Overview of the El Dorado County voter universe

The El Dorado County (EDC) Democratic Party, which is running a CAT-style voter reactivation project in their county, has studied the voter universe most amenable to re-activation. It is this universe that we are focusing on as we volunteer to canvass for their events.


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Flyers to spread the word about canvassing for 2020

Do you have an event coming up? A debate watch party? Don't forget that 2020 cycle design volunteer Cheryl McKinney has made these handy flyers you can print out, four to a page, that people can use as a reminder to get involved in the 2020 Election.


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Outline of relationship between CAT and local committees in 2020 cycle

Partnership Outline

California Away Team and Local, Coordinating Entities


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Innovative Get Out The Vote (GOTV) program raised voting rates in 2018 general election

Innovative Get Out The Vote (GOTV) program raised voting rates in 2018 general election

Raises average voting rates for midterm skipping Democrats by 7%-9% vs untouched population

January 25, 2019, San Francisco, California -- The California Away Team (CAT) treasurer Shabbir Imber Safdar announced results today from its direct voter contact GOTV program conducted during the 2018 midterm election cycle in CA-04 (Tom McClintock-R) and CA-07 (Ami Bera-D).

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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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