Frightening FAQ

Soon we hope to have a link to create a Trick or Vote event on this site! Until then, you can still get answers to typical questions below. If you’d like to be involved – check out the map on the homepage to find an event near you!

Who can organize Trick or Vote events?

Anybody can organize a Trick or Vote event, as long as it’s all non-partisan of course.  You don’t need to have a Ph.D in Getting Out the Vote,  just some creativity and motivation to get your friends together to go out and knock on doors.

Can I organize a Trick or Vote event for a candidate?

Absolutely not.  We like that you care about politics, but Trick or Vote is 100% without-a-question non-partisan.  You cannot use a Trick or Vote event to advocate for a candidate nor can you coordinate with a candidate’s campaign.

Do I need a non-profit organization to host a Trick or Vote event?

Nope.  Anyone with a pulse (and even those without) can organize a Trick or Vote event, as long as it’s all non-partisan.

Does it cost anything to organize a Trick or Vote event?

You don’t have to pay a penny to be part of Trick or Vote.  Chances are you’ll have to spend some dough on organizing your event, though it’s totally possible to do it for next to nothing.

How do I decide where to knock on doors?

You can knock on doors where ever you want, as long as you’re not targeting in coordination with a party or campaign. And yes, you can knock on dorm doors.

Do I have to do it on Halloween?

Nope, but it should be close to Halloween.  If you’re knocking on doors in costume, it should be within a couple days of Halloween, otherwise it just won’t make sense.  We normally suggest trying to hold your event on the night of the 31st, or the weekend leading up to it. We realize that Halloween might not be the best day in all communities, so you can be creative.

What does an average Trick or Vote event look like?

Here’s a sample itinerary from one of the dozens of Trick or Vote events that took place in 2010. Your event doesn’t have to follow this model exactly, but it’ll give you a sense of how it could look.

  • 5:30 PM: Volunteers arrive at the meet up spot.
  • 6:00 PM: Someone gives a rousing speech and you train people to knock on doors.
  • 6:30 PM: Blast off! Volunteers head out to knock on doors.
  • 9:00 PM: Volunteers finish knocking on doors and return to the meet up spot.
  • 9:00 PM: Party time (excellent).

What does it take to organize a Trick or Vote event?

A Trick or Vote can be as big and complicated or as small and simple as you’d like (it can also be big and simple and small and complicated).  And we’re always here to help.

Here’s what you can count on Trick or Vote to provide:

  • Digital Materials: Customizable posters and handbills, logos, door literature, pledge cards, sign up sheets, event signage, advertisements, promotional videos, training videos and more.
  • Organizer Tools: Best practices, sample emails, scripts.
  • Creepy Coordination: In some places, we’ll be able to connect you with local partners and volunteers, or get you into concerts to do recruitment.
  • Spooky Support: Got questions? Need advice? Call up the Trick or Vote Mothership.
  • Prizes: Throw the best Trick or Vote event and you could win a ghoulish gift.

But of course we can’t provide everything, so here’s some stuff that would be helpful for you to have:

  • Supplies: Access to a printer, phones (if you want to make calls), clipboards and pens.
  • Space: Good to have a venue to launch from.
  • Team: A small but dedicated gang of volunteer organizers to help make it happen.

If you’ve got these things (or even if you don’t, but think you could get them) then you’re good to go.

Still got questions? Email emily@busfederation.com