Only by achieving the most votes at the local level can candidates win elections. Since voter turnout is generally low, all one needs to do to win elections is to identify like-minded voters in your neighborhood and assure they vote. This systematic methodology in politics is called Neighborhood / Precinct Organizing and consists of walking the precinct, calling these registered voters, or holding informational meetings for these voters. Anyone can decide to pursue this for their neighborhood in an effort to take back our government from big-government, career politicians who are bankrupting our nation. The power of Neighborhood / Precinct Organizing is evidenced by the fact that Democrats won the key, pivotal states of Ohio and Minnesota in 2008 with only ten additional Democratic voters per precinct.
To get started with Neighborhood / Precinct Organizing you need a “Precinct Map” and “Voter Registration Records”, both of which are available from your county Board of Elections (See our website “Tools” tab), either free or for a nominal fee. The Voter Record information is used to narrow the number of contacted registered voters to a more manageable number of voters, i.e. those who are most likely to be like-minded and willing to vote for the preferred candidate. Use the Step-by-Step instructions under the "Approach" tab to convert the Voter Record into a Neighborhood Walking List. Once you have this Walking List, all you need are a short Script and an informational Door Hanger to get started. Click on the picture to view an instructional video.
Neighborhood / Precinct Organizing will not only Get-Out-The-Votes (GOTV) for elections, but with it you can recruit new volunteers for your organization and improve public visibility of the “Tea Party” movement. Importantly, statistical analysis have shown that voter mobilization campaigns have enduring effects, with 33% of those mobilized for one election continuing to vote in subsequent elections. While Neighborhood / Precinct Organizing used to be the “bread and butter” of campaigns, they are no longer pursued as much by parties since they want centralized control of campaign resources and the message. Additionally, campaign consultants profit more with brokered mass media advertising, professional phone banks, and direct mail.
Using a football analogy, while “Tea Party” rallies are analogous to pep-rallies prior to a game where attendees are excited and motivated by speakers, the actual football game, though, is what decides who ultimately wins. In politics, this “game” is called Neighborhood / Precinct Organizing and it is the only means to win elections! Fortunately, the “Tea Party” movement is well equipped to play this “game” of Neighborhood / Precinct Organizing. It plays right into the “Tea Party” movement’s strengths of having many passionate and well informed volunteers, while mitigating its greatest weakness of not having much money. While Napoleon states “The morale is to the physical in war as three is to one", Heinlein states in his book, Take Back Your Government , that “In politics the ratio expressed by Napoleon is nearer ten to one.” Consistent with this observation, passionate volunteers can each generate 50-150 new votes, while paid, professional precinct workers on average will not deliver more than 10-50 new votes. Experienced volunteers are only slightly more effective than newcomers.
Given that about 76% of registered voters are either conservative or moderate and are upset with career politicians who are bankrupting our country, finding these like-minded voters and assuring they vote in elections is fairly easy. Using a non-partisan message, based on Constitutional principles of limited government, free markets, and individual liberties, will have broad appeal across party lines. This is important in states with ever increasing independent voters, such as Ohio with close to 60% of independent voters. Analyses have shown that in Get-Out-The-Vote efforts, campaigns that were strictly non-partisan were neither more nor less effective than campaigns that organized around an issue or a candidate. Asking citizens if their vote can be counted on and providing them with polling location information will further improve Get-Out-The-Vote turnout. Voters living at the same address also tend to mobilize each other.
It is important to recognize that to win in your precinct only requires that your efforts surpass those of rival precinct organizations. A well-organized Neighborhood / Precinct Organizing effort will not only affect Presidential elections, but can even more easily impact state and local elections. Most people seem to regard the office of President as the only one of importance and the Presidential Election every four years as the "main" election. Nothing could be further from the truth. The most important office in a democracy is the local city councilman or selectman; the most important election is the local caucus or primary and so on up to the "major" offices and the "major" elections. "Minor" candidates have a way of becoming Presidents. Chances are better than two to one that any future President will make his start in one of the minor, local offices which the politically naive hold in contempt. Consequently, if you want to affect the destiny of this your country, take over your own neighborhood precinct with your friends and elect the local officials.
Long term, The Voices of America methodology can become a sustainable “We the People” methodology which keeps politicians’ “feet-to-the-fire” in an effort to assure that our government is once again “of the people, by the people, and for the people”. All the political lobbying, advertising, and candidate money can't buy this capability!