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  •  In fact, on average, for every *fourteen* (11+ / 0-)

    people that we speak to, we bring in one more vote.  Not one vote.  One MORE vote than we would have had we not spoken to that voter.  

    And here's a motivational thought: When there are other eligible voters in a household, even when we don't actually speak to them, the propensity for the other members to vote goes up substantially.  It's an "invisible" multiplier effect.  

    Literature (lit drops), on the other hand, produces about one extra vote per 190 registered voters.

    There's more to it than that, but I doubt that anyone really wants to get into these weeds.


    Whether we lose 1 or a 100 seats in the House, we'll waste more ink debating what those losses "mean" than we ever did organizing to prevent them. - pico (ed.)

    by mindoca on Sun Aug 29, 2010 at 08:33:48 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe no weeds in a comment. (5+ / 0-)
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      but stats about the value of personal contacts should be the basis of a future diary.

      For example, common sense tells you that a personal contact is better than a lit drop.

      But it is important to know that it is about 14 times more effective in producing votes for our candidates.

      That's a big number.

      A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

      by devtob on Sun Aug 29, 2010 at 09:13:14 PM PDT

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      •  And personal contact is something (3+ / 0-)
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        we can all do every day, whether we're part of an "official" canvass or not. Friends, co-workers, or just people waiting for the bus to show up -- they all count.

        "When it gets harder to love, love harder" -- Van Jones, NN10, 7/23/10

        by Cali Scribe on Mon Aug 30, 2010 at 11:12:52 AM PDT

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