A winning strategy for states where delegate are directly voted for on the ballot...Submitted by rslonake on Mon, 05/07/2012 - 14:13
I got to the polls early and set up a "Ron Paul' table with super brochures, some interesting facts, comparison sheets, and delegate cards. Although I did not stand at the table, I was there if anyone had questions.
What I did (and it worked)...
1. To everyone who came to vote, I said, "Here are the republican delegates, we vote for our delegates right on the ballot in PA. Please vote for these delegates." I then handed them a delegate card, some declined and I said thanks for coming out to vote.
2. Anyone who had questions, I listened and had a discussion.
This was very effective:
In my town Romney got 150 votes, Dr. Paul received 50 votes, Santorum 30, and Gingrich 20. But when the delegate counts were totaled Dr. Paul's delegates won the top 4 slots, and 3 of the 4 alternate slots. Unfortunately, in the larger distric count we did not win. But in places where we had poll workers we did VERY well... we need someone at every poll.
Some important things to consider--- smile and say thank you--- don't ask people personal questions like "Are you voting republican today" or "Who do you support--- these are immediate turn offs for many people. Just say something like "Here are the republican delegates, we vote for our delegates right on the ballot. Please vote for these delegates."
Some interesting and humerous comments I heard:
1. "What is a delegate?"
2. "I am here to vote, but not for Dr. Paul."-- I just smiled and handed her a delegate card; since I wasn't right at my table she didn't know who the delegates supported.
3. An older man was at the polls representing the GOP- I overheard him saying to someone, about me, "He's just handing out delegate information, that's not important." HAHA
There were 2 GOP folks alternating througout the day (I was there from beginning to end)- neither voted for Romney- 1 voted for Santorum and 1 voted for Dr. Paul--- THE POINT IS- there is almost NO enthusiasm for Romney, people are voting for him because they want to vote for the 'winner'- but we all know it's the delegates that count. DO NOT BE CONFRONTATIONAL, just get the delegate cards in peoples' hands.
One final thing- although the GOP people at my polling place were very friendly, I heard that others at different polling places were not. DO NOT LET THEM PUSH YOU AROUND OR TELL YOU WHERE TO STAND. Keep an appropriate distance from the door and be friendly to all voters(notice a theme here).
I hope this helps my friends in states where you have direct voting for delegates.