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  •  This is exactly what we need to do. (5+ / 0-)
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    grrr, ban nock, LinSea, CoolOnion, sboucher

    I've seen it work in Indiana in 2008, and in 2010 and 2012 I've seen what happens when it is not done, or not done well enough.  Everyone that is physically able to canvass or believes that they can motivate others to canvass should be appointed  to these precinctward positions(which are often vacant) or run for them in the primaries if necessary or applicable.  

    Direct voter contact is the best and in the current climate likely the only way to motivate people to register and vote.  It really means something to a lot of people to be personally contacted by a representative of the party.  

    It has also been my experience that the game is not about persuading the potential voter to vote Democratic, but to motivate them to simply vote, as they will vote Democratic if motivated to vote in the first place.  I don't waste more than a "Thank you for your time" on the R voters unless they have questions.

    The most common comment I get, even in very blue areas, is "This is a very Republican neighborhood."  Sometimes this is true, sometimes it is debatable, and often it is flat out wrong.

    Good luck to you.

    Speaker Boehner, where are the jobs?

    by Carlo on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 11:54:00 AM PST

    •  Thanks, Carlo (3+ / 0-)
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      grrr, ban nock, LinSea

      I think canvassing, and having a personal Democratic Party presence at community meeting, festivals, and other local events is critical.

      I don't yet know whether my county is filling the precinct slots (I've volunteered to do some membership work at the county Democratic office in a couple of weeks, and will find out then), but if there is a current precinct chair or captain, I'll work with them on setting up consistent canvassing, if not, I'll volunteer.  I've knocked on a lot of doors in the past, but it was usually in neighborhoods I didn't live in.

      Good luck in Indiana!  Your results in 2008 were very encouraging for those of us in Georgia.

      •  I spent a lot of time in MARTA stations (0+ / 0-)

        campaigning for Obama's first campaign. Personal contact is the best way to get people to vote, and to vote for our guys.

        Definitely the way to go.

        It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

        by sboucher on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 09:48:12 PM PST

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