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Wed Dec 13, 2017, 10:28 AM

What the NAACP did to GOTV and win for Dems in a deep red state

Al Giordano's Twitter thread:

Just spoke with a source in the Mobile (AL) County NAACP. Here are some things that are happening today on the ground in Alabama that did not happen in the 2016 election. Thread:

The state NAACP instructed its local branches to call every registered voter in the state who did not vote in 2016. The Lower Alabama chapter made it through the entire list successfully. A dozen paid canvassers have been going door to door in the Mobile area all week. That did not happen in 2016,

What was last year an ad hoc effort by “a group of friends” to offer rides to the polls is today more than a dozen organizations doing rides-to-the-polls with resources for drivers. Once the Jones campaign had money it bought billboards in African-American neighborhoods with the election date and a quick blurb about Jones.

This was not on highways but in places where one normally sees fast-food or cigarette ads. The Mobile NAACP crunched the numbers and showed local pastoral leadership that whatever they had done in recent years to turn out voters wasn’t working. The pastors then pushed for and got resources to do congregation-wide robo calls and voter reg tables at church events.

At school alumni parties the local NAACP handed out several thousand flyers with election dates, registration deadlines, absentee deadlines, voter ID requirements. They also brought these paper reminders door to door in a canvass. Mobile is one of the redder counties in Alabama.

Even larger efforts have done many of the same things in Montgomery, Huntsville, Birmingham and the so-called Black Belt since resources arrived in mid-November. Beyond the NAACP, there are many other black voter mobilization groups with boots on the ground in AL communities doing similar, extremely important work.

One of them is The Ordinary People Society (TOPS). TOPS registered 5,000 in 22 jails and 10 prisons in the last two weeks! Note: These resources were provided by many of you. We raised $10,000+ here on Twitter in a single evening for the Jones campaign. Many others did the same with their networks. This thread shows how much of it was spent on field organizing.

Nothing like these grassroots efforts happened in 2016 in Alabama. The people who have been doing them are feeling good today. They think they have a shot. And they’ll be working hard until polls close to make it so. These reports are also consistent with how the DNC spent money to win special elections in Virginia and other states. More money for field and GOTV. Less for TV ads. This is the @TomPerez era at work. End memo.



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Reply What the NAACP did to GOTV and win for Dems in a deep red state (Original post)
ehrnst Dec 2017 OP
treestar Dec 2017 #1
pangaia Dec 2017 #6
iluvtennis Dec 2017 #21
mia Dec 2017 #2
Zoonart Dec 2017 #3
Raster Dec 2017 #27
LonePirate Dec 2017 #4
BadgerMom Dec 2017 #11
bettyellen Dec 2017 #5
peggysue2 Dec 2017 #7
brush Dec 2017 #10
Roland99 Dec 2017 #8
octoberlib Dec 2017 #9
Dopers_Greed Dec 2017 #12
calimary Dec 2017 #16
pandr32 Dec 2017 #13
blue neen Dec 2017 #14
zentrum Dec 2017 #15
Fred Sanders Dec 2017 #17
bigtree Dec 2017 #18
spike jones Dec 2017 #19
denvine Dec 2017 #20
kimbutgar Dec 2017 #22
sofa king Dec 2017 #23
mountain grammy Dec 2017 #24
onetexan Dec 2017 #25
BumRushDaShow Dec 2017 #26

Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 10:29 AM

1. Awesome

And a swing state model for 2020.

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Response to treestar (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 10:50 AM

6. Swing stat hell.. EVRY STAT!!

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Response to treestar (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 12:30 PM

21. ++++++++++++Agree

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 10:33 AM

2. Great news!

Thank you NAACP!

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Response to mia (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 10:37 AM

3. N/T

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the Congressional Black Caucus has been leading the way in the fight against Trump and his minions for the last year and the win in Alabama is their crown jewel.
Thank you so much CBC.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 01:33 PM

27. Absolutely! They are the Heroes and Sheroes of the Alabama election.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 10:37 AM

4. The AL NAACP are American heroes and patriots. Absolutely phenomenal job and GOTV effort.

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 11:44 AM

11. +1000

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 10:43 AM

5. I'm so glad you posted this! Thank you.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 11:17 AM

7. Thought Giordano's last point . . .

was instructive:

These reports are also consistent with how the DNC spent money to win special elections in Virginia and other states. More money for field and GOTV. Less for TV ads. This is the @TomPerez era at work. End memo.

Perez may be quiet but the guy is a quick study and gets results.

Congrats once again for all the hard work and energy! It paid off beautifully.

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 11:29 AM

10. A lot of people were writing off Perez without giving him a chance but he's shown he knows how...

to work with the AA community, a big party of our party's base, to get out the vote and not just take them for granted.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 11:22 AM

8. K&R

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 11:27 AM

9. I read this earlier and sent it to Jeff Jackson , my rep in NC state Senate

He's working on a plan to take back the General Assembly.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 11:44 AM

12. Black voters were the deciding factor in this election

We need to repeat this in every election.

Pukes are going to amp up their voter suppression now.

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Response to Dopers_Greed (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 12:03 PM

16. Absolutely. I am so glad to see this Perez era

take hold. The impact so far has been MOST satisfying. Tom Perez’s track record so far has been exemplary - as are his results.

About damn time!!!

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 11:45 AM

13. Yes we can!

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 11:50 AM

14. They deserve a lot of credit!

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 12:01 PM

15. Yes! Local people

...from the African American community filled the void.

Hope so much that Jones is a good Senator who fights hard on their behalf.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 12:25 PM

17. VOTE OR DIE! Really liked that one.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 12:28 PM

18. k&r

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 12:28 PM

19. A good victory in Alabama,

but with a 38% voter turn-out, the Death Knell for democracy is still ringing.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 12:29 PM

20. Thank you NAACP!

You helped in bringing us hope!

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 01:02 PM

22. I love what they did

But watch the gop in the the Alabama legislature find ways to make what they did illegal. Voter suppression 2.0. You can see them seething over jones win. Rethugs can never win without cheating and making it harder to vote.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 01:04 PM

23. Bless you, NAACP!

It occurs to me that in most states, registration typically lasts through the next election cycle, which may mean that all those folks who hurdled Alabama's insidious, "require picture IDs and then close every DMV in an AA district" move should be on deck and prepared to take on the racists next year, too.

For the better part of this decade I've been pointing out that Republican election theft mechanisms are all based on a sagging demographic house of cards, where the GOP is actually accidentally creating the social change vectors (i.e., poverty) which can destroy them. Since every Republican tactic is designed to shift a small margin of votes, as soon as the demographic focus shifts just a few percent, the theft mechanisms no longer work, and the Republican collapse has an increasing chance of being total, overnight, and in some states, possibly even in before the next census can be used to gerrymander districts.

Honestly, I think all that is ten years away, and what's left of the US by then won't be worth saving. But for those of you who require a glimmer of hope, there it is: the destruction of the Republican Party will look exactly like last night, only 50 times larger.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 01:13 PM

24. Support the NAACP any way you can

The ACLU too. Both fighting for all of us.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 01:16 PM

25. Thank you for posting this valuable information

i wish this was done for the 2016 general election but hindsight is 20 20.
Here in TX we are trying to turn the state blue. Similar to Alabama, we need to reach out to the large Hispanic population. People need to understand this is a fight for the survival of our democracy, against fascism and the GOP agenda to move our country to the right.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 01:21 PM

26. K&R

That's what OFA actually did back in 2008 to help get Obama elected - grassroots slogs right in the community.

TV ads become irritatingly repetitive and people are tuning them out more and more - especially when you have a blizzard of them right before an election. Having someone in a store handing out flyers or those billboards in isolated and forgotten towns and neighborhoods actually help shift those communities into being participants and "part of the conversation" when it comes to their futures.

Here in Philly, we always had what they call "street money" or "walking around money", which was party money to pay for canvassers and for people to transport folks to the polls.

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