Canvassing Works

“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 canvass@northshoreindivisible.com

Reference source: Fund for the Public Interest

The Winning Canvass Plan

North Shore Indivisible will be knocking on doors, i.e. canvassing, throughout the Illinois 10th Congressional District to get out the vote (GOTV) to re-elect Congressman Brad Schneider and other candidates. Your participation is eagerly sought. To indicate your willingness to canvass, please sign up here or send an email to canvass@northshoreindivisible.com. You will be contacted with more information.

Here’s more you should know:

Getting Out the Vote

Our focus is on increasing total voter turnout for Democratic candidates. We will knock on the doors of homes that are known, from publicly available information, to vote predominantly for Democratic candidates. The only thing we will ask is to be sure to vote. There is no need to debate issues or argue sides. You will talk to sympathetic voters. They just need encouragement to be sure to vote.

Every Vote Matters

Non-presidential elections do not attract the same enthusiasm and are commonly dismissed as “mid-term” elections. Voter turnout tends to drop. Yet in Illinois we will elect a Governor, state senators, state representatives as well as important County positions. Moreover, the 10th Congressional seat has flipped between Republicans and Democrats. Small increases in Democratic voter turnout can determine the outcome.

Strategic Canvassing

Within the 10th Congressional District there are several state races that may be tight. Money from right-wing sources are targeting these races. Within the 10th Congressional District, we will focus on State District 58, 59 and 62 in support of candidates Bob Morgan (Deerfield/Highland Park area), Daniel Didech (Buffalo Grove area) and incumbent Sam Yingling (Grayslake area).

Canvass Schedule

Our canvass schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 19
  • Sunday, July 8
  • Thursday, July 26
  • Saturday, August 11
  • Tuesday, August 21
  • Saturday, September 8
  • Wednesday, September 26
  • Saturday, October 13
  • Thursday, October 25

Weekdays 5 – 7 PM and Weekends 4 – 6 PM

Canvass Training

Canvass Captains will provide you the tools you need. No experience necessary. We will canvass in pairs. Bring a smile and dress for the weather.

Canvass History

Many of us have been canvassing since last October. We have knocked on hundreds of doors. Now, with less than 140 days until election, we are stepping up the effort. That’s where you come in.

Does Canvassing Work

“Canvassing door-to-door typically raises turnout by 6% according to one study with some results as high as 15% in other studies. Increasing turnout by this magnitude can sway the results of many tight elections.

Will you take this step to take back control of our democracy? This is something you can do.

Take Action: Commit to Canvassing in the IL-10th!

Join Traci Fine and other NSI and Swing Left volunteers as they canvass our Swing District as part of Swing Left’s Summer Canvassing Challenge!

This summer, Swing Left* volunteers across the country will be canvassing their target Swing Districts to talk to voters, identify supporters, and ask them to commit to vote in 2018.

  • If you have never been canvassing before, this is an easy way to get started!
  • You don’t have to talk about a specific issue or politics.
  • These friendly conversations asking people to vote in 2018 lets them know how important voting is.
  • These kinds of “commitment” conversations are powerful, and have been shown to increase turnout up to 20%.
  • Plus Canvassing is a fun outdoor activity, a way to meet neighbors, spend time outdoors, and get some exercise at the same time!

For more information, visit the events listed on our calendar, or RSVP here.

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