Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Long Haul

My body wasn't exactly thrilled to be up early on such a beautiful Saturday morning as yesterday, but somehow I dragged myself down to the Union Hall. Once I got here I could feel the energy! This weekend is the dry-run for our Get Out the Vote efforts. Every county in Indiana will be participating in GOTV next Saturday through Election Day on November 6th!

As I mentioned in my last post, my job for the day was being a "canvass captain." This meant that my responsibilities included organizing all of the walk packets for volunteers and explaining the canvassing process to them. I was pretty nervous because it was only a couple weeks ago that I went on first canvass. I didn't want to miss anything or confuse anyone about what they were supposed to ask. When each volunteer arrived I assigned them a packet and had them sign it out. Then I went through all the maps in the packet and ran through the script with each person. After that I sent them on their way, armed with lots of literature on the candidates and my phone number with any questions.

When each person returned it was my job to count the number of doors they knocked and how many people answered along with the responses of all the questions. I entered all the data in a program called Vote Builder. There were three shifts of canvassers today so I went through the same spiel quite a few times.

In the down time between canvass shifts and entering data I was on HubDialer making the same calls I've been making for the past couple weeks.

Basically what it comes down to is that I put in a little over 12 hours. It looks like I'm in it for the long haul. At least the long haul of this campaign.

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