This provocatively titled article in the New York Times, Jan. 9, 2020, challenges Democrats not to follow the line of least resistance, which is to focus canvassing on groups considered to be the deciders in 2020, such as moderate white voters and suburban women. In SE Pennsylvania, those groups have already spoken in 2017-19, giving Dems a sudden dominance of county offices and representation in H’burg and Washington.
The author, Kristee Paschall, is the director of strategic initiatives at Community Change Action. She writes: “what may be the most effective use of resources is to reach out to a group of voters few strategists are talking about: infrequent voters, who are disproportionately women, people of color and young people.” The organization got outstanding results by door-to-door canvassing within those demographics.
Tantalizingly, she says that implementing this model in states like our own could have changed the presidential election’s outcome in 2016.
She concludes: “Strengthening our democracy isn’t just about Election Day. It is also about building community ties that pull people sitting on the sidelines into public life.”
Rad the article in the New York Times