In the end, we have to pull together. Or we will be pulled apart. As the 2020 elections begin to take shape, the following set of guidelines, contributed by Tobin Fraley, are useful to insure the majority of Americans pull together to get us over the finish line so we may begin to repair the carnage that is now our American democracy.
You are encourage to download and share this 2020 Democratic Pledge with others.
The Bob Morgan for State Representative campaign is hiring fall interns for the final stretch of the campaign! The internship will focus on direct voter contact (canvassing, phone banking, events) but also provides an opportunity to learn more about communications, finance, and operations on a local race. The schedule is completely amenable to the student’s schedule and requires a minimum commitment of 2 days per week. This is an unpaid internship but would be available for credit.
Please encourage those interested students to fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdE1pSljkZGMedAXdMK9kbAAItFaewgcBaWa-QCbEQ1AUaz6A/viewform
“Just one in-person conversation had a profound effect
on a voter’s likelihood to go to the polls, boosting
turnout by a whopping 20 percent.”
Before I threw my energy into almost a year of knocking on stranger’s door in unfamiliar neighborhoods, I needed to be convinced that canvassing was an effective way to increase voter turnout. As a political neophyte, I was cynical about simply accepting axioms about what worked as inherited fact. So I conducted my own research.
What I discovered was as much startling as it was unsurprising. Unsurprisingly, people respond to people. And face-to-face meetings are the most effective motivators. But astonishingly, these personal meetings, howsoever brief, can drive the outcome.
You want data to prove this? I’ve got it. But I’m not going down that rabbit hole because I’ll lose you in the wonky detail. What I will share is this from the Fund for the Public Interest, “By far the most effective way to turn out voters is with high-quality, face-to-face conversations that urge them to vote. How do we know? Nearly two decades of rigorous randomized experiments have proven it.”
The Grassroots Field Army
In years before, invested constituencies from labor unions, churches & synagogues and other civic organizations could staff canvassing projects. But membership in these community-based groups has flagged. And, with more money than ever in politics, the prevailing view is that voter attention can be purchased with media coverage. So the personal ground game has succumbed to impersonal digital, audio and visual assaults. But it is not as effective.
Raising a field army of grassroots volunteers is the new resource. That’s what we’re doing.
To join our canvassing effort complete the contact form or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference source: Fund for the Public Interest
Democrat Brad Schneider is the Congressional Representative in Illinois 10th District, and that doesn’t sit well with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
The IL-10 Congressional seat has flipped four times in the last four election cycles. 2010 and 2014 went to Bob Dold (R), while Brad Schneider (D) took the seat in 2012 and 2016. With 2018 just around the corner, the GOP wants IL-10 back. Continue reading “IL-10 lands “On the Radar” of the GOP, NRCC”