July 21, 2018 — Voter contact canvasses in Colorado and Florida
Fair Share Action is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in the only way it knows how: striving to hit a new and ambitious goal of knocking on over 600,000 doors across Colorado and Florida before Election Day in support of candidates who will stand up for a fair economy and a stronger democracy.
We know that it’s hard to believe that ten years ago we were all on the precipice of electing then-Senator Obama to the presidency amidst a melting economy. Sadly, it goes without saying that so much of what we have achieved since is again fragile, whether we are looking at the continued rollbacks of our consumer protections, the short-sightedness of our nation’s new tax policy, the repeal of net neutrality, or the shrinking of our public lands.
Nevertheless, we are more inspired than ever. The memories from ten years ago, coupled with collective sound of the five million doors we have knocked on across 16 states since then, will keep us moving until polls close on November 6th. Our field teams are right now holding critical conversations with voters at their doorsteps about the future of Florida, Colorado, and our nation as a whole.
Know that we just celebrated our 455,000 knock of the cycle this past Saturday afternoon.
With seven field offices now up and running in Greeley, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Grand Junction, and Denver, we trust our work will make all the difference in critical gubernatorial and state legislative contests.
Just this past week, too, we were excited to announce that Fair Share Action launched an additional voter contact office in Pinellas County, Florida, where our canvassing teams will be hitting the doors in support of Senator Bill Nelson, Andrew Gillum for Governor, and Lindsay Cross for State Senate District 24. We have a goal of hitting 20,000 doors before Election Day in this critical swing area of the state.
New York’s 22nd
Fair Share Action made a significant investment in New York’s 22nd Congressional District, supporting pro-environmental challenger, State Representative Anthony Brindisi, who is running against incumbent Rep. Claudia Tenney. Our outreach to voters was multi-modal–utilizing cable and broadcast TV buys, including digital communications and live phone calls. Our goal was to educate voters on the incumbent’s recent votes against clean air and clean water protections.
Our Track Record
Fair Share Action combines strategic communications and grassroots action to influence the ballot box. Door by door, vote by vote, Fair Share Action is building an economy and a democracy that work for all of us.
Fair Share Action has played a vital role in independent field efforts by running one of the most sophisticated door-to-door electoral field operations over the last four election cycles.
Since 2008, the Fair Share network of organizations has run campaign offices in twelve states– from Colorado to Florida to New Hampshire — training organizers to knock on over 5 million doors and have face to face conversations with voters, encouraging them to get out to the polls for candidates that believe in a fair and sustainable economy.
To ensure our message reaches the maximum number of voters and penetrates the busy lives of people, we do outreach at the doorstep, often layering targeted mail, television and online communications on top of our targeted door program.
In 2016, Fair Share Action and its partner organization invested more than $8,000,000 on election programs. In Colorado alone, Fair Share Action’s field operation knocked on nearly 700,000 doors, educating and turning out voters in support of Hillary Clinton, Senator Michael Bennet, and a multitude of candidates running for state legislature. Colorado’s electoral votes went unanimously for Hillary Clinton.
Our teams also worked to turnout voters in Central Florida, working with partner organizations to knock on over 120,000 doors in the Tampa area.
Case Study: Fair Share Action’s 2014 Colorado Ground Game in Action
In 2014, Fair Share Action ran the largest independent field operation in Colorado – knocking on nearly 1 million doors from August to Election Day and sending out over 2,000 canvass shifts in the last four days. Our efforts helped turn out the voters needed to re-elect Gov. John Hickenlooper; and increased turnout in critical state legislative races needed to keep a Democratic majority in the State House. We focused our field efforts in 11 out of Colorado’s 14 most populous counties. Defying the national trend, in these counties, turnout among eligible Colorado voters increased by 4% in 2014 as compared to turnout of eligible 2010 voters (the last competitive Senate election in Colorado outside of a presidential year).