Don’t call a voter before 9am or after 9pm.

Don’t call a voter before 9am or after 9pm.

Don't call a voter before 9am or after 9pm.

Here’s today’s tip: Don’t call a voter before 9am or after 9pm.

Throughout the campaign, you’ll be working non-stop to identify, persuade and turn out voters. Every minute counts but some minutes are off limits for certain types of contact. I recommend keeping you set 9am and 9pm as the outer bounds of your phone banking. The last thing you want to do is wake them up or interrupt someone at the beginning or end of their day. That’s when people are most perturbed by an unwanted call.

For canvassing, 9:30am is about as early as I ever recommend starting and you shouldn’t go later than 30 minutes before dark. If the street lights are coming on or there are dark shadows on the porch where you’re standing, it’s time to stop. Knocking later is likely to have people more concerned about threats, so you are more likely to spook them.

Work within these time parameters to touch as many voters as possible. It’s going to be your key to victory!

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Raz Shafer

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