Biden’s organizational program got off to a slow start after elementary school. The senior level for critical states like Florida and Pennsylvania wasn’t announced until July, and the campaign aimed to hire only 600 people by the end of June. However, the Biden campaign informed POLITICO that over 2,000 battlefield workers would be employed by the end of August through a coordinated committee with the DNC.
Political scientists disagree on the importance of organizing programs, but it is generally accepted that they can influence a tight race and are particularly effective in helping to identify base voters. Staff say such an organization could be even more important than usual this fall due to the surge in absentee votes.
Reminding voters to fill out their ballot and then collect it ̵
The decision to skip knocking on the door is part of a bigger gamble where voters are doing Biden the honor of taking coronavirus more seriously than Trump. The strategy has expanded to include Biden’s own activities: he was mocked by Trump for fighting out of his basement, even though Biden has ventured to more public events lately. Campaign headquarters in Philadelphia is mostly empty and many new employees are working remotely.
Trump and his campaign were far less reluctant, betting that voters would not be shut down by campaign workers ringing their doorbells. Officials report they work at the Trump campaign headquarters in suburban Washington, DC, where some have said You feel peer pressure do not wear masks.
Some Democratic activists believe Biden’s move to phone and digital will work to his advantage.
“Politics is the last remaining marketing unit – which is essentially a campaign – that uses knocking on doors as a technique,” said Michael Halle, former senior advisor to Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign. “The Trump approach to measuring door knocking is very out of date, and I think the Biden campaign could follow that model if they hadn’t been forced to think differently for acting responsibly during a pandemic.”
The duel approaches are also evident in voting races – a dynamic that scares some Democrats and angered Republicans for their lack of caution. The Democratic Congressional Campaigns Committee said its field workers are being trained for the organization, which is not conducted in person. A spokesman for the Senate Democratic Campaigns Committee was not aware of any Senate Democratic campaigns that advertised personally.
The contrast can even be seen in Montana, with its expanded population and the relatively low number of Covid-19 cases. State Republicans are knocking on the doors for Senator Steve Daines, but Democrats are not knocking on the doors for his challenger, Governor Steve Bullock, who is largely under his leadership during the pandemic
The RNC declined to say whether field workers or volunteers tested positive for Covid-19, but said that an eight-page document containing health protocols including CDC guidelines will be provided to each employee. The committee said it was supplying recruiters with masks and encouraging them to take a few steps back after knocking on the doors. A spokesman added that the committee spent over $ 100,000 on PPE and office cleaning.
“I think it is possible to do this responsibly, preferably not in a state where trends are going in the wrong direction,” he said Dr. Howard Koh, the former assistant secretary of health during the Obama administration. “If someone is outside and staying outside and standing 6 feet away and masks are mandatory – not optional – and have gloves and hand sanitizer, these are acceptable guidelines in my opinion.” Still, he added, “Acquisition can be done virtually and it is the best option at a time like this.”
The partisan divide over personal campaigning reflects the deeper political divisions that have disrupted America’s response to the public health crisis. Republicans are less supportive of mask mandates and are more comfortable going to public places like restaurants and salons than Democrats to polls.
Many Republican lawmakers have rallied behind small business owners who have broken lockdown orders. Some Democratic governors and lawmakers have been much stricter on bans and masked mandates, while Republicans argued that some of the measures cause more problems than the disease.
This gap could make it impossible for democratic campaigns to use door knockers even if they want to. The Progressive Turnout Project, a liberal, deep pocket super-PAC that hired hundreds of sales force this year to knock on doors in competitive states, began sending recruiters back into the field earlier this summer. The group was soon in front a public resignation, an employee who tested positive for Covid-19, and a revolt by subordinate employees over safety, as McClatchy reported first.
Last week the group stopped all door-to-door acquisitions and said its employees – approximately 1,200 in 17 states – would focus on phone calls, text messaging, and “relational organization”.
Alex Morgan, the group’s executive director, declined to be interviewed. When asked if he fears Democrats may be disadvantaged, he said via a spokesman, “We hope the coronavirus situation improves enough that progressives can get back to doors this cycle, but security is a matter of concern first place.”