Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development (BUILD) more than tripled its goal of reaching 2,000 city voters between Election Eve and the close of polls on Nov. 4 with an eye to making sure Baltimore made a difference in Maryland’s elections.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski encouraged BUILD workers in their outreach plan.
“Those running for office right now think they can write off Baltimore because Baltimore doesn’t vote. We are here to tell them something different. We are here to remind the candidates and the residents of this city: Baltimore counts because Baltimore votes,” said the Rev. Glenna Huber, BUILD clergy co-chair, in remarks on Nov. 3.
In 26 hours, 300 BUILD volunteers contacted 6,824 people in 15 precincts of North Baltimore’s Ward 27, where there are 22,131 registered voters.
“This incredibly strong showing reflects the passion of BUILD members for our city and is only a preview of what BUILD will accomplish from now through the 2016 election,” said lead organizer Ojeda Hall in a statement. “We will continue to organize to make a difference here in Baltimore, and in Annapolis.”
The group focused on an area with high registration in which encouragement and transportation could make a difference.
“Our goal was to be precise and powerful in this election, and we succeeded,” said Cheryl Finney, a BUILD leader and member of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. “It felt powerful to be out meeting people with other BUILD leaders deeply committed to voting.”
Volunteers were buoyed by a visit from Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who praised the organization for its nonpartisan work.
Leaders say the tremendous work they accomplished would serve as a motivating force for their get out the vote efforts in the next “2016 city and state-wide elections.”
“If we can do this in 26 hours, just think of what we can do in 18 months,” said Meredith Moise of Church of the Holy Nativity, in Park Heights.