2020 Events and Achievements
To initiate voter momentum for the presidential race in the midst of a global pandemic, BID accomplished the following:
In the spring, BID conducted a letter writing initiative in cooperation with Vote Forward, Swing Left, and Indivisible, which resulted in over 2000 letters being mailed to states across the nation to encourage individuals to register and make a plan to vote.
In September, while observing strict Covid protocols, BID held an in-person, outdoor, socially-distanced card writing event to encourage voters in select swing states. More than 60 people from all across Bergen County turned out to prepare 1200 cards with personal messages addressed to voters in Kansas, North Carolina, Iowa and Arizona, as well as Pennsylvania. The event was a huge success, and when combined with an additional 1,400 postcards that were ordered online by those who chose to participate from home, BID proudly reached approximately 2,600 individuals who received hand-written urges to participate in the election.
In October, BID conducted two, online phone-banking training sessions with over 135 eager volunteers, who personally made hundreds of calls to engage with voters in Florida and Pennsylvania during the last critical weeks leading up to the election.
In the weeks following the November 3 presidential election, with important senate races still on the horizon, BID launched a major postcard writing initiative to encourage voter participation in the Georgia Senate race, which took place on January 5. More than 83 individuals from throughout Bergen County showed up at Tenafly Borough Hall over their Thanksgiving weekend to attend a tailgating distribution of 3600 cards which were collected by members, who then shared them with friends and family all across the country. This provided BID with extensive national reach and contributed to the success of the vote, which flipped the senate.
Our efforts, along with thousands of organizations like ours around the country, resulted in the largest voter turnout in our nation’s history with approximately 2/3rds of the eligible voting population participating.