Directions Drop > Political Canvassing for Dummies

1. Check your BlackBerry (your PDA) for the next house you should visit
2. Approach the house from the sidewalk.
3. Check for "no soliciting" or "beware of dog" signs, or other signs that suggest the occupants don't want visitors.
* If there are any such signs, make a note of it on the BlackBerry and go to the next house.
4. If no signs, click on the current address on your BlackBerry.
5. On the PDA, check which voter(s) you are looking for at this address.
* Check their name, gender, age, and any important political issues they have listed.
6. Knock on the door between three and five times.
7. When the door is answered, ask for one of the voters on your list.
* If the voter isn't home, introduce yourself and ask to leave information or brochures for the voter. Do not engage the person if he/she is not on your list. You should be spending your time on people that have been identified as supporters who are registered to vote.
8. If voter is home, introduce yourself and ask if they have voted yet. (Smile throughout the conversation!)
* If they have voed, thank them and remind them how important the election is. Some voters say they have voted when they really haven't, so you want to get your message across anyway without making it sound like you don't believe them.
9. If they have not voted, engage them in a conversation. Tell them how important the election is, bring up any issues that your BlackBerry tells you that the person cares about, and remind them why they are voting for/against a candidate.
10. Give them information on how to vote - where their polling place is, how to use the new electronic voting machines.
11. Ask if they need a ride to the polling place.
12. Ask if they have any questions.
13. If they seem like an enthusiastic supporter, ask if they would like campaign materials to display - lawn signs, etc.
14. Thank them.
15. After leaving, make any necessary notes in your BlackBerry - did the person vote, do they want a lawn sign, bumper sticker, etc, do they need a ride to the polling place.
16. Repeat step 1.
October 30, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterBritt McEachern