Antonio Delgado won the Democratic primary in NY-19
Congratulations to candidate Delgado on a hard-earned victory–you have the full support of ITFIO as you move forward to unite our district and Fire Feckless Faso. Over 35,115 votes were cast versus 19,362 in 2016 – an 81.36% increase!! That was a staggering increase and was a testament to the hard work of the seven candidates, as well as the desperation our district feels under the cloud of Trump and Faso. The Blue Wave is building in NY-19…
15 ways to get involved and make a difference.
Try this even if you feel shy. Go with a partner to get a feel for it. You are given a list of addresses in a neighborhood for people who are likely voters. Primarily, you knock, no one answers, and you maybe leave a door hanger. You get exercise and help get the candidate’s name in front of voters. A win-win.
2. Phone Bank
If you start off sounding friendly and identifying yourself as a volunteer, only one in a million people will be nasty to you. Campaigns host phone banks because they work. Try it before you say it isn’t for you.
3. Deliver Yard Signs
Campaigns get calls and emails from supporters who want signs.
Rules: 1) Do not get the candidate in trouble by putting signs up without permission. 2) Do not take down, deface, or otherwise mess with other candidates’ signs.
It is nice to offer to help pick up signs after a campaign has ended. We can re-use them by painting over them and writing #FireFaso!
4. Data Entry
When volunteers return from phone-banking, and when donations come in, someone has to log them into the computer. If you think data entry is your thing, go for it.
5. Cleaning the Campaign Office
Seriously. If you showed up every couple of weeks and spent an hour doing essential housework, the candidate, campaign staff, and volunteers will consider you a hero.
6. Host a Meet & Greet
You can invite your neighbors over for coffee on a Saturday morning or wine on a weeknight to meet the candidate. If you can’t host an event, ask if the campaign is having any in your area, and attend, and bring a friend or two. Hosts are always grateful for a good turn-out. Get on the calendar early if this is how you want to participate.
7. Give Money and Raise Money
To earn votes, Campaigns have to connect with voters. Those connections are phone calls, emails, handshakes at events, articles in the newspaper, eyeballs on signs, etc., and even with a tremendous volunteer base, campaigns need to spend money to make these things happen. If you can’t write a big check, consider making a monthly gift of a smaller amount to help with cash flow. And, consider bundling. If you get ten friends to each give $10 a month for 12 months, and the campaign finds ten other people to do that, it adds up.
8. Collect & Donate Office Supplies
Every campaign needs stuff. Find out exactly what they need. Coordinate with the campaign so that they can track your donation according to campaign regulations, and so that you don’t overwhelm them with things they don’t need.
9. Bring Food
Donuts on the weekend for canvassers are great; if you bring real food that comes from legitimate food groups beyond pizza and tacos for the staff and hardcore volunteers, they will worship you.
10. Talk to People (while wearing a campaign t-shirt)
Be friendly and talk to people. Tell them about your candidate. Tell them you are volunteering, what you are doing, and why you think it matters.
11. Get Busy on the Internet
Internet comments don’t vote, nor do Facebook posts, tweets, or even hilarious .gifs. Still, all of those things play a role.
12. Register Voters and 2nd Home Owners
While tabling, at train stations, when canvassing, etc. etc. Always carry voter registration cards in your car.
13. Help Get Out the Vote (GOTV)
14. Drive Voters to the Polls
Campaigns can usually connect you to the places where drivers are needed.
15. Work polling locations on election day
Be Creative! Make a video. Create an Event. Combine your personal passion with activism and surprise yourself!