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1. Neighborhood/ Block Walk (Canvassing)

I encourage you to try this even if you think you can’t talk to people. You can go with a partner and see how it is done. You aren’t knocking on just any door; you will be given a list of addresses in a neighborhood for people who are likely voters. Most of the time when you knock, no one answers, and you leave a door hanger. You get some fresh air and exercise, soak up a little Vitamin D, and help to get my name in front of voters. A win for everyone!

2. Phone Bank calling

If I can do it, you can do it. Smile when you talk, because it really does help. For every 10 numbers you dial, you might reach one person, so get busy and don’t fret over making that first call. Sometimes, those are the most fun of all. We will provide you a script, but don’t be afraid to personalize them (for style, not substance.) If you start off with a friendly demeanor and identify yourself as a volunteer, only one in a million people will be nasty to you. Most will be either friendly or frank about wanting to get off the phone. Once in a while, you have a great chat with a person who will reinforce your commitment and passion for the political process.

3. Deliver yard signs

We will get calls and emails from supporters who want signs. We will also seek out supporters with prime property for big 4′ x 8′ signs: residential or retail corners, fences on key roads, etc. If you can deliver yard signs, great. Go ahead and put them up in the yard, but not in the right-of-way. If you’ve got a truck, you can help with the big signs.

A few key rules to live by:

Do not put signs up without permission, especially in the public right-of-way.

Do not take down, deface, or otherwise mess with other candidates’ signs.

We will need help picking up signs within 30 days after the election. If you can recruit a team of people to help, what a tremendous help that would be!

4. Data Entry

If data entry is your thing, think about helping out there. When volunteers return from phone-banking, and when donations come in, someone has to log them into the computer. That could be you. Accuracy is very, very important. So you will need to take your time and get it right. We use this information to plan future block-walks and phone banks, and rely upon it for mandatory finance reports.

5. Host a Meet & Greet

Since I am a first-timer running for office, name recognition among voters is almost as critical as donations. If you can invite your neighbors over for coffee on a Saturday morning or wine on a weeknight for a "meet & greet" event, that would be extremely helpful.  We will determine together how long the event should be, what time works, and who should be invited. This is a great way to meet new people.

If you can’t host an event, please consider coming to one in your area, and bring a friend or two. Hosts are always grateful for a good turn-out.

This doesn’t have to be a fundraiser, but as campaigns get closer and closer to election day, the focus will be on fundraising events.  So, get on the calendar early if this is how you want to participate.

6. Collect and donate office supplies

Every campaign needs copier paper, clipboards, pens, highlighters, dry erase boards and markers. Ask us periodically exactly what we need. After talking with us, make a wish list, and ask several friends to help you play Santa once or twice during the campaign. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for coupons. Make sure you coordinate with my campaign so that they can track your donation according to campaign regulations, and so that you don’t overwhelm us with unnecessary items.

7. Bring food

A campaign, like an army, marches on its stomach. Donuts on the weekend for block-walkers are great, but think about food that comes from legitimate food groups beyond pizza and tacos for the staff and hardcore volunteers. You might remember vegans volunteer on campaigns, too, and need your love. Breath mints, hand sanitizer, and napkins, etc., are a nice touch, too.

8. Work polling locations during early voting and on Election Day

This is critical. You stand outside our polling place, wearing a campaign shirt/button/sticker, offering voters small cards (called push cards, probably because you are supposed to push them into people’s hands) with my name, picture, and campaign platform reduced to a few snappy words or phrases. But don’t just offer the cards—ask people to vote for me. Be polite, and, despite what the cards are called, don’t be pushy.

“Hi! We sure would appreciate your vote for Steve Negron for NH House of Representatives,” is a great way to start. Most people will walk past you quickly, smiling and nodding or ignoring you. A few might ask you questions. Be prepared for the people who respond by asking why with a few short reasons. “Steve really knows how to build consensus among people with different views, and I think our state really needs someone who can lead like that,” or “Steve has always been a champion for young people, and I think it is critical that we have a State Representative who understands how to make Nashua and the State safe for the future.” Of course, you can always refer them to the website for more information if someone asks .

A few might want to get hostile, or at least ask questions to distract you when it is clear they aren’t going to vote for me no matter what you say. Thank them for their time and walk away so that 1) you don’t waste time arguing and miss other voters, and 2) others don’t see you arguing and get so disgusted with politics that they skip my race or vote for the other person.

9. Donate money and raise money

To earn votes, I have to connect with voters. Those connections are phone calls, emails, handshakes at events, articles in the newspaper, eyeballs on signs, etc., and even with a tremendous volunteer base, my campaign will need to raise and spend money to make these things happen. If you can’t write a big check, consider making a monthly gift of a smaller amount to help with cash flow. And, consider bundling. If you get ten friends to each give $10, and my campaign finds ten other people to do that, it adds up.

10. Talk to people (while wearing a campaign t-shirt)

One thing I love about New Hampshire is that you can strike up a conversation with any grocery store checker, waitress, or even a person in an elevator.   One-on-one contact is the Secret Sauce!

Bottom Line…

Be friendly and talk to people. Tell them about me. Tell them you are volunteering, what you are doing, and why you think it matters. Be nice, be friendly, and keep it short, but give them a reason to have a strong positive association with me. You never know, but you might convince someone to vote for me just on the strength of that one interaction.

Remember, if you're volunteering for my campaign, you are an extension of me.  Respect is a two-way street.

11. Get busy on the internet

There’s a famous campaign saying you should know: “Signs don’t vote!” Aside from being obviously true, inasmuch as signs lack opposable thumbs or rights under the Constitution—so far, that is—it means that you should never assume that the quantity of signs you see equals the number of possible votes.

Internet comments don’t vote, neither do Facebook posts, tweets, or even hilarious .gifs. Still, all of those things play a role.

Play nice. Speak truth. Be brief. Comment first on an article about me, and say something positive without resorting to mudslinging about the other candidates. That helps get the message out, and makes the people who comment after you look silly.

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