Democratic Party Canvasses Door-to-Door

By: Jessica Jaglois Email
By: Jessica Jaglois Email

July 17, 2010

Now-a-days it seems that a politician can't run a competitive campaign without grassroots help. It was this tactic that helped elect President Obama in 2008. CBS19 finds there is a lengthy preparation process that makes door-to-door canvassing effective.

On Thursday, a group of democratic supporters gathered in a Charlottesville living room to prepare for Saturday's door-to-door canvas. Volunteers were busy making calls to volunteers, creating packets full of Democratic literature and highlighting maps.

"We're trying to make sure we have adequate coverage for the entire area," one volunteer tells CBS19. "But not too much for a volunteer on a hot Saturday."

Saturday was hot while almost two dozen volunteers went door-to-door in Charlottesville to encourage people to vote for democratic incumbent Tom Perriello in November.

The group "Organizing for America" (OFA) says, they aim to inspire people who've never voted before, to register and vote with canvassing.

"Its designed to get new voters added to the pool," says OFA's Virginia Director Brandyn Keating.

Canvassing wouldn't be effective, says Liz Burroughs the OFA field director, without the preparation.

"Preparation is an important aspect to make sure our volunteers have the correct material," Burroughs tells CBS19. "Also, we want to make sure that they're comfortable having their neighbor-to-neighbor conversations at the door."

"Organizing for America" says their legwork now will hopefully pay off in November.

The canvassing process is part of the Democratic Party's "Vote 2010" campaign, which will continue until election day.

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