Orange County Dems Begin Peer to Peer Campaign

Tomorrow evening at the Orange County Young Democrats meeting, we’re going to hear about a new Peer to Peer (P2P) campaign that will hopefully bring out herds of young people in this election cycle…and many election cycles to come.

The Young Democrats of America are partnering up with the California Young Democrats to bring this program to Orange County. From their press release:

P2P organizing is the new model adopted by Young Democrats to create a sustainable voting bloc of young people. Using traditional and non traditional voter contact methods P2P organizing is a proven way to mobilize young voters. First used in 2004 in the swing states P2P organizing helped increase turnout in voters 18-35 by 12%, the largest increase since 1972.

The philosophy is pretty straightforward: if young people are brought into the system, they are more likely to vote now and in the future. One youth Democratic vote today means dozens of Democratic votes in the future.

If Democrats start supporting peer to peer programs like the one that will be presented tomorrow night at the OCYD meeting, this could positively influence elections today and for years to come. Millions of Democratic votes are hanging out in coffee shops and at local bars. And if the Democrats just start treating them like a valuable constituency and not gullible consumers whose votes can be bought by a P-Diddy ad, we can see some real change in this country.

[Orange County Young Dems]

  4 comments for “Orange County Dems Begin Peer to Peer Campaign

  1. September 13, 2006 at 10:43 pm

    This sounds really exciting. I cant wait to see the results.

  2. Anonymous
    September 14, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    Seriously? Do people really believe a bunch of apathetic latte drinkers are going to get off their keesters and vote?

  3. September 14, 2006 at 2:53 pm

    The apathy exists for a very specific reason.

  4. Anonymous
    September 14, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    Anon 250pm

    Of course it will work. If you bothered to research the issue young people talking to other young people does work.

    Young people are not apathetic, they are disengaged. Why do a record number of young people volunteer every year? Not because of apathy, but because they see the impact quicker. P2P organizing is a way to channel this energy into the political process.

    Simple math: 412BILLION on partisan voter outreach in 2004. Total turnout rises by only 4%

    $50 MILLION spent on young people by partisan and non-partisan messaging. 12% Increase in Young person turnout.

    If you come to the meeting tonight in Santa Ana, I can explain further.

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