Reaching Voters Where They Are: Team and the 2018 Midterm Elections

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The 2018 midterm elections witnessed many historic firsts across the country, with the Times calling it the most “diverse set of candidates” to ever run for Congress. Over 400 women, people of color, and LGBTQ candidates ran successful House, Senate, and governor races, pointing to a “shift in the kinds of Americans choosing to pursue public service through elected office.” Team worked with over one hundred campaigns, non profits, and unions in 2018, including every targeted red to blue congressional race. These clients blazed new ground in their messaging, the districts they won, and the tools they used to innovate. In doing so, they flipped the House of Representatives for the Democratic Party. Continue reading “Reaching Voters Where They Are: Team and the 2018 Midterm Elections”

Relational Organizing Meets Tech: Building Community thru Team

With about one week to go before the midterm elections, voter enthusiasm is at its highest level in over twenty years. Americans are “unusually engaged with this year’s midterms,” with heightened enthusiasm notably among voters who favor Democratic over Republican candidates.

Efforts to “reach” voters have historically been impersonal, short-term solutions; whether that entails surveying a potential voter over the telephone or sending a mass text to thousands of strangers at once. “Relational organizing” instead frames the issue of voter participation as community building work that goes beyond the conventional election cycle.

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Staffer Guide 2: Keeping your Digital Infrastructure Organized

Essential to any powerful and efficient digital campaign outlet is prime organization. We told you briefly before about how simple and easy it is to empower your volunteers on Team, but this is all the more instrumental if you can keep track of all of the data. Well, Team does that too!

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Team Tip #3: Reviewing Outreach

If you’re here, you’ve done the hard part. You’ve downloaded Team, created an account, found your friends, and shared an urgent message from one of your Teams to your friends. You’ve found a way to support the campaigns and causes you care about digitally. . But don’t pat yourself on the back just, yet because there is one more essential step: review your outreach with the campaign! Continue reading “Team Tip #3: Reviewing Outreach”

Team Tips #1: Joining Team

Over the course of this week, we’ll be writing with advice on how to make the most of Team, your app for digital canvassing.  Team gives you control over your own social media data and network, so you can personally support the issues and candidates you care about most.

Today, we’ll start at the beginning.

You need to get Team on your phone! Downloading Team is simple, but if you’re having trouble, here are some tips:

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How We Think About Data Security

Democracy depends on the free and easy movement of ideas; it depends on having a space to share thoughts and facts. In an ever-more digitized world, online communities have become an essential locus of political engagement. The public sphere today, in its truest sense, exists online. Rather than hide from this reality, we believe that it is imperative to empower volunteers to participate in this forum in ways that are meaningful for the candidates and causes they care about.

Our voter contact app, Team, allows volunteers to access their own Facebook data in order to facilitate sincere conversations about civic life between friends.

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How to Prove Scott Walker Right

Talk of a Democratic wave in the fall midterm elections has reached a near-fever pitch.

The latest evidence of the coming tide, at least if you are to believe Republican Governor Scott Walker, was Rebecca Dallet’s election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on April 3rd. Dallet, who had the support of the Democratic establishment, beat out a judge appointed by Governor Walker. This shrank the court’s conservative majority from 5-2 to 4-3. Walker’s response was to warn of a #bluewave “driven by anger and hatred,” which he implores Republicans to “counter with optimism and organization.”

If Democrats want to prove Scott Walker right and show him exactly what a blue wave looks like, we should take his advice and focus on organizing at scale, especially online, so we can mobilize at scale.

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