(Closed) Would You Volunteer To Support Your Favored Political Candidates Campaign?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would You Volunteer To Help On Your Favored Political Candidates Campaign?
    Yes- I would volunteer OR I am currently volunteering : (16 votes)
    46 %
    No- I haven't volunteered and I wouldn't : (4 votes)
    11 %
    Maybe-- it would depend how strongly I felt : (10 votes)
    29 %
    Obligatory other : (1 votes)
    3 %
    I like polls : (1 votes)
    3 %
    eff politics. : (3 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 4
    Member
    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I said other because I totally WOULD volunteer, but only if I lived in an area where I felt like my volunteering would actually matter. If an election was really close in my state, for example, I would volunteer, or if voter turnout was historically really low in my area, etc. I live in NYC, though, and the candidates that I support usually win by a lot anyway. So… I’ve bever actually volunteered. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I volunteered for the Governers race in a non swing state, a state that only two counties dictate the entire states outcome.  It was an amazing experience, working hard and late with people that believe the same things you do, and I feel we did make a huge difference our candidate won!

    It was really gruelling hard work, I worked part time also, and then devoted the rest of my time to this campaign.  I learned alot about the process, what’s important, how to read detail bills and how to explain the meaning to other people.  I used that in a future job I had in which I had to interpret huge contracts and explain them.  I suggest everyone should volunteer just for the experience.

    Post # 7
    Member
    6207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I might volunteer if I felt strongly enough, but so far I have not.

    Post # 8
    Member
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’d much rather see more people volunteering than these massive corporate campaign donations. Makes me actually believe that the system works, rather than watching some massive corporation buy themselves a politician.

    Post # 9
    Member
    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @stillme:  I live in Los Angeles so it’s pretty clear which way we vote.  But there are volunteer phone bansk here where volunteers reach out to voters in swing states/areas.  So even if you don’t live in a swing state  you can still have an impact.

     

    I’ve volunteered on local elections.  SInce the scale is much smaller I truly felt like my work made a difference.  I wish I had more time in my life right now to volunteer for some of the local races and proposition on the ballot.

    Post # 10
    Member
    4479 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I would volunteer for a candidate that I think could really do our city/state/country a lot of good.  But I’m suspicious of anyone who wants to be a politiician in the first place, so I don’t see it happening.

    Post # 11
    Member
    1361 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I volunteered in 2004 on election day.  I went knocking on the doors of people registered to vote with my party and reminded them to vote and offered to arrange transportation to the polling place if they needed it.  I’m not sure it really did that much since it was like mid-morning and very few people were home, but I’m still very glad that I did it.

    Post # 12
    Member
    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I would volunteer for a candidate, especially a local candidate, that I really believed in. I just registered to vote, so I haven’t really been involved in politics before but I hope to be in the future.

    Post # 13
    Member
    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I don’t “do” politics and don’t even vote.

    Post # 14
    Member
    119 posts
    Blushing bee

    I volunteered in 2008 for Obama in my neighboring state of Nevada. It was pretty interesting. We drove from the Bay Area to Reno and canvassed in some of the working-class suburbs. We had a couple of person-sized dogs try to murder us in someone’s front lawn, met people who were pretty anti-Obama (even though the only people we visited were registered democrats!), and people who had been visited 10 times before and were practically willing to vote for the other guy if we bothered them one more time!

    I’m not sure how much impact our efforts had, but Nevada went blue (which felt gratifying) and we had a very eye-opening experience to different ways that people live their lives. No regrets.

    Not sure if I will volunteer this year (even though I am very passionate about the race and pro-Obama, and even feel like the difference is starker this time), maybe because I feel that Nevada is in the bag. 🙂

    Post # 15
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    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Im not particularly fond of either presidential candidate so I would not volunteer for either.  However, if somehting came up locally I felt strongly about, I may consider it.

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