Block Captain Program

Sign Up to be a Block Captain

NOTE ON THE CORONAVIRUS

As most of us practice self-isolation and social distancing for the good of all, the NDP has revamped its Block Captain Program, which is meant to foster contact with voters to get them to the polls.

Until the coronavirus hit, that meant that our Block Captains were going door-to-door to contact their neighbors. That has changed.

  1. Read our new protocols for contacts.
  2. Get ready for the first round of contacts Block Captains will make, via phone and email, March 30-April 15, 2020.
  3. You can still sign up to be a Block Captain.
  4. Look through our Block Captain Guide that has tips for phone banks as we social distance.

About the Block Captain Program:

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 – 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.

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 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.

You can serve as a Block Captain where you are responsible for connecting with 50 voters in your community to elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

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 you are responsible for knocking the doors and talking to voters. We train you with online videos that you can watch when its best for you as well as in-person trainings that you can attend.

See the Block Captain Training Handbook

See the Block Captain Flyer

Training and Canvass 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 trainings in-person by coming to your community.

Block Captains are assigned 50 houses in their neighborhood to stay in touch with during the year. This project is helping us win elections and stay connected to the grassroots.

March 30, Noon CT — Being a Block Captain During the Coronavirus
We will train everyone on Facebook live on the first round of contacts we are making. Everything is focused on getting voters to complete the Vote-By-Mail Applications so Nebraskans can vote safely from home. Watch on Facebook Live.

TENTATIVE: June 6, 2020, 1 to 2 p.m. — Focus on Issues Training!
We will train everyone on the issue survey we will conduct at the doors during the summer and again train you on collecting Vote By Mail (VBM) Applications. We will hold this training at the State Convention in Omaha (at the Omaha Marriott). You do NOT have to be a delegate to attend this training.

–Complete your canvass (the door knocks of your 50 voters) between June 15 and July 31 and then send us your canvass results by the first week of August.

TENTATIVE: Sept.13, 2020 — Getting Ready for GOTV and Voter Guides Training!

We will train everyone on the last door knock before the General Election on Nov. 3, 2020! You will have a Voter Guide for your county that lists ALL Democrats running in your area for all races that you can hand to voters at the door. You will also be trained on encouraging people to vote early in-person or by mail. The training will be held in Omaha, Lincoln and Grand Island as well as live streamed.

–Complete your canvass (the door knocks of your 50 voters) between Sept. 15 and Oct. 25 and then send us your canvass results by Oct. 31.

Watch 2019 Block Captain Trainings:

January 25th

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

March 10th

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

May 4th

Watch Here: Looking to 2020, Issue Survey at the Doors

Watch 2018 Block Captain Trainings:

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

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