Neighborhood Canvass Nets 8 Registrations

Neighborhood Canvass Nets 8 Registrations

Gloria Meyer

Gloria Meyer

The first Gear Up to Vote activity was a neighborhood canvass in the Theresa Terrace neighborhood of west Madison. Gloria Meyer, League member and president of the Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association, helped organize the event, providing street maps, and helping to identify homes with Spanish-speaking adults. Volunteers from the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center distributed colorful flyers last week, to let residents know that the van would be coming. Ten members of LWVDC, two fluent in Spanish, knocked on doors in teams of two or three, offering to assist people with voting. 

"Have you moved since you last voted?"

"Do you know that the polling place for your address recently changed?"

"Do you have a Wisconsin Driver License that you can use for voter photo ID? It doesn't have to have your current address on it."

These were some of the many questions volunteers asked.

State League staff stayed at the Gear Up to Vote van. They offered snacks and information to passersby. 

State League staff stayed at the Gear Up to Vote van. They offered snacks and information to passersby. 

At the end of the evening, volunteers had registered 9 voters, given out 2 absentee ballot request forms, and provided polling place and election information to dozens of residents. 

Door-to-door canvassing can be very effective because people are most likely to have the documentation they need to complete a registration form. In neighborhoods with high turnover, many people need to register to vote, but often have work schedules that make it challenging to get the Clerk's office to register. Providing the information they need at a time and place that is convenient for them increases their participation in elections.

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