Vote Info!

 

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Did you know that you can register to vote online? Check out Beregistered.org and register to vote online! If you prefer to vote using a standard paper form, you can download one here. The deadline to register to vote and ensure you can cast a ballot in the upcoming election is October 18th. (21 days before Election Day!) To register to vote in Oregon, you must be a US citizen, an Oregon resident and at least 17 years old. Online registration requires a current Oregon drivers license or state ID card.

Make sure you update your voter registration information if you move, change your name, mailing address or want to change or select a political party. (We aren’t in the game of political parties– just making sure everyone is registered.)

Oregon votes by mail! Aren’t familiar with the process or new to the state? Don’t worry! The Secretary of State has some easy information about the system right here!

Do you have questions? You should contact your county election office or the Oregon Election Division  (1-866-673-VOTE) or us at info@busproject.org.

Did you know if you were previously convicted of a felony in Oregon you can vote? Here is alllll the info!

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Are you going overseas or in the military? Ballots are mailed out at least 45 days before election day! If you have questions or haven’t received your ballot yet– you should go here.

Are you homeless? You have a right to vote. You can provide a residence address on the voter registration form. It can any definable location within the county that describes the physical location. This could include a shelter, a park, motor home, or other locations as defined by the Secretary of State. You can pick up your ballot at the county elections office. For more info visit here.

Are you concerned about your personal safety and want to maintain your privacy? There is info available!

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Did you know that there are services for voters with disabilities? There is info here. 

The Bus Project put together a non-partisan, independent voter guide. Check it out here: AmericanVoterGuide.org

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Job Announcement: Clackamas County Organizers

HIRING: Clackamas County Organizers

 

Summary: The Bus Project is seeking outgoing, dedicated, and enthusiastic individuals to join our team to help us register hundreds of young voters for this year’s historic 2016 election! We’re hiring part- and full-time positions on a as soon as possible, so get your application in today!

About us: The Bus Project is an innovative nonprofit organization that mobilizes young people to move Oregon forward through civic engagement, leadership development and advocacy work.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Program Director and volunteers to register hundreds of young people to vote in Clackamas County, OR
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and 1:1 check-in meetings with the Program Organizer, as well as evaluations, debriefs, and trainings
  • Develop a backwards plan outlining how you will achieve voter registration goals
  • Meet daily and weekly goals for voter registration cards
  • Participate in voter registration form processing and data entry
  • Plan ways to make voter registration efforts & phone banking fresh, engaging and exciting to young voters

What we’re looking for:

  • Available to work some weekday evenings and weekends; willingness to work nontraditional hours
  • Deep commitment to the Bus Project’s mission of engaging more young people in our democracy
  • Excitement for registering young voters and turning them out to vote
  • Enthusiasm for working within diverse and underrepresented communities
  • Work style that is flexible, respectful and collaborative, and will maintain a supportive, empowering work culture
  • Reliable transportation and a driver’s license strongly preferred
  • Spanish language skills are a plus, but not required

Please note: We care more about your desire to do the work than whether you have formal or informal experience. We do not require formal education experience. Please submit your application if this job excites you!

Position details:

  • This is a temporary position with an expected end date of October 18th, 2016.
  • This position will conduct voter registration exclusively in Clackamas County, OR
  • Part and full-time positions available as soon as possible
  • Organizers report to the Bus Project’s Program Director
  • Some travel to work out of the Bus Project’s office in Portland may be required
  • Pay commensurate based on experience.

The Bus Project is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

To apply: Please email daisy (at) busproject(dot) org a single PDF application with a paragraph explaining why you’re interested in this position, a resume, and 1-3 references (name, how you know the person, title, phone, and email). Interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

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Vote Our Planet!

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National Voter Registration Day Celebration!

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Help us celebrate National Voter Registration Day in Portland!

We will be joined by Governor Kate Brown and Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins with a special acoustic performance from the Slants.

We are partnering with Patagonia as part of their Vote our Planet initiative.

The event is being held at Patagonia’s Portland store: 907 SW Irving Street, Portland on September 27th at 6:30pm. This is event is open to the public and is free.

Food, Beer, and Beverages will be provided!

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Job Announcement: Organizing Director, Full-Time / Short-Term

September, 2016

 

Are you an experienced organizer interested in motivating community members and helping turnout brand new voters in this election? The Bus Project Foundation (The Bus) and The Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (OLCV-EF) are partnering up on an innovator program to mobilize people at the neighborhood level and help ensure a successful, inclusive, and broadly empowering first election cycle for Oregon’s new landmark automatic registration law – Oregon Motor Voter. We are seeking a highly driven and dynamic person with experience organizing, managing volunteers, and running door-to-door canvassing operations.

 

About The Bus: The Bus is Oregon’s leading organization that focuses on millennial outreach, voter engagement and education, and building strong and impactful leadership training programs. Our unique advocacy is built on a style that is run and organized by young people for young people.

 

About OLCV-EF: OLCV-EF works to protect Oregon’s natural legacy by providing Oregonians with the knowledge and skills they need to be effective advocates for the environment. A fundamental part of OLCV-EF’s mission is to reach out to voters through Get Out the Vote (GOTV) and voter education efforts during elections.

 

Start/End Date: September 15th through November 15th, 2016.

 

Job Description:  During the fall of 2016, The Bus and OLCV-EF are partnering on a Neighborhood Turnout Program, which will recruit and mobilize volunteers at the local level in Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts targeted specifically amongst the newly registration voters through the Oregon Motor Voter law. The Organizing Director will be the lead for ensuring this program’s success, including managing organizers, implementing the plan for turnout, and supervising the daily progress on volunteer recruitment and mobilization. Our ideal candidate takes initiative, is highly organized, builds relationships easily, and has experience working with diverse and underrepresented communities. You’d be a good fit if you’ve got the energy and determination to hit ambitious goals, the commitment to support young leaders in learning to do this work, and you have a positive outlook and contagious personality.

 

Primary duties include but are not limited to:

  • Manage and supervise organizers on their tasks of volunteer recruitment and mobilization
  • Ensure best volunteer experience in the state, with high impact and fun as part of any volunteer event
  • Develop and implement best practices for volunteer recruitment, training, and retention
  • Support organizers in tracking canvassing plans with volunteers
  • Prepare materials for the program, such as recruitment scripts and canvassing scripts
  • Ensure data collected is recorded and entered into database

 

General skills and experience desired:

  • Down with the cause: Experience with public interest and grassroots politics or other scrappy non-profit groups
  • Proven ability to supervise and energize staff and volunteers
  • Understands the mechanics of organizing and experience working with and recruiting volunteers
  • Experience communicating with voters
  • Highly organized and productive (friends have a hard time understanding how you get so much done in one day)
  • Respect for deadlines and goals
  • Culturally competent: You’re not only able to relate to people different than you, but you love to
  • Experience working with Voter Activation Network (VAN) and preparing and running canvasses
  • An interest in Oregon politics, the environment, and community involvement for change

 

Locations:  Portland, OR.

 

Process:  Please submit a resume and short cover letter via email to jobs@olcv.org with Organizing Director in the subject line and addressed to OLCV-EF Program Director Lindsey Scholten. No phone calls please.

 

OLCV is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, LGBTQ, and people of color are encouraged.

 

Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

133 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97204 | 503-224-4011 | www.olcveducationfund.org

 

The Bus Project Foundation

333 SE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97214 | 503-233-3018 | www.busproject.org

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YES! for Affordable Homes!

This November, you have a chance to say:

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Everybody deserves a safe, affordable place to sleep each night. With your help, we can make Portland a place everyone can afford to call home.

We are proud to be endorsing YES for Affordable Homes!

Join us!

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SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 10TH.

CANDIDATES GONE WILD IS HAPPENING.

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Remember to drink (and vote) responsibly.

You are invited!

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What better way to participate in the political process than by joining your friends at Portland Monthly and the Bus Project for a night of beer, BINGO, pundits, prizes, and good ol’ fashion American fun. Trust us, no matter how the debate goes you’ll feel like a winner.

Buy Bingo tickets and beer in advance at pdxmonthly.com/bingo One bingo card and a beer is 7 bucks!

This event is open to ALL AGES!

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Now Accepting Applications for Fall Interns

Apply today to intern with the Bus Project!

ABOUT US: The Oregon Bus Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to build a more accessible democracy that more accurately reflects and engages the millennial generation. Our goal is to bring young people into the political process through civic engagement, leadership development, and issue advocacy. The Bus Project has registered, educated, and turned out tens of thousands of young voters. The Bus Project has also passed forward-thinking policies that make elections more accessible and make tangible change on issues that impact young people. We’re working to change our state for the better, and we need you to make that happen.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Our fall program is focused on training young people to be effective and inclusive community leaders and organizers through weekly classroom sessions and on-the-ground fieldwork. Interns lead and participate in weekly classroom sessions designed to give them skills and tools necessary to make positive change in their community. We pair the classroom trainings with serious fieldwork so that interns can make a tangible impact on their community by utilizing the skills they learn in the classroom.

WHAT TO EXPECT:Gain valuable leadership skills through a mix of classroom sessions and hands-on fieldwork. Participate in local and state-level grassroots campaigns. Organize to help Oregon raise the minimum wage, recruit and train volunteers to advocate for issues like minimum wage, environmental justice, and housing accessibility. Build a strong community of friends and allies that you will work with in the future. Explore your strengths and weaknesses as a leader. Grow personally and intentionally through intentional feedback from your supervisor and fellow interns, classroom trainings, and self-reflection.

TO APPLY: access the application by clicking here! We’re looking for enthusiastic, passionate people– no experience necessary! Get in touch with Amy@busproject.org with questions.

We welcome applications from all and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

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You drink. We raise money.

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This Sunday. 5pm to 7pm. Go to Dig A Pony.

This is a no program.

This is a no financial ask.

This is a no speaker’s event.

Just come drink with us. When you drink, a small portion of the proceeds go to the Bus. giphy

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