86 Days out to November – Phone Banking

Hi Everyone,

We are now 86 days out to November and time to learn a new tool to help identify voters for your candidate.  This week, we are covering phone banking.

If you haven’t picked a candidate yet, please find one in your district or in a swing district near you.  Swing Left and Sister District have candidates that are in nearby strategic races for you to support.

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This Week’s Strategic Action: Phone Banking

Next to canvassing, phone banking is the second most effective method of identifying and persuading voters. Yes, I know, maybe you don’t answer the phone. That is okay because plenty of people do and they do want to talk to you.

I have made thousands of calls over the years, and when I started in 2004, I wasn’t particularly good at it and found it nerve wracking. But it works, so I kept on. Each time I phoned, the easier it got and the more comfortable I felt. And, it kept working so I kept on.  I’ve had way more wins than losses and now find it a really satisfying experience.

This is how it works:

  • You’ll log onto an on-line system
  • You’ll see the person’s name and phone number and you dial on your cell phone
  • If the person isn’t home, you mark “not home” in the system and go to the next
  • If the person is home, you say why you are calling and respectfully ask that person for their vote
    • If they are a supporter, great
    • If they are undecided, you may give them a little more information and ask them to consider your candidate
    • If they are not a supporter, you thank them and move to the next call

The campaigns use this data to create their “universe” of likely voters and people they know they may need to canvass (the undecideds) and the ones they need to make sure to get to the polls during the Get-Out-the-Vote weekend (the supporters).

So, sign up at a phone bank with Commit to Flip Blue or Democracy Action.  If you are not in the Bay Area, please contact Swing Left or Sister District and help a candidate close to you.

And everyone, please sign up with the Last Weekend to get out the Democratic vote where you live.

Please carve out some time in your week to make a few calls.  We need you to help put candidates over the top.

Have a great week,

Molly Hermes

100 Days Out to November

Hello Everyone,

We are just 100 days out to November and now is the time to start supporting candidates that share our American values.  A friend of mine pointed out that there are 30 US Senate seats, 435 US House Seats, and 30 Governors races up for grabs this November. This is a big election!

Each blog post from now until November will contain a strategic action to take for you to be of maximum help to your candidate.  Please support a candidate in your district that shares your values AND a candidate in the nearest swing district to you.  Swing Left and Sister District have candidates that are in nearby strategic races for you to support.

This Week’s Strategic Action: Fundraising

Candidates cannot win without money and it is easy to donate through Act BlueThe first step is to donate directly to your candidate through this site.

The second step is to amplify the message and encourage others to donate too. You can set up a personal fundraising page for your candidate and encourage all your friends to donate.   You do nothing more than encourage your friends to put their money where their values are. The Act Blue system does all the rest.

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Screen Print of the Act Blue Fundraising Page 

Your donation does not have to be large to make a difference. Remember, President Obama received a donation of $3 and a bible verse back in 2008.  Most candidates receive money from many small donors and those donations add up to a lot!

Please support your candidate through Act Blue and encourage all your friends to do the same.

Have a great Sunday,

Molly Hermes