CALLING ALL STARFLEET OFFICERS
We're mobilizing Trekkies to defend the 2020 election and we need Trek cast members to help us reach them.
With your help, we'll release a short video designed to enroll Trekkies in a "Starfleet mission" to save democracy and then direct them to a smart signup that right-fits them into volunteer opportunities with our election partners.
THE 2020 ELECTION PROMISES TO BE UNLIKE ANY AMERICA HAS EVER FACED.
The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and intentional efforts to deter marginalized communities from voting may suppress turnout.
Thousands of volunteers and temporary workers are needed by election managers and non-partisan groups across the country to make voting as easy and safe as possible.
A WIDE VARIETY OF ROLES ARE AVAILABLE
Here are just some of the things our partners need volunteers and temporary workers to do:
Hand out food and water to voters waiting in long lines.
Identify and report voter intimidation.
Help voters who are having trouble to understand their rights.
Monitor online chatter and report disinformation.
Ensure polling places have proper PPE and signage and are wheelchair accessible.
Work inside of polling places handing out ballots and helping people who have questions about the process.
TREKKIES ARE IDEAL FOR THESE ROLES
There are 16 million Star Trek fans in the United States, and they have been steeped in the Federation’s values of fairness, inclusivity, and respect for democracy for decades. They tend to be scrupulous, diligent, and unafraid to care passionately about the future.
That makes them exactly the kind of people our partners need right now.
OUR ELECTION PARTNERS
In their own words
Elections can’t happen without poll workers. And most poll workers are older and at a higher risk of complications from Covid. Now is the time for young people across America to step up, serve our country, and make sure the 2020 election is a success.
The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state, and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.
The National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC) began our work in 2013. Our mission is to build a bipartisan movement to secure the nation’s vulnerable voting systems from manipulation and fraud, and to protect every American’s right to have their vote counted.
MORE COMING SOON!
We're in talks now with half a dozen more organizations doing everything from poll monitoring to legal support, as well as preparing to defend the legitimacy of the results post-election.
Doctor Beverly Crusher, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Ensign Wesley Crusher
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Leeta, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
MORE STARS COMING SOON!
You never know who could be next...
Participating Trek cast members will:
Self-tape from a short script co-written by Trek writer and science consultant André Bormanis. The script will be tailored around the participating cast members and is intended to have the same emotional impact on Trek fans as the "it's all real" scene from Galaxy Quest.
Help us reach your castmates and allow us to use your name and likeness to recruit other Trek cast members to take part.
Post an edited video and call to action on your social media in coordination with other participating cast members when we launch.
Phase Two: Participate in activities after November 3 designed to defend democratic norms and the rule of law. (More later.)
We have two confirmed cast members and two more who have expressed serious interest. We have ongoing outreach to more than a dozen Trek cast members.
We have three confirmed and six more seriously interested election partners who are recruiting volunteers and / or paid poll workers.
We have a working software requirements document and are actively coding the necessary infrastructure to right-fit volunteers with our partners. This effort is being managed by two ex-Microsoft software engineers with specialties in front end development and data science.
Our goal is to launch the video and site on September 15, but we may have to push back depending on how long it takes us to recruit more cast members.
READY TO BEAM UP?
Give us a few details and we'll have one of our crackerjack Starfleet transporter chiefs lock onto your bio signs.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Tae is an activist, singer-songwriter, and sci-fi nerd who lives and organizes in Seattle, WA. She founded the project and is responsible for outreach and program development.
Khayah specializes in data and applied science. She's responsible for making sure our databases are matching Trekkies with the volunteer opportunities that will fit them best.
Sandi is founder and CEO of Smart as a Fox, a digital strategy and communications firm based in Washington, DC. She is advising on digital communications strategy and partner outreach.
Ethan is a lifelong geek and troublemaker who wrote code a long time ago. He traded that for a career of waving his arms around but eventually found his way back.