Canvassing Resources

Below are all the resources you'll need to get started knocking on doors and talk to voters this summer!


Swing Left Pledge Tool

Click here to access our new Pledge tool during your canvass. Using this tool, you'll collect data and "commit to vote" signatures from voters. If you encounter any issues using the tool during your canvass, please print out this back up data entry form.


District Primer

Select your Swing District in the pull down menu below for a District Primer with more information about the area you are canvassing and background on the incumbent.


Canvass Script

Click here to review our Summer Challenge canvass script before you start knocking so that you feel prepared for your conversations at the doors.


Best Practices

Check out the best practices and messaging tips in our Attendee Guide to help beef up your canvassing skills.


Online Trainings

Watch to one of our online trainings (available after July 18). Sign up here to participate in an upcoming webinar or to find a recording.


Swing Left Overview Flyer

Swing Left Overview FlyerI Spanish Version to give to voters who are interested in learning more about Swing Left.


FAQs


How do I know which doors to knock?

Your event host will tell you which streets and blocks your group will focus on. You won’t have a list of houses to target, but you can use google maps on your smartphone can help guide you through your canvassing route. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with your target neighborhood before you start walking. It’s fine to start off in pairs as you are getting more comfortable with canvassing. One person can do the talking and the other can jot down responses.


What If I want to canvass in different area?

Your event host will tell you which streets and blocks your group will focus on. You won’t have a list of houses to target, but you can use google maps on your smartphone can help guide you through your canvassing route. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with your target neighborhood before you start walking. If you didn't get a map from your host, use the box below to find recommended neighborhoods for canvassing in your Swing District.


What if nobody wants to sign a pledge?

Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t getting a lot of people to talk to you. You may only register 1-2 people per canvass or get a few commit-to-vote signatures. That is ok - the people you talk to today could be the difference between winning and losing on election day. It may feel slow, but you’re making a critical difference.


What if a Republican asks for help registering to vote?

We’re legally required in all states to provide voter registration to anyone who asks, regardless of their political position.


If you'd like to host your own canvass, take a look at our tips for setting up an event in the Summer Challenge Host Guide.


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