Today I was able to spend some time volunteering on the Jim Carr’s campaign in Winnipeg South Centre. I actually lived in that riding for 7 years and was on the executive when it was held by a Liberal MP, so it was nice to be back in somewhat familiar territory.
There was lots to do and it was a great opportunity to work on some areas that I haven’t normally worked on up until this point. When it comes down to it, there are two basic tasks for a campaign: identify your voters and get them out to vote. As it’s core, it’s all about data collection. There’s no point in identifying your vote if you don’t track it so that you can go back and actually bring those people out on election day. In previous campaigns, it used to be all pen and paper – there’d be lists printed out and volunteers would mark down on a clipboard anything that was said at the doors or on the phones. So now, even though things have gotten more technologically advanced, there is still data to be entered.
Working on our database is just one way I was able to help out today. It’s pretty intuitive once you figure it out and there’s nothing more satisfying than taking a box of information that needs to be entered in the system, and then by the end of the day, having it be completely empty. I also spent some time installing some signs around the riding; I find it exciting to see how many people out there that not only support LPC candidates, but are willing to display that support in such a vocal manner.
No matter the length of time you’ve working in politics, it’s always fun to get out of the office and get back to the basics: door knocking the houses of your riding, installing signs, and getting to interact with the people of a riding. To me, that’s the best part of being involved in campaigns.