How It's Done

DOOR-KNOCKING: It may sound intimidating, but it's actually really easy. You will be put on a team with a few other people helping the candidate, and be given a small map. You and your partner will knock on each house on the map and say something like "Hello, my name is ________, and I'm with the (name of your pro-life candidate) campaign. Can (name of your pro-life candidate) count on your support in the upcoming election?". Regardless of whether that person says yes or no, you mark it down on your tracking sheet and go to the next house. It may seem small, but it makes a HUGE difference come election day, because your candidate can now target their supports and make sure they actually vote on election day. The more supporters that you identify, the greater the chances are of that candidate winning the election! And don't worry. You don't have to be a political whiz to door-knock. If the person at the door asks you any questions about the candidate's platform, all you have to do is direct them to the website on the literature you hand them, or ask them to call their office. Candidate's would prefer to answer these questions instead of their volunteers doing it, to ensure people are getting the right answers. It's simple. It's effective. And anyone can do it. That's why it's important that pro-life volunteers show their support for the candidate by physically helping them get elected. On top of that, you are developing a personal relationship with the candidate, by seeing them regularly during an election, something that's difficult to do after they get elected. This enables you to have more influence when it's really needed. 

PHONE CALLING: Phone calling is much like door-knocking, but instead of walking door-to-door, you are calling people on the phone. You use the same script as you would if you were door-knocking, however you would be calling from the candidate's campaign office in the call centre section. The benefits are the same, and usually happens if you are available to volunteer in between door-knocking shifts. 

ADMINISTRATION:  Depending on the campaign office, there could be a variety of tasks you can do in-office. Whether it's writing addresses on envelopes, stuffing envelopes, writing thank-you cards, data entry or whatever other tasks the campaign office needs you to do. It may seem small, but these menial tasks free up the campaign staff to be able to do the tasks volunteers are not able to do, which means being more effective in gathering support and votes. There's something to do for everyone, and every task is equally as important to achieving victory.

DELIVERING PAMPHLETS: Some candidates like to deliver pamphlets to educate voters on policies they support and introduce themselves to people in their riding. It's easy, it's good exercise, it shows voters the candidate is active and helps increase their support by educating them on issues that matter. 

GOTV: Getting out the vote is one of the most important things a volunteer can do. This starts when the advanced polls start and go until election day (1-2 weeks). In order to get out the vote, each volunteer has a list of voters who have said they will support your candidate, and communicates with them to ensure they make it to the polling station to vote before the end of the day. Whether it's delivering door-hangers and reminders, calling them, or driving them to the polling station (if you own a vehicle), making sure a candidate's supporters actually vote is the key to their success. Make sure that you mark your calendar for election day in your riding so that you are available to get out the vote and help your candidate maximize their success. 

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