Two Weeks Out, MoveOn Members Set to Canvass 1.5 Million Voters in Swing States
** MoveOn’s United Against Hate field effort is one of the largest in the country, with nearly 200 field staff focused on recruiting and training thousands of volunteers to turn out voters in eight battleground states.
** To date, MoveOn members have held face-to-face conversations with more than 25,000 infrequent Democratic voters in support of Hillary Clinton and Senate candidates Ann Kirkpatrick, Patty Judge, Maggie Hassan, Deborah Ross, Catherine Cortez Masto, Ted Strickland, and Katie McGinty.
With two weeks until Election Day, MoveOn.org is running one of the largest get-out-the-vote operations in the country, with nearly 200 field organizers mobilizing volunteers to canvass more than 1.5 million voters by knocking on doors of and placing calls to critical, progressive voters in battleground states.
The major effort in key states — including Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania — is part of MoveOn’s United Against Hate campaign to prevent Donald Trump from winning the White House while demonstrating that hatred, racism, misogyny, and xenophobia are a losing strategy.
MoveOn’s United Against Hate campaign includes one of the largest field efforts in 2016, with:
• nearly 200 paid field organizers working alongside more than 1 million MoveOn members in eight important swing states;
• thousands of MoveOn members volunteering to knock on voters’ doors and make calls;
• dozens of free buses for MoveOn members in non-swing states to help turn out the vote in battleground states by canvassing;
• a massive texting program to help recruit volunteers, with more than 2,000 texting volunteers and an astounding recruitment rate: 40 percent of swing-state volunteers come from a text message recruitment.
As of October 24, MoveOn organizers and volunteers have held more than 25,000 face-to-face conversations with infrequent Democratic voters, urging them to turn out and pull the lever for Hillary Clinton.
“My favorite moment was talking to an 18 year old who originally said she wasn’t going to vote and then, after we talked, seemed to really get how important it was to defeat Trump and elect other Democrats,” said Deidre D., a volunteer canvasser in Asheville, NC.
“We know that face-to-face conversations with voters are the number one most effective way to increase voter participation, and that’s why we’re unleashing the phenomenal energy of volunteer leaders and the millions of MoveOn members to canvass their own neighborhoods and communities, where they can make the biggest difference,” said Victoria Kaplan, Organizing Director for MoveOn.org. “MoveOn members across the country have the power to influence this election by helping elect Hillary Clinton and winning key Senate seats across the country.”
MoveOn.org has robust field programs with paid organizers and volunteer leaders in eight states: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. In total, MoveOn has more than 1 million active members in these states.
** Related: How MoveOn Members Are Impacting This Election **
“As one of the largest organizations to endorse Bernie Sanders, MoveOn organizers and members are in a unique position to help turn out progressive voters – including Sanders supporters, Millennials, and other key constituencies – who might otherwise consider sitting out the most important election in a generation,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action.
** MoveOn Op-Ed: Progressives: Vote for Hillary Clinton **
MoveOn members have also voted to endorse Senate candidates in seven of the eight states: Ann Kirkpatrick (Arizona), Patty Judge (Iowa), Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire), Deborah Ross (North Carolina), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada), Ted Strickland (Ohio), and Katie McGinty (Pennsylvania) as part of an effort to elect a Democratic majority in the Senate this fall.
“We know that our task is not just to win an election, but to demonstrate that bigotry is a losing strategy and to build power to win on the issues that matter to everyday people: income inequality, police and criminal justice reform, climate change, good jobs, immigrants’ rights, and more,” said MoveOn National Spokesperson and Senior Advisor Karine Jean-Pierre.
Earlier this year, MoveOn members voted to launch a multi-million dollar effort to stop Donald Trump and keep him out of the White House and ensure the country rejects his politics of hate, racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, and authoritarianism.
Since then, MoveOn has kicked off a major voter contact effort, opened a rapid-response video lab to produce dynamic content around the election, launched a nationwide Laughter Trumps Hate comedy contest, created an online social media canvassing game Swing Voter Go with noted game designer Jane McGonigal, and published an open letter featuring more than 100 prominent artists standing against Trump.
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