Talking to voters is one of the most important things we can do to influence Swing District elections, particularly because turnout in House races is traditionally so low. Studies tell us that getting voters to “commit” in advance can meaningfully increase turnout (by nearly 4 percentage points!). Swing Left's phonebanking program is focused on asking voters to commit to vote in the 2018 midterms in order to ensure that we have the votes we need to take back the House in 2018.
Phonebanking with Swing Left into targeted Swing Districts is easy to do and can be done from almost anywhere! Swing Left uses a system called CallHub to phonebank, and all you need to be successful with CallHub is a phone, a computer, and a good wifi connection. Check out our 5 steps to phonebanking below to get started!
How to phonebank: 5 easy steps
Step 1: Sign up to host a phonebank
Click here to create a phonebanking event in Action Network - you can check out our Action Network User Guide if you run into trouble. You can also check to see if there are already events scheduled near you by clicking here.
Step 2: Get trained and review our phonebanking host guide
Check out our guide for hosting a phonebank here - it will cover everything you need to know about how to host a phonebank, as well as how to use our phonebanking system, CallHub.
We'll have several online webinars to train folks on how to phonebank, and go over using CallHub. You can sign up for an online webinar, or view recordings of past webinars, here.
Step 3: Create a CallHub Agent ID
A CallHub Agent ID is the username you will use when making calls through CallHub. It's easy to create an Agent ID, and once your Agent ID is created you can use it anytime you want to phonebank with Swing Left. You can create an Agent ID and get started phonebanking here. Our CallHub user guide has instructions for setting up your Agent ID. You should encourage your guests to create a CallHub Agent ID before they come to your event.
Step 4: Review phonebanking materials and get ready for your event
You and everyone at your event can get started phonebanking by going to swingleft.org/phonebank - that portal will take you directly to CallHub. Before you get started making calls, check out our CallHub User Guide, Phonebank Script, Phonebank Tips & Tricks sheet, and a quick guide for how to code your data.
Our script is easy to use - there are four questions we're asking voters. We suggest role-playing with another volunteer before getting started so you can get a feel for how the script flows and make it your own - the most important thing is to make sure you are having a conversation!
A list of materials you should have at your event include:
- Sign in sheet
- Sign up sheet (for future events!)
- Phonebank script (1 per attendee)
- Phonebank tips and tricks (multiple copies)
- How to code your data one-pager (muliple copies)
- CallHub User Guide (1 or 2 copies)
- Phonebank host guide (1 copy)
Pro-Tip: Many of these materials can be re-used! Save things like host guide, tips & tricks, and the data coding guide so you don't have to re-print them for every event.
All the materials can be found at swingleft.org/phonebank-resources
Step 5: Get calling!
In addition to having important conversations with voters, phonebanking is a great way to build team cohesion among volunteers. Additionally, it can be done just about anytime and anywhere! There is no set amount of calls you have to make - do whatever you are most comfortable with. An average caller makes about 20 calls per hour, so you can gauge yourself against that. Have a great time and share your stories with us. Share a group pic, video, or anecdote from your event on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook (or all three!). Don’t forget to include #swingleft or #takebackthehouse so that Swing Left can retweet/repost!
Thank you for phonebanking with Swing Left!