Palm Beach Indivisibles Neighbor Network – an Overview and History
At PBIN, we believe that every vote should be counted and that Democracy only works when more of us vote.
We believe that government should be elected by, of and for the people and not cater to special interests or a privileged few.
We believe that many of the problems our country currently faces, such as systemic racism, inequality and rising poverty, can be eliminated if our elected officials listen to us and enact policies that benefit the people they were elected to represent.
We learned in 2016, 2018 and 2020 that voter turnout is critical to the health of our Democracy. That every vote, in every election, is critical and that people need to claim the power of their vote – their VOICE – to make change happen.
PBIN has created the Neighbor Network program to increase voter turnout and engagement. PBIN’s Neighbor Network volunteers work in their own neighborhoods to make sure their neighbors are registered to vote; that they know how, when and where to vote; and understand that their vote is powerful and that they deserve to be heard.
Join PBIN’s Neighbor Network and change the face of politics in your own backyard. The Neighbor Network is your opportunity to:
- be a change maker in your own neighborhood
- connect with your neighbors
- build relationships
- help your neighbors be ready to vote
- combat voter suppression
- help ensure your neighbors’ voices are heard and their vote counted
- empower change
As a Neighbor Network volunteer you will
- Verify your neighbors’ voter status & information
- Assist in voter registration or information update
- Provide vote by mail and polling location information
PBIN will provide training, materials and volunteer opportunities. Please join us! Send an email to NNInfoPBIN@gmail.com to get started. Will you help us change the world, one neighbor at a time?
The program as originally envisioned was launched in August of 2018 as the Neighbor Network for Good Government (N2G2).
N2G2 program participants, whom we called Community Coordinators (responsible for an entire precinct or other large geographic area) and Neighborhood Coordinators (responsible for their neighborhood), met with their registered Democrat neighbors and discussed the importance of voting, Vote-By-Mail and reclaiming the power of their vote.
PBIN provided to the Community and Neighborhood Coordinators a list of their registered Democrat neighbors, a video presentation, canvassing materials and ongoing support.
Precincts where the N2G2 program was implemented saw a marked increase in voter participation in the 2018 midterm election over the 2014 midterm election.
We’ve learned a lot from our program participants and we streamlined N2G2 in preparation for the 2020 election. We focused on addressing some of the problems encountered with Vote-By-Mail through voter education and support because Vote-By-Mail increases voter participation exponentially.
Then came COVID-19, and a halt to all in person canvassing. We shifted to phone and text banking, and an enormously popular postcard writing program. Our 200+ postcard writers sent over 30,000 postcards to our Palm Beach County target voters AND over 5,000 postcards to Georgia voters for the 2020 Senate Runoff races! We saw an increase in Vote By Mail sign ups in our target precincts because of our amazing and dedicated volunteers, and we are grateful for each and every one of them.
The Neighbor Network continues today, in an improved and easier to implement form, as we work to change our neighborhoods, communities and world, one neighbor at a time.