Post-Election Campaign Shutdown Checklist

by Ben Holse (He/Him) and Martín Diego Garcia (He/Him)

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Our Quick Post-election Campaign Shutdown Checklist

Is it time for the post-election shutdown for your campaign?

Your campaign is finally over and you might be feeling a bit of that post-campaign emptiness inside. We understand that feeling and have a lot of insight on what to do after a win or a loss.  Like for most things in your campaign you’ll want to be thinking about a plan for your campaign shutdown at the beginning of the campaign as part of your overall campaign plan. By keeping track of assets and creating a campaign shutdown plan you will remove a lot of stress and save time at the end of the campaign. Now before you head off and hit the Appalachian trail or start looking for the next campaign, here are some things to take care of.  

Below is a post-election checklist of items you’ll likely need to do to close up shop:
Take Down:
❏     Yard signs on public property, intersections, voting locations 
❏     Any signs at restaurants or bars
Secure and develop a plan for:
❏     Any data the campaign may have purchased (for security reasons you will want to keep 
         this is an encrypted file or delete it so personal information isn’t just living on a random 
❏     Yard Sign locations (where are they and are you responsible for taking them down?) 
❏     IDs (Upload all your positive IDs into your voterfile for the next campaign) 
❏     Donor lists (Delete any sensitive information including credit card info, and save the 
         names and contacts in a secure location) 
❏     Volunteer lists (Keep this up to date for future use i.e. add them to your holiday card list) 
❏     Passwords to websites (make a master list and be sure you change them so only the 
         necessary people have access post-election) 
Recycle (as much as possible): 
❏     Lit
❏     Signs
❏     Used paper products
❏     Wood posts
❏     Any office or campaign supplies 
Shred and Recycle:
❏     Walk lists
❏     Phone lists
❏     Other printed proprietary information
❏     Any outstanding debts or develop a plan for payment
❏     Campaign staffers their final paychecks/expenses
❏     Financial records
❏     Payroll records
❏     Office Supplies (Pens, pencils, markers, etc.)
❏     Desks
❏     Folding Tables
❏     T-shirts or any other worthwhile chum
❏     Unopened Food/Bottled Water
❏     Dry erase boards/butcher paper
Secure or Donate:
❏     Clipboards
❏     Printers
❏     Phones (mobile and landline)
❏     Computers
Scrub for any personal data, log ins, etc.:
❏     Computers
❏     Tablets
❏     Mobile Phones

❏    Develop a plan for your website (are you keeping your URL?)
❏    Decide how you will use your social platforms moving forward and who is 
       responsible for overseeing them 
❏     Give a hard stop date (at the beginning of the campaign, if possible)
❏     Contact your payroll and tell them when employees are going off payroll

Talk to lawyer/accountant about:
❏     Files you need to save
❏     Issuing W2s to employees
❏     Any keys to offices, union halls, etc.
❏     Loaned supplies (computers, phones, etc)
❏     Any leased office supplies
Self care: 
❏     Take a nap/Get rest 
❏     Spend time with friends and family 
❏     Process what it was like to run a campaign 

Like our post-election checklist? Anything we missed on planning for the campaign shutdown? Add it in the comments section below.