If you are like me, and no longer have a home phone, you likely do not have to worry about the automated campaign phone calls and the volunteer phone banks that kick into high gear once early voting starts. But, there is a way that you can quickly get off that list…unless you want to get calls from Pat Boone as you sit down to dinner.Every evening, County Clerk Stan Stanart releases a list of all of the people who voted during the day, and where they voted. Now, we don’t know who they voted for, but the fact that they showed up, and pushed the cast ballot button is very valuable. The next step, for the more organized campaigns (I have worked for some in the past), is to take that list and run it against their own database of supporters they have gathered through their hard work. Those people who have already voted or returned their mail ballot are then taken out of the list. For example, after the first day of early voting, over 14,000 mail ballots had been returned and almost 5,000 people voted in the two primaries. So volunteers now have 19,000 fewer targets to call to get out to vote, and for those automated calls, which can cost 5¢ or 10¢ per call, that all adds up over the course of a two week early voting strategy.
A really organized campaign will begin to narrow their focus to those people who have a history of Republican primary voting, but who havent turned out yet. This data can also be used for any late mailers that may go out, which becomes an enormous savings for a campaign on a budget.
So to save some campaigns a little money, and maybe your time if you are going to work a phone bank, vote early and encourage your friends to do so as well. Have you voted yet?
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