Integrative Voter Engagement

Explanation of Integrative Voter Engagement

Voter Registration

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Candidate Forums

Text about Candidate Forums

GOTV: Get Out the Vote

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Schools and Communities First Campaign with California Calls

In October 2017, DHF hosted a community forum on Schools and Communities First to educate the public on the campaign to revise corporate property tax loopholes established through Proposition 13 in the 1970’s.  Panelists from Bakersfield College, League of Women Voters, Cal State University Bakersfield, California Calls and Dolores Huerta Foundation shed light on the importance of this initiative. The diverse audience of 70 attendees included civic groups, labor leaders, members of the local chamber of commerce, educators, and students.

In October – November 2017, in collaboration with California Calls, the DHF contacted 3,972 individuals and identified 2,780 supportive voters. Canvassers reached 1,044 supporters who signed the petition to support the Schools and Communities First campaign, formerly Make It Fair. The civic engagement team recruited 27 volunteers for phone banking and canvassing.


From March to July 2018, the DHF staff and 136 volunteers collected a total of 3,081 signatures for the petition to qualify the Schools and Communities First Initiative for the November 2020 ballot. The DHF surpassed its goal of 3,000 signatures.


Bakersfield City School District Special Election

The DHF promoted the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) special election on April 10th, 2018.  Volunteer canvassers engaged in voter outreach and education to urge community members to vote in the special election. Voters were invited to attend a candidate forum on March 15thhosted by DHF.  Twenty-nine individuals attended the candidates’ forum and 2 of the four candidates participated in the forum. During this campaign, 35 volunteers knocked on 1,140 doors, spoke to 490 voters, and identified 288 voters who committed to vote.


Outreach in Congressional District 21 with Million Voter Project

From March to May 2018, the DHF collaborated with the Million Voter Project and Latino Interactive Voter Engagement Project  (LIVE) for a voter outreach campaign in Congressional District 21 (CD-21). Voters were encouraged to vote on June 5th, the CA Primary Election and were educated on important federal issues such as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the White House Budget.  DHF recruited and trained 16 canvassers and 23 volunteers for this campaign. They collected over 600 postcards from voters to Congressman Valadao expressing their disappointment with his support for the tax plan, as well as his support to cut health care services, leaving millions of Californians without health insurance.  Additionally, canvassers collected 830 emails and 5,233 cell phone numbers from voters.