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“That’s where an election is decided”

A few days ago, we held our one millionth one-on-one conversation of this campaign. Maine volunteer Matthea has learned over many years how much power this kind of grassroots, person-to-person organizing can have.

“As a little baby I would be at the polls; my parents have always been very involved in Democratic politics, and my godmother was a state legislator. She tried to teach me what democracy was, that we each do have a say. When I was little, I would go with my parents to nursing homes to help with absentee ballots. In my family we have always considered Election Day a holiday. Whether we’re working or not—we make sure we’re out organizing.”

Matthea says she’s going to dedicate a lot of time over the next year to the campaign, because there’s nothing like meeting a person face to face to make a difference.

“We can forget that the simplest change is at the local level, one on one. It’s about knocking on every door in town to talk about what makes us citizens, what keeps us together, and what we can do. I’ve seen the outcome of local elections change because of canvassing and making calls, from local races to the race for governor. During the 2008 presidential election I had a little ticker of people whose minds I had helped change, and in one day I counted 25 people.”

This campaign is about people like Matthea taking the time to talk to friends and neighbors about the issues. Check out how volunteers all over the country are coming out and making a difference.

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