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(The New York Times)   There's always a silver lining if you look hard enough - no political canvassers this year   (nytimes.com) divider line
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2020-05-07 9:15:58 AM  
So... what are they going to do about the constitutionally mandated census?

They were planning on going door to door starting next month.

Has there been any planning around that, at all?
 
2020-05-07 9:27:04 AM  
I'm sure the GOP will be out....in full-force and without masks.  And when they come, I'm going to set up some outdoor misting sprayers for my front porch.  And when they complement, how nice and cool it is on my porch in the late summer heat, I'm going to tell them I have C19 and I filled the mist canisters with my phlegm.
 
2020-05-07 1:54:54 PM  
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2020-05-07 4:14:53 PM  

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2020-05-07 4:28:50 PM  
Subby, that means no orgs that register people to vote, and change addresses for people who have moved. It's usually Dem groups that do it, though they pretend there's no political affiliation. You wouldn't believe how many people who don't change their address and get turned away from the new district they're in.
 
2020-05-07 4:45:12 PM  
Political canvassers are a strange middle ground for me.

Many of them I support. Get people voting, which is always good.

That's always tempered with memories of the ones outside football games in college.

"EXCUSEMEYOUSHOULDVOTEFORPOLITICSMCDRU​NK"

They would never say why, just that you should, and some of them got really nasty when you refused- like voting W in 2004. His canvassers were aggressive as hell.

I took to putting on a Russian accent and replying back "I am not from here, I am from St. Petersburg."

(YA ne otsyuda. YA iz Sankt-Peterburga., btw)
 
2020-05-07 4:49:29 PM  
No.
 
2020-05-07 4:58:52 PM  
I'm already getting regular mail, emails, and text from all sorts of political groups.  Seeing a few of them face to face might be nice, but might happen while I'm in bed anyway.
 
2020-05-07 4:59:41 PM  
Great article.

I used to know the numbers, but suffice to say that door to door canvassing beats every other method of generating votes, and  the 2nd place method is worse by a country mile.

This *is* a disadvantage for Biden.  Bad enough that got that weird nomination-by-acclimation, in spite of having almost no organizing presence.  Trump also has all the advantages of incumbency and he's an incredible attention magnet.

I don't say this to be a naysayer, just to give notice that you're going to have to fight hard.  Which hopefully you knew already.  2016 was a sorry, complacent, presumptuous campaign and I hope we never see another one like it
 
2020-05-07 5:00:28 PM  
I'm sure they'll just be calling my cell phone relentlessly like last time around.
 
2020-05-07 5:01:21 PM  

SomeAmerican: So... what are they going to do about the constitutionally mandated census?

They were planning on going door to door starting next month.

Has there been any planning around that, at all?


Technically I am a Census worker.  They call me up every couple of weeks and ask me if I am still ready to do the job and that we will be going out as soon as it is safe.

In the meantime I am delivering pizzas and looking for a decent paying job because the wife just moved us up here to be a respiratory nurse in one of the big problems, before things got crazy.
 
2020-05-07 5:09:01 PM  

Alphax: I'm already getting regular mail, emails, and text from all sorts of political groups.  Seeing a few of them face to face might be nice, but might happen while I'm in bed anyway.


Wow, you must live in a real swing state if canvassers are hopping into bed with you.
 
2020-05-07 5:16:23 PM  
I canvass and it's usually a nice time.  Idk what people wouldn't like about it.

Every now and then you get a weirdo but usually people like to be visited and listened to.
 
2020-05-07 5:29:33 PM  
No voter registration.....
 
2020-05-07 6:22:56 PM  
My personal silver lining?  It took a global pandemic, but my wife managed to kick her 35 year "Young and the Restless" addiction.  I am at peace.
 
2020-05-07 7:04:13 PM  

zang: I'm sure they'll just be calling my cell phone relentlessly like last time around.


Oh ya, have at least a half dozen of these since the beginning of the month. I just keep marking them as spam numbers and my phone ignores them in the future.
 
2020-05-07 7:11:28 PM  

dylanthomas: My personal silver lining?  It took a global pandemic, but my wife managed to kick her 35 year "Young and the Restless" addiction.  I am at peace.


That's only because they ran out of new shows and are running vintage ones.
 
2020-05-07 7:22:26 PM  

lindalouwho: dylanthomas: My personal silver lining?  It took a global pandemic, but my wife managed to kick her 35 year "Young and the Restless" addiction.  I am at peace.

That's only because they ran out of new shows and are running vintage ones.


I thought that too at first, but she quit when she lost her job in mid-March, almost to the day of when they stopped production with 4-6 weeks already in the can.
 
2020-05-07 7:56:41 PM  

dylanthomas: lindalouwho: dylanthomas: My personal silver lining?  It took a global pandemic, but my wife managed to kick her 35 year "Young and the Restless" addiction.  I am at peace.

That's only because they ran out of new shows and are running vintage ones.

I thought that too at first, but she quit when she lost her job in mid-March, almost to the day of when they stopped production with 4-6 weeks already in the can.


I can appreciate that. Long ago I just got fed up with the couple I watched and quit one day. Every once in a great while I'll take a look to see who all has switched spouses with who.
 
2020-05-07 8:44:49 PM  

Super_pope: I canvass and it's usually a nice time.  Idk what people wouldn't like about it.

Every now and then you get a weirdo but usually people like to be visited and listened to.


My ex husband did some canvassing for 2008. He enjoyed it, but one guy pulled a gun on him, so he quit.
 
2020-05-07 10:04:28 PM  

the girl with the prison tattoo: Super_pope: I canvass and it's usually a nice time.  Idk what people wouldn't like about it.

Every now and then you get a weirdo but usually people like to be visited and listened to.

My ex husband did some canvassing for 2008. He enjoyed it, but one guy pulled a gun on him, so he quit.


... that is a very oddball experience.  I'm not saying nobody gets hurt but it's pretty farkin rare.
 
2020-05-08 5:28:52 AM  

the girl with the prison tattoo: Super_pope: I canvass and it's usually a nice time.  Idk what people wouldn't like about it.

Every now and then you get a weirdo but usually people like to be visited and listened to.

My ex husband did some canvassing for 2008. He enjoyed it, but one guy pulled a gun on him, so he quit.


I've canvasses/registered people for most presidential elections since I've been old enough, the worst that's happened to me or people I work with is someone telling you through the door to get the F off their porch.
But there are crazy people in this world, I don't doubt that happened to your ex.
 
2020-05-08 8:08:13 AM  

lindalouwho: the girl with the prison tattoo: Super_pope: I canvass and it's usually a nice time.  Idk what people wouldn't like about it.

Every now and then you get a weirdo but usually people like to be visited and listened to.

My ex husband did some canvassing for 2008. He enjoyed it, but one guy pulled a gun on him, so he quit.

I've canvasses/registered people for most presidential elections since I've been old enough, the worst that's happened to me or people I work with is someone telling you through the door to get the F off their porch.
But there are crazy people in this world, I don't doubt that happened to your ex.


I wouldn't pull a gun on someone that came to my door but I also wouldn't have anything nice to say to them. The majority of people that have knocked on my door or called my phone just will not take "no, please leave me alone" for an answer. So I stoped being nice about it.
I registered as an independent just because I didn't land on either parties call/mailing list. If I am curious about someone's views, then I will go find out about them. But please don't disturb the few quite moments I get at the house.
 
2020-05-08 8:22:22 AM  

SteveFU: lindalouwho: the girl with the prison tattoo: Super_pope: I canvass and it's usually a nice time.  Idk what people wouldn't like about it.

Every now and then you get a weirdo but usually people like to be visited and listened to.

My ex husband did some canvassing for 2008. He enjoyed it, but one guy pulled a gun on him, so he quit.

I've canvasses/registered people for most presidential elections since I've been old enough, the worst that's happened to me or people I work with is someone telling you through the door to get the F off their porch.
But there are crazy people in this world, I don't doubt that happened to your ex.

I wouldn't pull a gun on someone that came to my door but I also wouldn't have anything nice to say to them. The majority of people that have knocked on my door or called my phone just will not take "no, please leave me alone" for an answer. So I stoped being nice about it.
I registered as an independent just because I didn't land on either parties call/mailing list. If I am curious about someone's views, then I will go find out about them. But please don't disturb the few quite moments I get at the house.


I'd get a handful of houses each day where I'd hear a TV or people talking, and no one answers the door. I don't knock or ring the doorbell a second time then, just move on. Nothing wrong with it, I don't answer my door either if I'm not expecting anyone, my friends always call or text before they stop by.
 
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