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Four Things You Can Do to Help Win This Election for Hillary—Because of Course We’re with Her

One thing for every day till the election.


Tempting as it is to get in the fetal position and not move until Tuesday is over, there are four whole days between now and Election Day. The conclusion is not yet forgone; people and votes are still very much in play. Which means refreshing FiveThirtyEight on the half-hour and panicking is not the only option. Who wants to wake up on Wednesday in a President Trump world and think, “If only I’d…what? Done what, exactly?” Now, before the fact, we’re giving you that what. Four whats, to be exact. Alec Bash, office manager at the Hillary for America San Francisco office, walked us through each one. They range in commitment level, from just 10 minutes with your phone to a full-day jaunt to Nevada. There’s even a texting option for the interaction-averse. That’s right: You can be shy and conflict-avoidant and still block President Trump.

1. Phone-Bank from Home

You don’t need to be a pro, or even a particularly smooth talker, to do this. The campaign provides a script, says Bash, and you’re talking to likely Hillary supporters in battleground states, so there’s no chance you’ll get your Trump Train Republican uncle on the other end of the line. The script is just about asking the voter if they plan to vote for Hillary, and then asking if they’ve made a plan for Election Day. “‘Will you be going before work, at lunchtime, after school?’” Bash offers by way of example. “The idea is that if people make a plan, that increases turnout by about 2 percent.”   

What to do: Go to and create an account. Once you’re in, you can choose any battleground state to call. The site feeds you phone numbers, gives you the script, and also tells you whom you’re calling. 

Time commitment: As little as 10 minutes to create an account and make one call. 

Challenge: See how many calls you can make before Postmates shows up with your burrito.

2. Phone-Bank from Hillary HQ

The local Hillary office is at 1001 Van Ness, near O’Farrell, in the old Kron4 building. You’re welcome to drop in, says Bash, but signing up for a time slot helps the staff plan. Phone bank shifts are three hours long; you can leave before the shift is up or stay all day, says Bash. The office begins letting people in at 5:30 a.m. every day through Election Day so that early-shift phone-bankers can begin calling the East Coast at 6 a.m. sharp. Bringing your own charged-up cell phone and laptop is encouraged, but the campaign also has loaners you can check out. (Laptops are for computer-assisted dialing, which keeps going until you connect to a live person.) Also bring earbuds or headsets if you have ’em: “There are a lot of people making calls” in the room, says Bash. 

What to do: Here are the signup pages for Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Or just drop in at 1001 Van Ness office, which is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, says Bash: “If someone says, ‘Oh, gosh, I can’t go back to sleep, I’m too anxious about the election and I have to do something,’ they can come down to our HQ and get started right away.”

Time commitment: Three hours (or less).

Challenge: Get a game of accent bingo going with your call-center neighbor.

3. Text Voters from Hillary HQ

It’s not quite as easy as texting from your own phone, but it’s close: At campaign HQ, you check out a phone that has an app for texting voters. “You just tap the phone several times and a text will go out with a preformatted message to voters in battleground states to remind them about early voting locations or voting on Election Day,” says Bash. You might get an opt-out, or a real response. “They might say thank you,” he says. “Or they might say other things.”

What to do: Same deal as phone-banking above. Here are the signup pages for Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Or just drop in at 1001 Van Ness office. 

Time commitment: Three hours (or less).

Challenge: Keep texting till a voter sends you back an emoji.

4. Go to Nevada

If you want to go all in, the campaign is also facilitating day trips to Reno and Las Vegas. Sign up on the website and you’ll get matched with a carpool and given a destination in either city, where you’ll meet campaign staff and receive marching orders. This is neighborhood canvassing: You’ll be knocking on doors and asking likely Hillary voters if they’ve voted and, if not, what their plan is to get to the polls on Tuesday. Shifts run about three hours and usually begin at 9 a.m. and at 1 or 2 p.m. If you arrive mid-shift, you might do some phone-banking before going out on the next shift. Canvassing ends before dark. If you want to make the first shift, Bash suggests leaving at 5:30 a.m., but you can also sleep in a bit and still make the second shift.

What to do: Go to and fill out the form for driver or passenger. The campaign’s Northern California travel center will be in touch to put you in a carpool and give you a destination. 

Time commitment: One day.

Challenge: Come up with the 30-second story of your life. When’s the last time you went on a road trip with strangers?


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