Post Card Writing: It Works

“[A]re handwritten notes effective? Is this explosion of activity the polite flipside of the post-Trump female primal scream – or does it actually get results? Two studies conducted during the Virginia 2017 election cycle indicate that handwritten personal notes and postcards are powerful – both for getting out the vote and for volunteer engagement.

In the first study, the Analyst Institute found a measurable increase in voter turnout among infrequent voters who received a handwritten note…. The study’s ultimate finding: Personal notes and postcard writing has an as good or better effect on voter turnout than the tactic most commonly used by political campaigns [door-to-door canvassing].

Research published in the journal Behavioral Scientist also found that postcard writing had a positive effect on the people writing the postcards because they enjoyed connecting with voters through writing (rather than knocking on doors or making phone calls) and they appreciated the social interaction of writing with friends and neighbors.”

Read more: The Mighty Pen Prevails: In the Digital Age, Handwritten Voter Contact Is a Powerful Secret Weapon

Josh Harder for CA-10 at the DVC

CA-10 candidate Josh HarderJosh Harder, Democratic candidate for California’s 10th Congressional District, spoke at the Democratic Volunteer Center this Saturday. California’s 10th is the closest swing district to Silicon Valley, and a key part of our effort to take back Congress. The Santa Clara County Democratic party brought Josh to the DVC, and Swing Left Peninsula/Swing Left South Bay hosted him at a fundraiser later that same evening at The Foster, a hidden treasure art gallery in Palo Alto. The DVC is a partner for Swing Left, providing logistical support and a meeting location for their swing district campaigns.

A successful primary night for Democrats

It was a highly anticipated primary night in California last night, as numerous Democratic candidates vied for one of the top two spots in critical House races across the state. The top-two primary system means no party is guaranteed a candidate in the general election, but pending a couple of very close races, it appears that at least one Democrat will advance in every competitive district in the state. Gavin Newsom will be the Democratic candidate for Governor, and California will decide between two Democrats — incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein and California State Senator Kevin de León — in November’s senatorial race.

Many local activists and DVC volunteers gathered at our headquarters last night for food, drinks, and early returns on the big screen. Environmental activists who phone banked for Proposition 68 from the DVC were able to celebrate the passage of this investment in conservation and water management.

Eitan Fenson addresses the crowd as DVC volunteers and supporters join local Democrats on primary night, June 5th.

Andrew Janz at the DVC: The most important race of the election

Andrew Janz speaks to the crowd at the DVCAndrew Janz, running to replace Devin Nunes in California’s 22nd District, came to the DVC on Thursday evening and spoke about his effort to unseat Trump’s top enabler in Congress. He also answered questions from the audience about his desire to ensure adequate water supplies for this critical agricultural district, the effectiveness of phone banking and precinct walking, and his pledge to hold at lease four town halls each cycle.

Andrew Kim, Field Director of Flip the 14, got the crowd warmed up with his data-driven presentation on how we can ensure Democratic victories through outreach.

We encourage everyone to support the Janz campaign and the work of Flip the 14 as we work to take back Congress and restore sanity to government!

Bagels with Barney: A conversation with Barney Frank

Join Barney Frank and Anna Eshoo at this critical fundraising event to support the DVC

former Congressman Barney Frank portrait

Saturday, May 19
11:30am — 1:30pm
1121 Harriet St, Palo Alto

The DVC is pulling out all the stops to take back our country — and your generous support will help us continue our work. Donation levels for this event start at $100:

  • Activist Contributor: $100 – $250
  • Donor: $500
  • Benefactor: $1000
  • Patron: $2500

RSVP for this event

Questions? Call 650-208-8953 or email events@demvolctr.org

Day of Action at the DVC

May 5th was a Day of Action for Democrats across America, and the DVC was no exception. We had phone bankers and post card writers (who wrote about 800 post cards in one day!), a Skype call from Congressional candidate TJ Cox, and a visit from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo.

Congressional candidate TJ Cox (CA-21) says hello via Skype as DVC volunteers write post cards in support of Cox and Andrew Janz (candidate, CA-22).

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo spends time with a young Democrat at the DVC’s 2018 Day of Action.

Democrat closes the gap in Arizona

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni didn’t with the 8th Congressional District in Arizona — but her campaign was still good news for Democrats. She lost by only 5 points in a district that went for Trump by 20. She was a remarkable candidate who the DVC was honored and motivated to work for. We phoned, texted and wrote postcards. Some of us were fortunate to meet her when she visited the DVC several weeks ago. Big thanks to all the DVC volunteers who supported her!

Read more:
Republicans won in Arizona last night. But the margin should scare them. (NBC News)
GOP Holds House Seat in Deep Red Arizona, But It’s Way Too Close for Comfort (New York Magazine)
A Republican Victory in Arizona Sets Off Alarms in the GOP (The Atlantic)

Rebecca Dallet Wins Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat

The Democratic Volunteer Center was a phone-banking hub for Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Rebecca Dallet in the final stages of the race prior to the election on April 3rd. Judge Dallet is the latest in a wave of Democratic and Democratic-supported candidates to outperform historical election returns, winning by an impressive 12 percentage points.

Read more about Judge Dallet’s election and what it means for Democrats:
‘Blue Wave Builds’ In Wisconsin’s Supreme Court Election (Wisconsin Public Radio)
The Wisconsin Supreme Court election shows the blueprint for a Democratic wave (Vox)

A full house at the DVC Open House

It was a full house as we celebrated the 2018 opening of the Democratic Volunteer Center with an open house Friday evening. Supporters, donors, volunteers, and local elected officials filled the building to meet, mingle, and discuss the current and future plans of the DVC.




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Democratic Volunteer Center Phone-Banks at Eshoo Summit for Pennsylvania’s 18th District

DVC phone bank at Anna Eshoo eventOn Sunday, March 11, the Democratic Volunteer Center played a major role at an activist summit hosted by Anna Eshoo (CA-18) in Palo Alto. Eshoo had asked the DVC to do the impossible: transform a hotel conference room into a phone-banking center in less than an hour. Showcasing the ingenuity and technical know-how of the DVC, 42 volunteers set up a fully operational call center with networked calling stations. After just one hour, 43 callers had made 598 calls to contested precincts in Pennsylvania’s 18th District, helping the victorious Democrat Conor Lamb defeat Rick Saccone. Among those who joined the stable of volunteers was Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.