Historical voter turnout stats for the midterms in CA-04/07

Just how historic was the voter turnout in our part of California? Volunteer Bill Stern pulled historical voting patterns showing there were more votes in this midterm for the Democrats in both CA-04 and CA-07 in all recorded midterm elections since the districts were created in the 1800's.

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What we've accomplished and what we need to finish

This is my last report before the midterm election on November 6th, 2018. Here's what you can do to help. Help us pay for postage. Volunteer for our last canvasses, including Last Weekend Nov 2-5. May sanity prevail, else we are lost.


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Innovative GOTV program lifts voting rate by 4%-10% in two California battleground districts

Program involves carefully developed Democrat-to-Democrat conversations to reactivate lapsed Democrats who usually skip midterm elections

SAN FRANCISCO (AUGUST 14, 2018) -- Today, The California Away Team (CAT), a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) group, announced preliminary results from their GOTV effort. CAT is working this cycle in CA-04 to retire Republican Tom McClintock, and CA-07 to keep a Democratic hold for incumbent Democrat Dr. Ami Bera.

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Report card: Feb 1, 2018

Well we've been at this for several months now and we've designed a report card for ourselves. Our little all-volunteer project that's running on a shoestring has passed a number of milestones. We've proven that our canvassing model and our strategy works to get voter commitments. We've honed the techniques we use to get people who've never canvassed feel comfortable with the idea of canvassing by sending them to ONLY speak to Democrats.

And we've set some ambitious but worthy goals to make a real impact in the midterm elections. So here's our report card showing our goals, how we're doing on them, and what we need in terms of funds to get there.

If you want to support us, and frankly, we're pretty far behind in our fundraising, we need 28 $500 donors to make it to our goal for the entire election cycle. Since we're a superpac we can take corporate checks (and actually, any amount of money so go nuts). Take a moment and put your money where it's been getting canvassers on the ground to turn out the vote 18 months before the election. Donate to us through ActBlue.


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Elk Grove Resistance turns out to re-activate local, lapsed voters!

IMG_20170813_163018.jpgThe California Away Team's District 07 (CA-07) Midterm Election Project took a big step this weekend with the addition of a focused effort in Elk Grove. CA-07 can be logically divided into three (sorta) distinct population centers: "Sacramento" (Rosemont, Arden, Carmichael, Citrus Heights Fair Oaks, etc), Elk Grove, and Folsom.

With over 12,000 midskippers we're hot to ramp up our efforts, and the nice folks of the Elk Grove Resistance are hot to join us . After attending previous canvassing efforts in Sacramento, they decided to 'bring it on home" to Elk Grove.

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Thank you amazing canvassers!

IMG_20170716_171034.jpgThe weather forecast said it was going to be 105 degrees in Sacramento on July 16th, our much anticipated canvassing day.  Some people cancelled.  Over 20 people refused to bow to Mother Nature (was that wise?  Still not sure) and showed up anyway.

We freaked out about the weather, but we decided that by canvassing in cars with air conditioning, we could keep you safe.  We doubled up people in cars and sent each carload out to knock on 25 doors of midterm skipping registered-to-vote Democrats.  The houses of midterm skipping registered Democrats are usually 2-3 blocks apart so walking isn't really an option anyway.  


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How many registered Democrats skip midterms in CA-10?

A good strategy for flipping CA-10 blue is going to require people working on all fronts: those registering new voters (shout out to Register Blue!), those reframing current issues to swing Trump-leaning voters back to Democrats (shout out to Working America's proven Central Valley strategy!) and someone ensuring that our base doesn't skip the election (that's us)!  How important is it to make sure our base doesn't fail to get out and vote?

Important enough to threaten people with plagues of bees.




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Activating midterm skipping Democrats in 2018

In 2012 in CA-07, 280,000 people voted in the race for Congressional seat #7.  Dr. Ami Bera (Democrat) won that seat and Obama won a second term.   In 2014 when there was no Presidential race on the ballot, many people skipped that election.  In 2016 they returned.   How bad is the midterm skipping problem?  This graph makes it clear.



So what are we going to do about it?

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Tshirts for 2016/2012 volunteers

It's time to put in your order for a tshirt if you volunteered this last cycle.  Below the fold you'll see the design I'm setting up for the order.  Volunteer Cheryl McKinney is re-drawing my crude sketch, but it won't look radically different than this.  

If you volunteered while another member of your family (or friend) kept an eye on children or pets, it's certainly ok to order them a shirt as well.  As you have often heard me say, "The revolution needs childcare."   But please do not order shirts for people who didn't volunteer.  You can obtain your ordering link from the Away Team member who was with you.  For Sacramento/Reno/anywhere-else that's Shabbir, or Hope for Arizona that's Shayna, or for New Hampshire that's Michael Rowan.

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