- Don't target for persuation or GOTV:
A. People who
will never vote
B. People who always vote Republican
C. People who always vote, and always vote Democratic
D. Swing voters who always vote
E. Democrats who only vote sometimes (for GOTV)
F. Swing voters who only vote sometimes (second persuasion)
- Every voter can be placed on this tic-tac-toe grid.
- The rows on the left, "always/sometimes/never vote" can be
provided by the party database, the Voter Activation Network (VAN).
- As you canvass your precinct, always ask voters whether they
intend to vote. Record that information.
- The columns at the top can be provided by VAN in some cases.
- As you canvass your precinct, always ask voters whether they vote
Democratic, or Republican, or for the candidate regardless of the
party. Record that information.
Why we know this will work
The states shown in yellow were "battleground" states in the 2004
With ten more votes per precinct, John Kerry would have won New Mexico,
Iowa, and Ohio.
Ohio alone would have been enough to win the Presidency.
Imagine how much different the country would have been with Kerry the
past 4 years instead of Bush!
With fifty more votes per precinct, Kerry also would have won in
Colorado, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia and Florida.
With a hundred more Democratic votes per precinct, he would have won in
Kansas, South Dakota, Louisiana, Indiana, Kentucky, and South
This year, as unpopular as the Republicans have been, we think even
Texas can become a Democratic state once again.
Chair: a challenging role
- Represent the precinct as voting member of the County Executive
- Serve the Democratic Party
- Provide voters with candidate and party information
- Canvass the precinct**
- Register new voters
- Initiate the precinct convention
- Get Out the Vote (GOTV)
*Precinct coordinators do all of the
above but cannot vote on the CEC until they complete a Precinct Chair
application and are approved by a majority quorum at the monthly CEC
**VAN accounts are not available for Precinct Coordinators.
However, the party office can assist by providing blockwalking lists.
Building Your Precinct Team
First, get to know your precinct
Set a goal for the size of your precinct team
- Know your precinct map: http://www.bexar.org/elections/maps/Precinct/pct1001.pdf
(Put your own precinct number in place of "1001")
- Know the number of registered voters (from the Bexar County
Democratic Party website)
- Know the number of Democratic Voters (from the BCDP website)
- Know the number of Republican Voters (from the BCDP website)
- Estimate the number of unregistered voters
- Survey your precinct's most important issues
Determine the number of voters per team member
- Determine the number of voters per team member
- Determine the number of geographical partitions for your precinct
- The more team members you have, the less workload that will be on
each team member
Determine the number of geographical partitions for your precinct
- The greater the number of precinct team members, the fewer voters
each team member will manage.
Find your precint team
- With four team members splitting up the area of responsibility,
the precinct becomes much more manageable.
Precinct team building contact methods
- Start at home: recruit your family members.
- Include friends, neighbors, members of your church.
- Find recruits at your precinct convention.
- Include community leaders who live in your precinct.
- Find members of local Democratic organizations who live in your
- Find people through the Voter Activation Network (VAN)
- Include union members.
- Find out what contacts the Bexar County Democratic Party (BCDP)
office has who live in your precinct.
Some local Democratic organizations (For
updates, visit http://www.bexardemocrats.org/Clubs.html)
- Party or social event invitation
- Bexar County Tejano Democrats (Charlie Urbina-Jones, chair)
- Bexar County Texas Democratic Women (Ruth Stewart, president)
- College Democrats of UTSA (James Gill, president)
- Democratic Leadership Council (Connie DeLuna, chair)
- New Era Democrats (Ann FitzGibbons and Robert Wurzbach, co-chairs)
- Northeast Bexar County Democrats (John Courage, chair)
- Northwest Democrats (Joyce Dorrycott, chair)
- Bexar County Young Democrats (Jessica Ramos, president)
- Southside Democrats (Gina Castañeda, chair)
- Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio (Roberto Flores and Lynne
- Trinity University College Democrats (Maxwell Fisher, president)
- Eastside Democrats NEW!
- Assign geographic areas of the precinct to your team members