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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New GOTV study on minority precincts

There's an Irvine Foundation study out that might be of interest to some of the political consultants out there who read this blog in particular.

"New Experiments in Minority Voter Mobilization" (careful, that's a .pdf) may be extremely awkward as a report title (using the words "experiments" and "minority" together is really awful), but the truth is that this James Irvine Foundation-funded study will be of interest to anyone obliged to ponder the murky science of GOTV in minority communities.

The study concludes, for instance, that information-rich scripts are more effective than quick calls; that robo-calls are mostly useful not for GOTV (get out the vote) but merely for confirming phone numbers; that neighborhood legacy organizations don't necessarily do well at GOTV when moving into precincts new to them; that canvassing too early may work against a campaign.

More here at California Progress Report. I took part in a conference call with some of the study's researchers yesterday; the Irvine Foundation got its money's worth and then some with this one. The report should be of special interest to City political consultants, who cannot seem to muster much voter enthusiasm when their candidates aren't hitched to national or state elections.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry Joseph but we're suppose to be in a state of emergency and look what the idiot Mayor is doing? This is costing the tax payers $450,000. DWP spends $100 million in overtime and the idiot Mayor has them doing stupid shit like going after people for wasting water. Isn't this America???

....And the crew will begin work following up on 167 reports of water waste the DWP has received since June. "If you get caught wasting water, you can expect a friendly reminder and other helpful information from our team," said the DWP acting general manager, Robert Rozanski, who stressed the Drought Busters' message of "positive reinforcement."

The DWP has assigned 15 current employees to the program, which costs roughly $450,000 a year. On most days, six Drought Busters will be cruising the streets in Toyota Hybrid Prius vehicles bearing the Drought Buster logo.

Los Angeles is facing a serious water shortage, though not yet considered an emergency yet. Lack of rainfall has made 2007 the driest year on record.

November 14, 2007 6:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's fine to have a number to call if you see a broken sprinkler (which is more often on public property) or someone usually gardener watering the street every day after cutting the grass. (Since they're not supposed to use the loud leaf blowers, these idiots water the streets, even soak your car as you go by.) People should be reminded not to water mid day, to set sprinklers for night when water doesn't evaporate right off. Common sense stuff.

But main thing, they should run separate pipes with the brown water they want to put into our homes to agricultural uses, which is 80%.

November 14, 2007 12:03 PM  

Blogger Shaun said:

GOTV robo calls are useless and our data shows that they actually suppress the vote and convince people to vote for the other side.

There is a new group, non-partisan and non-profit, that has created a site to allow voters to register their phone number to stop pols from calling them at home.


November 15, 2007 7:40 AM  

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