Massachusetts Democrats win when we organize precinct by precinct, having conversations with voters about what is at stake in this election. Every weekend, volunteers all around Massachusetts knock on the doors of voters to discuss the issues with their neighbors. Knocking on doors has been proven as a successful winning strategy. Last weekend Natick native Wade Blackman went out canvassing for Elizabeth Warren. Below is his story.
As a parent of a young daughter, my summer weekends tend to disappear quickly. They are booked with plans or trips, or more often a list of chores that had not been finished during the week. However given the important choices in this election, we as a family have committed as much time as possible to reach out to voters in Natick and talk about how Massachusetts needs a Senator like Elizabeth Warren who will vote for the interests of the people of Main Street Massachusetts, not with right-wing Republicans and Wall Street.
I left my house after breakfast to meet up with other volunteers at the home of Sue S. who is a dedicated veteran of Natick political efforts. Sue greeted us with an appreciative smile, delicious goodies, juice and a brief history of Natick politics. The local organizers Kate and Walt trained up the volunteers and gave us the requisite tools for success; literature, pens, stickers, turf, packets and words of encouragement.
Questions having been answered, the volunteers paired off. However, although the turnout was large, the number was odd and I elected to reach out to Natick voters by myself. I took a water bottle for hydration after checking my smart phone and seeing that the temperature was fast approaching ninety degrees.
My turf was completely walkable (no driving necessary) and I knocked on fifty-plus doors. There were several people who were not home but almost everyone I encountered was extremely interested, courteous and appreciative of the fact that volunteers were out on such a hot and humid day talking to voters. Multiple people offered me water. One couple, who were leaving as I approached their home, paused their plans and discussed their concerns in the election with me. After an extensive discussion they said that they had been undecided but were now leaning towards supporting Elizabeth and hoped to hear more from the campaign in the future. Another woman noticed my sticker, thanked me, asked what she can do to help, signed up to be a volunteer and wanted to learn about canvassing.
The majority of the people I met fit into two distinct categories: 1) self-identified supporters or 2) excited supporters who wanted to discuss the important choices in this election. Those whom I called self-identified supporters, quickly expressed their support to Elizabeth, thanked me for doing what I was doing and felt my time was better spent elsewhere looking for more supporters. The excited supporters were incredibly pleased to engage a local volunteer in a conversation about the importance of this election. One of these excited supporters, signed up to volunteer, gave me some lemonade and talked about the importance of canvassing and how one out every fourteen people you meet will end up voting because of meeting with a volunteer.
All in all it was a great way to spend a Saturday morning in the summer. I look forward to similar success this weekend.