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The Procrastinator’s Guide to Phonebanking

If you’ve procrastinated about volunteering for a presidential campaign this season, few precious hours remain to get your fill of phonebanking. Bwog Daily Editor Mariela Quintana has compiled the following Procrastinator’s Guide to Phonebanking.


Bwog could not find any information about phonebanking for McCain, but the candidate’s website offers a comparable alternative. (You must sign up as a volunteer in order to gain access to site.) Instead of going to a community headquarters, volunteers sign-up to phone bank online and then the site provides them with a script and person and telephone number to contact in Virginia. Once the volunteer calls and asks the appropriate questions on the script, he has to record the outcome on form that the website also provides.


Obama phonebanking requires actually going to a community location.  Although the initiative started in New York on Saturday, it will be running through Tuesday.

The Obama website lists tons of public/community centers in Manhattan and the other boroughs that are hosting phonebanking sessions. Unlike the McCain site, the Obama site is really easy to use.  After you key in your zip code (for 10027, here’s the link), the site links you up to phonebanking centers in your area. The only requirements are a charged cell phone and a cell phone battery.  Usually shifts run for about two hours or so.


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  • fascism says:


    Give me liberty or give me death.

  • Obama Staffer says:

    @Obama Staffer The information referring to the Obama campaign phonebanking process is entirely incorrect.

    We have a whole operation set up for supporters to phonebank at their convenience: . With this online tool we have far outpaced the McCain campaign’s phonebanking operation.

    Moreover, this weekend our supporters logged over one million calls (between Saturday morning and Sunday evening). They set single day calling records each day. Here’s a blog post update about this weekend’s phonebanking successes:

    Get involved! We only have one day left to do whatever we can.

    1. Thanks! says:

      @Thanks! I didn’t have time to go phonebank, but now I’m calling from my room!

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