TREK THE VOTE
We are a non-partisan, Star Trek-themed clearing house for voting rights and election transparency volunteers nationwide.
Our team of thousands of “Starfleet officers” volunteer with our partner organizations to support voting rights, improve election transparency, and help elections administrators meet their staffing needs.
Let's work together to strengthen democracy and build the future we're all dreaming of!
Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability and we will match you with partners doing work in your area.
By clicking ‘beam me up.' I agree to receive communication from Trek the Vote and its partners. I understand that I may opt out at any time. I also affirm my understanding that behaving in a threatening or intimidating manner towards voters, elections professionals, or other volunteers may result in civil and criminal penalties and agree to respect the safety and comfort of voters, elections professionals, and other volunteers at all times. I also affirm that there is no factual basis on which to dispute the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Professional Poll Worker
Professional poll workers serve inside of a polling place; checking voters in, handing them their ballots, and answering questions related to the process of voting. Masks will be required.
Election Transparency Specialist
Election Transparency Specialists work in teams to observe and document election processes on the ground at locations where ballots are cast and counted. Officers in this role take an oath to respect the comfort, safety, and rights of voters and elections professionals as they carry out their duties.
Voter Morale Officer
Voter morale officers work from home to coordinate logistics for delivery of food, water, and other supplies to voters waiting in long lines across the country.
Information Accuracy Specialist
Information Accuracy Specialists monitor social media and report content that contains inaccurate information about how, when, and where to vote. They also conduct proactive outreach to help voters who post on social media to say they are having trouble and help them understand their rights.
Voter Outreach Specialist
Voter outreach specialists place phone calls and send text messages and postcards to underrepresented and underserved voters to encourage them to vote and inform them about their rights.
Advanced Training Opportunities
Depending on how you answer the questions on the enrollment form, you may receive outreach from Trek the Vote or our partners about advanced training or special opportunities to contribute. If you have a skill or resource you think would be useful, set hailing frequencies to email@example.com.
Common Cause trains thousands of nonpartisan volunteers to serve as voters’ first line of defense against confusing restrictions, outdated infrastructure, and disinformation.
Center for Common Ground works with local, state, and nationwide partners to defend voting rights, educate and mobilize Black and Brown voters in voter suppression states, and build a democracy that speaks for all of us.
The Beyond Trek Podcast balances geeky fun with hard hitting conversations that connect Star Trek to the real world issues we face every day. As Trek the Vote's official media partner, they host and moderate our events and help us spread the word throughout the fandom.
Founded in 2019 by Stacey Abrams and anchored in Georgia, Fair Count works to build long-term power in communities that have been historically undercounted in the decennial census, underrepresented at the polls, and whose communities are often torn apart in redistricting.
Power the Polls recruits everyday people to work at the polls, helping election administrators around the country meet their staffing needs and ensure that every election runs smoothly and every vote is counted.
Is your organization in need of smart volunteers who believe in fairness and care about the future? Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see what we can do to help.
Americans are hungry for democracy and are turning out in record numbers to vote. But that means long lines and sometimes empty stomachs.
Fortunately, Pizza to the Polls is here to take reports of long lines from folks around the country and then find local pizza places to deliver the goods.
Scrutineers is a national, nonpartisan, progressive online community dedicated to the freedom to vote and elections that are transparent so every voice is heard. Their free online training materials prepare those who care about free and fair elections to participate in meaningful ways beyond voting.
Voter Tool Kit
Your dashboard to create and manage your own voting plan.
Run a level 3 diagnostic of your voter registration and make sure you're ready to engage on Election Day.
A Starfleet officer is always prepared. Read all the reports and technical manuals beforehand so you know exactly how you want to vote when you have your ballot.
Want to skip the lines, stay safe from COVID, or spend Election Day volunteering? Sign up to vote by mail.
Captain Kathryn Janeway
John de Lancie
The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Picard
Lt. Commander Tuvok
Star Trek: III and IV
Commander William Riker
The Next Generation, Picard
Dr. Hugh Culber
Robert Duncan McNeill
Lt. Tom Paris
Deep Space Nine
"Woman" (Riva's Chorus)
The Next Generation
Dr. Beverly Crusher
The Next Generation, Picard
Commander Paul Stamets
Ensign Harry Kim
Deep Space Nine
Founder (Not That Kind)
In 2020, Tae Phoenix said to a friend in passing, "I wish the U.N. would show up to monitor this election. Or better yet, Starfleet!" And so Trek the Vote was born. Tae recruits talent and partners, writes the scripts and music for the videos, and builds a fair portion of the website.
Zoe is a junior at Stanford Online High School. She is a climate organizer in the Seattle area and is supporting Trek the Vote with social media marketing and talent relations.
Ethan Trooskin-Zoller is the technical co-founder of Trek the Vote. In 2020, he built the matching engine that pairs Star Trek fans with the right volunteer opportunities, reminding himself how to code in the process. He pokes holes in ideas that need more work.
Janinne is the founder and CEO of Sugarbird Marketing, a marketing firm that supports organizations, for and not-for-profit, looking to make a social impact. She helped Trek the Vote with media relations in 2020 and is at it again for the 2022 cycle.
Nathan is a software engineer, lifelong Trekkie, and voting rights advocate. He joined Trek the Vote in 2022 to help Ethan streamline the matching engine's logic.
Community Outreach Officer
Rachel works at a day job, but by night dabbles in writing and helping to make the world a better place. A former Trek writing intern, she applauds the 1IN4 Coalition, and is working on her own Trek pilot script.
You guys look like a pretty leftist bunch. Are conservatives welcome here?
Absolutely. Star Trek fans run the political gamut. We won't deny that most of our leadership are pretty lefty, but we're happy to work with anyone who believes in voting rights and transparent elections, regardless of party affiliation.
Are you an official Star Trek project?
Star Trek is the intellectual property of Paramount.
We are a deep grassroots network of Trek fans, actors, and behind-the-scenes professionals. We are not affiliated with Paramount.
(What little money we make from the sale of masks and tee shirts goes towards the cost of hosting our website.)
What is your stance towards claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent? Can “stop the steal” participants take part in Trek the Vote?
We reject the big lie about systemic fraud in the 2020 election and affirm that there is no factual basis on which to dispute the outcome. We will work with anyone, from any political party, who is acting in good faith based on that commonly accepted fact.
The majority of the actors in your videos are white. What is your plan to make the cast more racially diverse going forward?
When it comes to racial diversity, the sad reality is that Star Trek has historically been a very white show. Prior to Discovery, there were only seven Black series regulars and five other series regulars of color in the first five series to air combined.
We're thrilled with the talented and beloved roster of actors who volunteered with us in 2020. We're also pleased and grateful to say that our 2022 cast is more diverse. We will continue to conduct outreach specifically to actors of color and look forward to doing even better in 2024.
Are you for or against any candidates or issues? Are you affiliated with any Trek the Vote fundraiser?
We are not affiliated with any candidates or any partisan initiatives which may happen to have the same name.
Each individual Trek the Vote participant is free to express their own opinions about everyone and everything on the ballot, but Trek the Vote for Fair Elections is a non-partisan initiative.
That means our only interest is to have an election in which every eligible American gets to vote easily and safely and each vote is scrupulously counted.