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  •  called my parents today (6+ / 0-)

    to make sure again they vote.  they almost did not answer my call.  caller ID said a wireless caller, and they thought it was a campaign call, again.  calls count, but wow, can they be turn off too.  groups need to coordinate and stop multiple repeat calls.  it pisses people off.
    when I ran for office I had dozens who promised to vote for me, but only if my campaign stopped calling.  GOTV is important, beyond words, but a balance is important too.  you can turn people off too.  getting 12-20 calls a day, to only repeat your intention to vote the same way is a turn off.
    I would never say stop phonebanking, but come on.  My parents said were it not for me and "letting me down" they would not vote.  

    •  Well studies show that the more that a campaign (6+ / 0-)

      calls someone, the more likely that that person is likely to vote.

      •  I get it (0+ / 0-)

        but you tell me 10-15 calls a day from one campaign.  annoying or supportive? Just saying.  My parents, two people only, are just plain annoyed, and specifically said "your mother and I do not want to let you down, so we will vote."  but spent 10 minutes comaplaining about phone calls.

      •  I think we had the same complaint (1+ / 0-)
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        during the Obama campaign

        But it did make a difference -- that's what GOTV is

        Barack Obama for President '08

        by v2aggie2 on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 09:44:36 PM PST

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        •  I may be wrong (0+ / 0-)

          I just know, my parents told me the only reason they will vote is me.  Yhey hate the calls, and as LONG time Dems all but 2 calls cam from Coakley supporters and they are annoyed and want to tune out.  Just saying.  I lost my race, what do I know?

      •  just one more response (1+ / 0-)
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        know your voters, we are not Ohio or Florida.  campaigns are almost never "national" and rarely close.  endless ads and calls are not usual, and to  lot of us, annoying.  At one of my jobs in a bar.  we bet on who has the next commercial now.  Its become a joke, not effective, to us anyway.
        BTW, those regulars in that bar, ALL in for Coakley.:)

    •  There's a good reason (0+ / 0-)

      that the best kind of political organization doesn't depend on these widespread phone-banking operations, but local party committees maintaining contact with local voters.  One precinct captain responsible for the calls to people in their precinct.  One specific, ongoing contact person between the party and the voter.  I'm old enough to remember that sort of organization in Holyoke, even the kids in my family all knew what a call from Mr. Lucey was about.  That system not only avoids the problem you describe, it also gives the citizen a known contact that they can go to when they want to pass a message to the local party.

      "99% of the battles and skirmishes that we fought in Afghanistan were won by our side." ~ Marshall Akhromeyev

      by ActivistGuy on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 09:46:14 PM PST

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      •  Sounds fantastic (0+ / 0-)

        but I know my town.  No one runs it, the town Dem chair would not return my calls, or talk to me when I ran as the only candidate from our town.  He did not endorse anyone, and after losing and when I asked about getting involved with the party on a town level and gave him my card and followed up with 3 calls, not one return call.  
        Also this guy was voted out of office in town twice(including recall).  So, he as a dem "leader" is hard to swallow.

      •  Except that Mass (0+ / 0-)

        hasn't had to build up the dem activists because they always had Teddy.

    •  Since it is one state (0+ / 0-)

      that has turned into a national election, I imagine that the phones are ringing off the hook.

      A knock on the door is at least personal.

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