VCET Weekly Update

Virginia Counts 2020 Census Coalition Meeting

Please join us for our upcoming Virginia Counts 2020 Census Coalition meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at the 1717 Innovation Center (1717 E Cary St., Richmond, VA) from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Jeffery Connor-Naylor, Associate Director with Ready Nation will be the featured speaker. He will be presenting about “Census Engagement of the Business Community.” All our welcome to join us and business and chamber of commerce leaders are encouraged to attend. Contact our Census Manager, Barb Jones, at if you have any questions.

“TRAP” Restrictions – Public Comment Period

The Virginia Board of Health recently announced its plans to review “TRAP” restrictions on Virginia abortion providers. The 30-day public comment period on the regulations is now open and it’s crucial that the Board hears from as many abortion rights advocates as possible. Submit a public comment to the Board through a public comment page, here. 

Let’s Grab a Beer

There’s an opportunity for you to connect with other VCET partners, staff and progressive activists if you’re in Richmond on Thursday, Oct. 11th. Our monthly RVA social will begin at 5 PM at Sine Irish Pub (1327 E. Cary Street). Deeper relationships help us do bigger things together. Come build some relationships, grab a drink and enjoy some free appetizers. Also, feel free to share the Facebook event page with your network.

#VoteTogether Virginia – New Facebook Page

#VoteTogether is about hosting nonpartisan, community-driven, family friendly parties at polling locations on election day. We are working with our partners to host parties throughout the Commonwealth. Visit the #VoteTogether Virginia Facebook page if you are interested in hosting a party or want to learn more about #VoteTogether.

For a More Just & Equitable World Training: November 12th and 13th – Location Announced

You can now register for our next For a More Just & Equitable World (A Workshop for White People Ready to Work on Racism). The class will be held in on November 12th and 13th from 9 AM to 5 PM atUniversity of Richmond – Downtown (626 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA). We want to make sure we are working to remove as many barriers as possible to participation. Please let us know if there are obstacles we can help with! The participants in the last class gave it rave reviews. “I wasn’t sure what to expect from this training going in, but I found it to be a really good experience. The trainers were great, thoughtful, and supportive. Over and over again I found us thinking and talking about something familiar and comfortable (our personal experiences or life at a progressive organization) and then, very naturally and subtly, the trainers pivoted the conversation and all of the sudden we were discussing the same idea or topic through the lens of racial equity. It sounds simple, but I found this approach to be really helpful and insightful. It made me think more critically about my own worldview and helped me realize the full extent to which our personal experiences with the same system or environment can vary.” 

TCI Internships

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis have two internship opportunities. They are looking for a Development Intern and a Legislative Session Intern. Please use the previous links to learn more about the positions and how to apply.

Data Tip of the Week

Virginia’s Voter Registration deadline is Monday, October 15, 2018.

We have 34 days remaining, let’s get as many voters to the poll on Tuesday, November 6, 2018!

????GOTV Survey:

We’re asking all organizations doing GOTV work this Fall to complete the following survey so we can create a coordinated universe.

We would like to know more about what you’re planning for GOTV so we can better coordinate our work.  Better coordination will prevent duplication of work, overlapping field programs, and will ensure we’re able to talk to as many voters as possible to get them out to the polls Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Once you complete the 2018 VCET Fall Coordinated GOTV Plans survey, I will follow up with each organization to finalize your GOTV plan via a scheduler.

????GOTV Conversation Training:

Training your volunteers and staff is vital.  Recurrent training helps ensure high-quality conversations are consistently held in the field and on the phones.  Spend time conducting regular training sessions and reinforce them over time.

When creating your scripts, the Analyst Institute states it doesn’t matter “how fired up volunteers are about the issues or the party, for GOTV, they should focus their conversations on voting”.  You want to train your staff and volunteers to encourage voters to get out their vote by focusing the conversations on the process of voting and not primarily an issue or candidate.  Incorporate role-plays to practice conversations and have volunteers shadow an experienced canvasser.

If you need help with uploading your script into VAN or script creation, please contact LaTonya (

????GOTV Strategy of the Week:

The Analyst Institute ranks relational voter contact as the top method in turning out voters on election day.  Relational voter contact is when your staff or volunteers contact people they know and encourage them to take action.  After conducting several experiments with progressive organizations, results indicate that voters are more likely to show up at the polls after being reminded by a family member or friend versus a stranger.

Try It Out:  After your field or phone programs, allocate ten to fifteen minutes to allow volunteers to list ten people to either encourage them to register to vote before the Monday, October 15, 2018, deadline or vote on election.

Check out the Analyst Institute’s 2018 GOTV Recommendation video for some more voter contact strategies.

VAN Training

As we spend time developing our message and defining our universe, we must train our messengers and equip them with the right tools to make their canvassing experience a pleasant one.  Well trained canvassers increase the likelihood of them returning.
Listed below are LIVE VAN Webinars as well as on-demand training.  Please take advantage of these beneficial resources.  Most videos are 15-minutes or less.
LIVE Webinars:
Data and Compliance 

  • Thursday, 10/25 1 pm – 2 pm EST


  • Monday, 10/22 1 pm – 2 pm EST

Sign up here

Virtual Phone Bank
  • Thursday, 10/18 1 pm – 2 pm EST
Data Entry
  • Wednesday, 10/3 1 pm – 2 pm EST
  • Monday, 10/15 1 pm – 2 pm EST

Sign up here

Reporting in VAN

  • Wednesday, 10/17 1 pm – 2 pm EST

Sign up here

On-demand Video Training
On-demand VAN training is a great resource when onboarding new volunteers and staff members.  It’s also great for refresher training for current staff and volunteers.

If you have any questions, please contact LaTonya at

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