COVID19 is affecting every part of our lives. Running a door-to-door campaign after COVID19 will be a new experience for everyone. We want you to keep in mind that although the all clear may be given, we are going to be living in a post-covid world.
Door-to-door canvassing is still important for your campaign. It is important to consider your volunteer’s health, as well as your future constituents health. You don’t want half of your volunteer staff sick at home! And you don’t want to be the campaign that went around and spread a virus! You can accomplish this by following a few key strategies; social-distancing, PPE, and good hygiene.
COVID19 – Maintaining social distancing while canvassing
Social distancing may remain popular after the COVID19 pandemic dies down, after all, it is an efficient method of slowing it down. Voters and volunteers may have this social habit ingrained in them throughout the year, therefore you should be prepared. Manage your canvassers and volunteers using an online platform to ensure proper distancing. You can do this with CampaignElect! Meeting up in large groups to strategize and distribute lists of voters to your canvassers should be a thing of the past.
Going door-to-door should only occur after an all-clear, but people are still going to be hesitant to be near groups of people. Break your canvassers up into smaller groups to cover more ground and meet more voters. You can distribute basic training on how to meet voters in the post-COVID world.
COVID19 – PPE for your volunteers
You should take this as an opportunity to brand some PPE with your campaign. If your volunteers don’t feel comfortable without PPE make sure they wear yours! This is a good opportunity to spread awareness of your campaign as well as meet local needs in regards to their well-being and health. Don’t let it go to waste!
COVID19 – proper hygiene
Once again I’m presenting you with another good canvassing and awareness tool. Once the initial outbreak has subsided, you should order hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and other sterile goods and paper goods. Get your campaign or cause on the perishables! Give these out and garner yourself some goodwill and awareness.
You should also provide your volunteers with plenty of hand sanitizer to make it through their days.
Don’t read this article and rush out to buy this now! We are still in pandemic mode and don’t need a rush of more purchases that are going to sit somewhere for months. Use these ideas in the months to come when the supply chains are better adjusted and the pandemic has slowed.
There is an election coming. There will be canvassing and you need to be prepared. Use an online platform to organize your volunteers and your campaign staff. Get your volunteers PPE if they request it and make sure you have your campaign on it. Give out excess PPE to voters and people you meet. Don’t forget helping out with hygiene for your volunteers. Provide campaign hand sanitizer and sanitizing products. Once again, you can give excess out as campaign awareness gifts.
We’re going to beat this thing. We’re going to be prosperous again. But I don’t want to say everything will go back to normal. The world will have changed. Face masks during sickness and more awareness of social distance will stay. Therefor you should adapt your efforts to ensure victory.
Good luck out there.