When running for office, one of the biggest and most important challenges you’ll face is how to expand your voter base. Especially in a close race, or when running against an incumbent, growing your voter base is critical, and it also feels like an enormous task. It is a challenge to know where to begin, but read on for a few tips on this critical aspect of campaigning.
Doorbelling and phone calls are two of the most popular campaign tactics, and for a good reason - they are some of the best, most tried-and-true methods of connecting with voters and growing your base. Simply taking the time to have a conversation with voters can have a huge impact and show them that you care about the issues they’re facing. With more and more campaigning being done through social media or television advertisements, voters often feel a disconnect from candidates, and simply having a conversation with them can be a tremendous help in bridging this gap, and increasing your base. Furthermore, speaking personally with voters can help you gauge what is most important to them. With this said, independents and moderate Republicans are the most crucial groups to target while campaigning, since those who consistently vote Republican are most likely to be part of your base already.
Young Americans preparing to vote for the first time comprise a large group of potential voters who are often overlooked. By spreading your message on high school and college campuses, and even by helping these young people register to vote for the first time, you will acquire many potential new voters. Many young people are unsure of who to vote for during their first election and, unfortunately, are often exposed only to Democratic viewpoints. Young people also tend to have meager voter turnout rates, but by engaging with them, you can introduce them to new ideas that may resonate with them, and show them that you care about them and the issues that matter to them.
Social media has also become an increasingly popular tool for campaigning, primarily because it enables you to reach huge audiences quickly and is less time-intensive than doorbelling or phone calls. While social media may not be as impactful as face-to-face methods of campaigning, it can help you spread your message to a much larger audience, and it can be used to connect with voters. For instance, joining local Facebook groups and talking with voters about the issues facing them locally is a great way to show them that you are running to serve them and that you care about the issues that matter to them.
Every candidate wants to grow their voter base, and this is especially true when it’s your first race if it’s a close race, or when you are running against an incumbent. However, it can be challenging to know where to start, and the task of growing your voter base can feel daunting. Fortunately, there are many ways to get your name out there and expand your base in local elections. Having a personal conversation with voters is one of the best ways to build your voter base, but social media is also an excellent tool for creating name recognition and expanding your base.