Half Way to our Goal

With only a week and a day until the big vote, job duties are shifting around here at the office. Almost all staffers are moving to help with the get out the vote effort. So I've been busy doing a lot of data entry, and will soon be pitching in with phone calls, canvassing, and whatever else field staff need help with.

We're still about half way to meeting our "get out the vote" volunteer goals-- we have to fill 5,839 shifts statewide. We really need you to sign up today.


At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Mavis said...

What exactly will we be doing during GOTV?

At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it "make work"?

Driving people to polls, or making phone calls telling them to go?

That seems like a lot to "need" -- 10,982. Or is the idea to create a team spirit, like we are in this together?

At 12:42 AM, Anonymous Mark Spreitzer said...

I don't think "make work" is an accurate description, but yes, it would involve making phone calls to people reminding them to vote, or going to their homes and reminding them to vote. The idea is to reach as many NO voters as possible. We've identified who's on our side. Now we need to make sure they actually vote. Because this is an off-year election, turn-out will be low. If we boost turnout on our side, we can make up a few percentage points and push our side over the top.

At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember meeting someone when canvassing who said she only votes in presidential elections. Then she said she has a lot of gay friends. So then she realized, yikes, I should vote this time around. There are people like that, and we need to remind them.

Also, from what I understand, that count is of "volunteer shifts". While 10,000+ individual volunteers could do it, if people sign up for a couple of shifts (or all the weekend shifts) that will eat into the number faster than you'd think.

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust me, if all this get out the vote stuff was for morale boosting and team spirit my plan for tonight after I get off work would be to go home, cook dinner, watch a movie and hand out candy to little kids in cute costumes. Instead I'll be stopping by home for about 15 minutes before heading downtown to the Fair Wisconsin office, where I'll be staying until 10 or 11pm tonight.

We've spent the last two years convincing people that the amendment is bad news and identifying the people who agree with us, but if those people we've talked to don't get to the polls then it doesn't matter that we talked to them.

If you're reading this blog, then you're not on the list of people we need to worry about, because you're much more politically aware and involved than your average person. On the 7th, you'll remember that it's election day, and you'll vote. You're in the minority.

This is a very very close election. I'm volunteering 40 hours a week on top of my full time job because we will win or lose this based on how effective our get out the vote is.


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