FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2015
DC Vote Summer Canvass Reveals Residents Fed Up with Congress and Ready to Fund National Campaign for DC Democracy
Door-to-door effort draws 5,000 new DC residents into fight for equality; raises $100K
The results are in on DC Vote’s summer canvass operation in DC’s neighborhoods, and the numbers show that people from every part of the community support strong efforts to give Americans in the District equal democratic rights. The democracy canvassers began knocking on doors in May, and as of September 14 the numbers tell the story:
- Knocked on 35,864 doors
- Enlisted 5,541 new supporters
- Secured 2,833 new contributions
- Collected over $100,000 for the cause
And DC residents aren’t just supporting DC Vote with money. Over the course of the summer, canvassers secured more than 1,100 action letters urging Mississippi Representative Steve Palazzo to focus on his own district. Palazzo attached an amendment to the District’s fiscal year 2016 spending bill that would overturn local legislation to protect workers against employment discrimination based on reproductive health choices.
“We set out to raise awareness and measure self-determination among District residents, and the result has far exceeded our expectations,” said DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry. “By bolstering community involvement and funds to build a stronger DC Vote platform, our community is showing the nation that we are organized, and serious about taking our message around the country to garner broader support.”
DC Vote’s national outreach effort is already yielding results. Significant national digital and social media campaigns have added thousands of new supporters for DC equality from around the country. DC Vote is also mobilizing and has travelled to four states over the summer, and secured allies in more than a dozen other states.
The DC Vote canvass visited residents in every District ward and touched people in nearly every neighborhood. The effort will continue through the fall.