Throughout 2020 Democratic volunteers in Collier County have been hard at work in support of Democratic candidates and the ideals of our party.
Our goal was simple: Leave it all on the playing field. Do everything we could knowing that every vote would be crucial.
When the Supervisor of Elections inactivated thousands of registered Democrats, our volunteers jumped in, got their names, and started contacting people, restoring as many as possible. Throughout the year we continued our efforts to register voters–no small feat in the middle of a pandemic. The result: On Election Day more Democrats than ever were registered to vote in Collier County.
In support of our get-out-the-vote effort:
— We mailed slate cards to every registered Democrat and like-minded independent voters in Collier County, over 80,000 in total.
— We mailed over 30,000 postcards to voters across the district encouraging them to register to vote, register for a vote by mail ballot, return the vote by mail ballot, and get to the polls.
— We ran radio ads in English and Spanish for the last month of the election cycle, multiple times a day, every day.
— We targeted ads on social media going out to voters on Facebook, Instagram, Apple TV, and Naples Daily News.
— We published ads in the Naples Daily News print edition for the last month.
— We targeted over 40,000 voters with multiple Robo-calls to encourage them to get to the polls.
Our volunteers dropped literature and slate cards to over 20,000 democratic doors with information about the candidates, their polling locations, and how to vote.
— Our volunteers logged over 50,000 calls encouraging vote-by-mail sign up, vote by mail returns, and to vote in person early or on election day.
— Our voter protection team has worked the polls making sure that every voter can vote safely and that their vote gets counted.
Throughout the year, we vigorously recruited volunteers to fill our ranks to help make all the above happen and we developed sophisticated training programs to ensure we got the job done.
We continued to communicate with fellow Democrats and the media through our newsletters, special announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, and more. We distributed signs, hosted fund-raising events, were blessed with so many generous donors who helped support our operations (all that literature, all those stamps, they aren’t free!).
And hundreds of our volunteers pitched in to help candidates up and down the ballot get the word out.
It was a true team effort to ensure that when Election Day was over and the votes counted we could rest assured we did our best.