We all know what’s at stake in the 2018 election.
The party that controls Congress will decide the future of immigration rights, women’s health, the environment, our economy, and more.
Together, let’s make that party BLUE.
As the election
draws nearer —
Women (and men) are asking what more can we can do? We marched, we made signs, we called Congress, we donated. But as political novices, how else can we continue to effect change?
Well, we can actually go to a swing district and volunteer on a campaign to knock on doors. And what’s more — it can actually be a really fun trip. Think wine tasting with the girls after a day spent walking. I made this handy guide — complete with the easy steps, some helpful hints and a glossary, so you know what’s up. Everything you need, nothing stopping us now! Scroll to plan your trip. And if you still have questions — just send us an email!
Vote Trip team
(Yep — we are volunteers too!)
We only need 23 seats to take back the House in 2018.
You can help.
Instead of heading to Napa to wine taste, or Nashville to honkytonk, or NYC to bar hop…
Plan a girls trip to a Swing District and get ready to hit doors for a candidate who needs you.
Meet the new
78 competitive seats
23 seats to take back the house
Thousands of issues at stake
One big problem: most of the active left live in blue states
One bigger solution: hit the road and canvass
All you need to do is show up. No political experience needed!
2 feet: all it takes
FYI in primaries around the country 261 women advanced for house, senate or governor — they need us
Pick a race or location that you care about, want to travel to, think it would be fun to see, all of the above.
Want warm weather? Try Arizona or New Mexico. Good wine tasting? Head to Santa Clarita to help Katie Hill. Protect a woman already in Congress? Claire McCaskill needs your help in Missouri.
Pick a weekend (or a week!) where you can travel. Key to making it fun is finding a boutique hotel with a roof-top bar for after-hours fun, or if you’re making it a day trip a restaurant or place where everybody can meet up. Consider car-pooling or taking a ride service so you can finish the day at a fun restaurant and nobody has to drink and drive home!
Nervous? Don’t be.
You will get trained by the campaign. See our glossary and hints to make it easier.
8am: get up and get coffee, and if you’re a breakfast person a hearty breakfast
9am: meet at Campaign HQ or a designated meeting spot by the campaign
9:30am: Get trained!
10:00am: Pick up your walk packet and head to your neighborhood or precinct
10:30am – 4:30pm: Hit doors!
5:00pm: return to HQ, turn in your packet
6:00pm: Wine time with the girls until…….
>> Friendly tip. Save the big boozing until the end of the trip because it’s no fun to canvass hung-over.
Don’t wear controversial slogans on your clothing, remember you’re going to be getting out your vote but occasionally will run into opposition voters and don’t need to un-necessarily antagonize them.
Bring water, hats, comfortable shoes, band-aids, sunscreen/raincoat depending on the weather report.
Avoid big dogs.
Bring your patience, and good humor. The process can be frustrating but remember that the campaign staff are 100x more exhausted than you are. Smile a lot. Hard for people to get ornery at our if you’re bringing the grin.
Cell phone chargers. Hopefully battery packs because you can’t always find an outlet on a street corner.
BUT, no girl’s trip is complete without a little swag!
We’ve gone this far. Why not wear it proud. Click the link below to see all the cute merch and canvass in style!
RED-TO-BLUE: Changing district representation from conservative to blue.
CANVASSING: Going door-to-door in a targeted community to meet voters and talk to them about the election. In some states, also called “Doorbelling” or “Hitting doors.”
PHONE BANKING: Like canvassing, but on the phone. Some people prefer face-to-face, and some people prefer the comfort of a phone line. Likely, the campaign you pick will need both, but the truth is each race has its own strategy and we are showing up to do what is needed.
PERSUASION: Talking to a voter who may need convincing. Nervous? Don’t be — the field team will have all the facts you need. And remember — changing hearts and minds is about authentic engagement. You are the best advocate for your beliefs.
GOTV: Get Out The Vote. While some districts will be focusing on persuading voters, others will be focusing on turn-out — meaning you may be calling or knocking on doors of people who need reminding to send in their ballot or where to vote. Again, the field team will have all the info, down to the address of the polling place each voter should go to.
PRECINCT: A subdivision of a city or town you’re in for electoral purposes (so voting locations aren’t overrun by too many people).
FIELD DIRECTOR: The campaign staff in charge of identifying their voters and getting their vote out. They rule. They’ve worked hard. Offer to buy them a coffee.
WALK PACKETS: A list of doors to knock on (don’t knock on doors that aren’t on your list), a map and places to take notes. Bring a pen, make sure and identify who answered, who didn’t and who didn’t live at the address suggested. Then return those packets at the end of the day to your field staff so they can (hopefully) input that data into their computers and new walkers can have clean data.
TURF: Turf is the area that has been designated for your walk.
TURF CUTTING: When the amount of people who live in an area that the campaign is trying to reach is very high, or “dense,” the area must be split up in order to be reached at one time, with different sections allocated to different volunteers.