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 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 1,000 Block Captains. If you have any questions about the program, send an email to [email protected]

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

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 (when it is safe) by coming to your community.

March 30 — Being a Block Captain During the Coronavirus

We trained everyone on Facebook live on the first round of contacts we made. We focused on getting voters to complete the Vote-By-Mail applications so Nebraskans could vote safely from home. Watch the training on Facebook Live. 

July 10, 6 p.m. CT  MiniVan and VBM

We will train everyone on MiniVAN (an app on your phone to connect you to the list of voters you are assigned) and train you on collecting Vote By Mail (VBM) applications. 

This will be a virtual happy hour with a special guest.

–Complete your canvass (the door knocks or phone calls of your 50 voters) by August 31 and then send us your canvass results by the first week of September.

Sept. 28, Noon CT —  Getting Ready for GOTV and Voter Guides

We will train everyone on GOTV (Get Out The Vote) for the General Election on Nov. 3, 2020! The NDP creates a Voter Guide 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. 

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

Watch 2019 Block Captain Trainings:

January 25, 2019

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

March 10, 2019

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

May 4, 2019

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.