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  • 7 Questions with Dave Fleischer on Deep Canvassing

    Posted on February 02, 2017 by Joe Fuld

    7 Questions on Deep Canvassing

    After disappointing outcomes on Election Day for Democrats across the country, plenty of folks are wondering how we move forward and run better campaigns in the future. Dave Fleischer, the Project Director at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Leadership LAB,  has big ideas on how campaigns can improve their deep canvassing efforts.

  • Canvasser Safety Tips

    Posted on December 15, 2016 by Ben Holse

    Canvasser Safety: How to Be Safe on the Doors

    Be safe in the field with these canvasser safety tips. Canvassing can be dangerous, as it requires that you approach strangers in what is often unfamiliar terrain. There are also two very prominent dangers to the grassroots canvasser, namely loose dogs and confrontational people. Below is a short list of suggestions to protect you and your canvassers while knocking on doors.

  • 5 Tips to Win your Down-Ticket Race

    Posted on September 24, 2015 by The Campaign Workshop

    Winning Your Down-Ticket Race

    Getting involved in your local or state government is a noble task, and there is a lot of opportunity to do so in down-ticket races.  Although there can be many to choose from and it’s a great opportunity to get involved, you’ll want to keep some things in mind before jumping into your down-ticket race.

  • GOTV Mail Campaign Tactics In House

    Posted on December 08, 2014 by Joe Fuld
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    Old School GOTV Mail Campaign Tactics

    There is an oral history of campaign tactics, but not a lot of great books written on them. For whatever reason many folks have not shared tactics in a mass way. We have tried to change that with this blog, and I am happy to see more folks doing the same, but it is a slow process.  Here are some of my favorite in house GOTV mail tactics. A campaign can create and manage all of these GOTV mail campaign tactics themselves.  Sure, a consultant can print some post canvass post cards for you, but most of these tactics are best done on small-scale campaigns. They require good strategy, staff and volunteer time, but can be done in a cost effective way.

  • Canvassing Rural Areas

    Posted on September 16, 2013 by Ben Holse
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    Canvassing Rural Areas: Door to Door Isn't the Same Everywhere

    Canvassing rural areas present a unique set of challenges. While you want to canvass as many homes in these areas as you can, as  grassroots canvassing is the most effective method of volunteer voter contact, you also want to do so in a way that makes sense for both you and your canvassers. Below are a couple of suggestions for overcoming the challenges of rural canvassing:

    1) Open up your specs as wide as you can when pulling a list for sparsely populated areas in order to create the densest turfs possible.

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