Every election cycle, there is a flood of volunteers signing up at campaign headquarters, as well as lots of Democratic activists wondering how they can help from home. Based on hundreds of turnout studies run by progressive organizations, we have some general guidelines about how to best channel volunteers’ energies into turning out more voters (and/or votes).
Overall, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to what is the best use of volunteer time. A key the driving force behind the decision of how to prioritize use of volunteer labor comes down to, within each mode (e.g., canvass, phonebank, letter writing), how many voter contact attempts a volunteer can conduct in an hour.
Author: Analyst Institute, October 2018