democratic Party’s Facebook page, so if you can not watch the training live you can see the recording.

Watch for additional in-person training dates in Lincoln, Grand Island, and Omaha where the party staff is coming to towns to visit with Block Captains. 

Voter Contact Dates: July 15- August 7, 2022 

Block Captains will contact their neighbors and encourage them to vote by mail.  Block Captains will receive their new turf through Outreach Circle. Please join our Outreach Circle. If you cannot download the app and  need a pdf turf, please contact Gina.

Voter Contact Dates: Sept 17- Oct. 17, 2021

Training Date: Sep 15, 2022 6:30 pm CT

This training will be held on the Nebraska Democratic Party’s Facebook page, so if you can not watch the training live you can see the recording.

An additional in-person training will happen during the NDP’s Big Blue Weekend (Oct 1-3) in Omaha. Block Captains will be invited to attend the weekend activities of training and special events. To close out the 2022 Block Captain schedule, we will go door-to-door and deliver voter guides

Watch Past Block Captain Trainings:

2018

Block Captain Training for the Primary Election and Basics of Block Captain Program.

How to use your script at the door.

How to use the VAN as a Block Captain. (Please note, we no longer encourage VAN use for Block Captains since MiniVAN has seen significant updates and is much more user friendly)

2019

Our first 2019 Block Captain training focused on getting everyone back in the swing of things.

Knocking on doors and preparing for Lincoln’s Primary/General Elections (including info for non-Lincoln Block Captains).

Looking to 2020, Issue Survey at the Doors

2020

Being a Block Captain During the Coronavirus

MiniVan and VBM

Video unavailable: Getting Ready for GOTV and Voter Guides

2021

Check-In, VBM Sign Up and Reminders

All-Hands-On-Deck for Omaha and Lincoln

Where Do Nebraska Dems Stand: Issue Survey