This has been a big week for data and technology in the Democratic Party. The DNC, our candidates, and state parties are now getting access to new data assets that the Obama campaign built to help win the 2012 election. This is great news and yet another way that our party is building on our technological lead over Republicans.
While we’re getting access to new data, the way we’ll apply it isn’t new. In both 2008 and 2012, the DNC worked hand-in-hand with the Obama campaign to create the tools that collected and analyzed information about volunteers, supporters, and donors, and helped them run the most data-driven campaign to date.
And our commitment to technology innovation didn’t begin with electing President Obama. In 2005, we committed to build the Democratic Party in all 50 states and equip everyone with the know-how, tools, and data needed to win campaigns. That’s exactly what we did in the run-up to 2008, and we haven’t taken our foot off the pedal since.
In the past year, we've been working overtime and making investments to adapt the tools and strategies used in 2012 to prepare for campaigns of all sizes for 2014.
We did a trial run with campaigns in 2013, and the results speak for themselves. We won the Virginia governor’s race, and will for the first time in more than forty years hold all five statewide offices in that pivotal battleground state. Bill de Blasio is the first Democratic mayor of New York City in a generation, and Cory Booker has already been sworn in and begun to serve people of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.
These campaigns were able to hit the ground running with the tools and information they needed to make smart, data-driven decisions from Day One. And because they worked hand-in-hand with the DNC, the experience and lessons they learned will go into making those tools even better as we work to make them available to campaigns up and down the ticket in 2014.
We look forward to integrating the Obama campaign data into our systems and continuing to work with all our state parties to use information to run smarter, more effective campaigns.
2014 is going to be a great year to run as a Democrat. We have a winning message of fighting for middle class Americans and the cutting-edge tools to deliver that message to the voters.
After big wins in the 2013 elections, Democrats have the momentum going into 2014. And while we continue to see a Republican Party that's more extreme than ever — one that shut down our government and risked default — there's good news too. Right now, 17 seats is all we need to take back the House and give President Obama a Congress that will work with, not against him. Watch this video on our 2013 victories, then donate so we have the resources it takes to make John Boehner an ex-speaker come 2014.
Election Day is only 10 days away. And while you may be tempted to stay home this year, don’t. Just look at what’s happening in Washington, and you know elections have consequences. This year is just as important as every other. Whether it's your local municipal elections or statewide races like the ones in New Jersey and Virginia, we need you to get out and vote -- and vote Democrat.
In New Jersey, while Chris Christie continues to flaunt his failed record as governor -- slashing education funding, giving tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations, and vetoing equal pay legislation -- Barbara Buono has put forward a strong plan to grow New Jersey's middle-class, improve education and reduce gun violence in our communities.
And in Virginia, while Terry McAullife is focused on creating jobs and expanding opportunity for all Virginians, Ken Cuccinelli continues to push an extreme Tea Party agenda that would limit women's rights -- including one measure that could ban most common forms of birth control.
It's critical that we get your help in these races and every race across the country.
Take these steps to prepare for Election Day:
1. Make a plan to vote now: Figure out when will you vote, how will you get there and who you'll go with.
3. Be in line to vote before polls close: Polls are open in NJ 6:00 am until 8:00 pm and in VA 6:00am to 7:00pm. If you are in line when the polls close, STAY IN LINE. You will be allowed to vote if you are in line when the polls close.
4. Do you need an ID to vote? If you live in VA, you do. Find out what you need here. New Jersey voters do not need an ID to vote, but bring a form of ID to be safe. Click here to find out more.
6. Text 5 friends to remind them to vote on Election Day.
9. Leave all political items at home when you go to vote including buttons, lapels, t-shirts, signs, etc.
10. Organize a carpool to your polling place. Voting is more fun with friends.
For Democratic activists, there's no such thing as an off year election. That's a fact that I remembered quickly when I was asked to join Nevada Democrats for their inaugural trainings in Las Vegas and Reno. And wow, was everyone fired up!
More than 100 volunteers — ranging from College Students to Veterans to Senior Citizens and Small Business Owners — came out to participate in the trainings. We learned everything from how to input voter data, to the best ways to build an effective grassroots campaign, and my personal favorite (okay, maybe I'm biased since I gave the training): how to become a digital activist.
I was blown away by everyone's interest, attentiveness, and eagerness to learn. Some activists didn't know what a hashtag was, while others were experts—but at the end of the day, we were all united under one common goal: learning the best strategies, tactics and practices so we can use our resources effectively and elect more Democrats!
Here's what a few people had to say at the conference.
I am a Democrat because I believe in liberty and justice for all. #NVDemsSummit— Dean Schermerhorn (@DScherm) October 13, 2013
I'm a Democrat because I believe in women's health and rights! #NVDemsSummit— SWLVDems (@SWLVDems) October 12, 2013
I am a Democrat because we care about all points of few, lifestyles and people. #NVDemsSummit— Senator Debbie Smith (@sendebbiesmith) October 13, 2013