DNC: Unprecedented National Canvass on April 29

Here is one good way to start getting to work, and to remember that our past victories have made a real impact on the Democratic Party and progressive movement. I'm going out canvassing that weekend. I hope to see you there too--Chris

The fifty state strategy is more than just hiring organizers/comm directors/researchers and other staff in each and every one of the states and territories.  It's important for you to know that every internal organ of the DNC has a role, and the online piece is at the front lines of bringing the grass & net roots together to make the strategy a success.

Toward that end, on April 29th we are having a nationwide canvass.  It's almost like a practice run for the weeks before November 6.  It's the freshly minted organizers on the ground working with the online & political teams in the building, with everyone working with the grassroots to mobilize on a national scale.  It's unprecedented for the DNC, and nothing like this has ever happened so early.

Governor Dean sent out an email moments ago that I wanted to share with you.  Please join in the canvass, email your friends about the effort, and write about it on your blogs and websites.  -- Tim

Are you ready to make history?

Thanks to the overwhelming support from thousands of Democrats, who donated to get the literature for the canvass printed and shipped, we're on schedule and gearing up for the unprecedented Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Day on April 29th.

On that Saturday, thousands of volunteers will recruit hundreds of thousands more Americans committed to changing the status quo this year during door-knocking events in communities across America.

Democrats have a clear vision for America, and we're going to get the word out by making personal contact with our neighbors. And along the way we will build new relationships among volunteers on the ground, a network that will have an impact beyond a single day.

Whether you've never volunteered or you're a seasoned door-knocking veteran, it is crucial that you take part in this historic organizing push.

Please RSVP for an event near you:


In many states, Democratic Party staff on the ground have already put together staging areas for massive voter contact events on the 29th. Thanks to donations from people like you, hundreds of thousands of pieces of literature are being printed and shipping in bulk to those locations right now.

If there isn't an event near you, don't worry. Some state parties will have canvassing events on alternate dates, or have other important events that planned for that weekend.

You can still plan your own canvass in your community. Our online tool makes the planning process easy, and if you create your event before April 10th, we will get doorhangers to you in time for your canvass on the 29th.

You can create your own event here:


Whether you're attending an event or hosting your own, we have also put together materials on the web to help you make your canvass as effective as possible.

The online package includes tips on canvassing, a suggested script for when you get to the door, and the doorhanger itself in various formats for you to print extras on your own.

Here is the online resource center:


Two-thirds of Americans reject this president and the Republican leadership -- and they are waiting to hear from us.

We are all members of one American community and it's up to us to make sure that our country has a government as good as its people.

Democrats have a big task in November. We will only win if every one of us takes responsibility for the outcome of the election now -- while there is still time to build our operation.

Thank you for being a part of this extraordinary grassroots push.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

Tags: 50 state strategy, Democratic Party, DNC, Howard Dean (all tags)



but will they update the databases?

I volunteered for Kerry as a precinct captain before the Iowa caucuses and throughout 2004.

My number one frustration was the failure of the Iowa Democratic Party to update its databases.

In my own precinct I came across quite a few people who had died or moved out of the area. I reported this to various field organizers at various times. But on election day 2004, when my husband volunteered to poll-watch and I volunteered to door-knock, what did I find? The same "bad" names and addresses throughout the stacks of cards for my precinct.

How many hours were wasted phoning and door-knocking people in 2004 who had long since died or moved to a different address? It's discouraging to volunteers, wasteful of resources, and annoying for those who now live in the homes to be bothered by phone calls for the previous resident.

By all means, do a nationwide canvass. But afterwards, please update the databases!

by desmoinesdem 2006-03-30 01:13PM | 0 recs
Re: but will they update the databases?

Couldn't agree more.

I think this is the hidden elephant in the room that keeps us from a majority. All politics is local and if you don't know who your voters are at the basic precinct level, then you'll never be able to get them out to vote.

by adamterando 2006-03-30 02:08PM | 0 recs
Re: but will they update the databases?

At my precinct meeting last night, the rep from the Kansas DP said that's what they'd do.  They were going to have us target the Federal voters (those who voted in 00 and 04 but not 02), and that they planned on updating the database.  I assume they're going to share that with the DNC.  

We're going to have an event here and do some walkin' that day.

by Marc in KS 2006-03-31 01:49AM | 0 recs
Re: DNC: Unprecedented National Canvass on April 2

This is a typical DLC style stunt. Leave it to them to pick the day of the national marches against the war in Iraq! Coincidence - I think not! Happens over and over again.

by lynfidel 2006-03-30 04:33PM | 0 recs


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