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 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: January 31, 2021 / Check-In, VBM Sign Up and Reminders
Voter Contact Dates: Feb. 7-28, 2021 (Omaha)
Voter Contact Dates: Mid-March (Lincoln)
Voter Contact Dates: Feb. 7-28, 2021 (Greater Nebraska)

Omaha and Lincoln Block Captains will be emailed specific instructions for the city elections happening in 2021. During the first round of voter contacts in 2021, we are focusing on reminding voters that there are nonpartisan City Elections coming up and we will offer to drop off a Vote-By-Mail application and/or a Voter Guide.

Block Captains in Greater Nebraska will send their neighbors a note about our accomplishments and thank them for voting.

If you missed the training on Jan. 31 or had any connectivity issues, you can view it here.

Training Date: April 9, 2021 / All-Hands-On-Deck for Omaha and Lincoln
Voter Contact Dates: April 12-May 1, 2021

All Block Captains across the state will contact voters in Lincoln and Omaha to remind people to vote in the general elections. 

Our Block captains in Greater Nebraska will be asked to adopt a turf in one of the cities. Because the city elections are so critical in keeping the momentum going for Democrats, this will be an All-Hands-On-Deck moment!

Training Date: Oct.  / Where Do Nebraska Dems Stand: Issue Survey
Voter Contact Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15, 2021

An in-person training (hopefully if COVID is in a place where we can gather) 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 2021 Block Captain schedule, we will go door-to-door (or via phone) to conduct an issue survey so we can get a sense on where voters want the party to focus on for the 2022 elections.

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