So how did I do on my goals for this election?
My original goal was 2500 contacts. I fell far short of that goal. I did not appreciate the extent to which the contact scripts would change and the degree that would increase the average contact interval. Basically script and policy changes doubled the average time to make a contact. I also had some issues at my home which prevented me from working for two of the last seven days. Ultimately I managed just shy of 1000 contacts.
I had the goal of shifting at least 5 Obama voters to Romney. Counting third party shifts as one half I managed 4.5 shifts.
The Romney campaign changed the mechanism used to select poll watchers and I was unable to perform that function, however instead I spent time making last minute GOTV calls today. Between donations and time I’ve done more on this election than any in my lifetime. I wish I could say that I’ve done enough to be peaceful however this goes. I cannot. The talking heads drive me crazy.
The town in which I vote had turned out 58% of their registered voters at 2:15. The election stewards projected a 90+ percent turnout. Poll watchers told me that they saw many of the people they met door knocking. So anecdotally the Republican GOTV effort executed very very well. I hope it’s enough.