#ActStrong Events Mark Organizations’ Largest Get Out The Vote Effort Ever
Washington, DC — On October 16, 2016, Planned Parenthood turns 100. To commemorate this Centennial, Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations will host over 90 electoral events across 20 states, kicking off their largest Get Out The Vote effort ever.
Deemed #ActStrong events, they will mobilize thousands of volunteers to canvass and phone bank to help elect Hillary Clinton and women’s health champions down the ticket.
This comes on the heels of their largest electoral program ever --- a $30 million effort to reach 3 million voters, mainly swing women and millennials, in six target states, with 800 paid staff, and at least 3500 volunteers. The effort, being run by Planned Parenthood Votes, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and other Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations, is aimed at electing Hillary Clinton president, and flipping the Senate -- as well as electing advocates for reproductive rights up and down the ballot.
Statement from Deirdre Schifeling, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
“One hundred years ago, when Planned Parenthood was founded, women in this country didn’t yet have the right to vote. Now we’re on the brink of electing the first woman to be president of the United States. For voters, this election has become about how women are treated, valued, and if they are able to access rights and opportunities including making our own health care decisions. This week Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations are holding nearly 90 events across the country to make a difference in this election. There is just too much at stake to take a back seat. We are acting strong to fight for the world we want to see, today, tomorrow, and for generations to come -- and in that world, Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States.”
Women’s health and rights, including the right to access care at Planned Parenthood health centers, have been a key issue in this election from the start, and now Trump’s treatment of women, and the anti-woman records of the candidates who have supported him, have become a defining issue in this election.
As Planned Parenthood turns 100, the organization is stronger --- and more popular than ever before, now with 9 million supporters, activists and donors. In fact, a recent poll showed that in key swing states, voters actually see opposition to Planned Parenthood as a strong reason to vote against a candidate running for office.
It’s not just Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations raising up this issue. A number of third party groups -- Senate Majority PAC, Emily’s List WOMEN VOTE!, Priorities USA -- are running ads on access to Planned Parenthood services and access to reproductive rights. Even candidates -- Catherine Cortez Masto, Maggie Hassan, Patrick Murphy, and Katie McGinty -- are campaigning and even running ads on access to Planned Parenthood services and access to safe, legal abortion.
For 100 years, Planned Parenthood health centers have provided essential health care. Since day one, Planned Parenthood has believed everyone deserves access to basic health care and sexual health information --- and has defiantly fought to ensure no one can take that away. Planned Parenthood Action Fund was born out of this commitment and continues to fight to protect and promote women’s health, no matter what.
Background: Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes Running Largest Electoral Program Ever
“The goal is to target millennial voters, and the organization has knocked on a million doors in Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Those are crucial battlegrounds in the presidential campaign, but also states with competitive Senate races.”
“Army of hundreds of paid staff and thousands of volunteers could tip the balance in as many as half-a-dozen swing states, where the Trump campaign barely counts field offices, much less a sophisticated ground game.
“In Wisconsin, Ohio, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, volunteers and organizers are going door-to-door to talk to voters about the importance of reproductive rights in the 2016 election.”
“Thirty percent of the people it has contacted are undecided and they frequently lean more towards Clinton after speaking with a canvasser."
“The group has 800 paid staffers and another 3,500 volunteers on the ground, with the goal of talking to 2 million voters through door-to-door canvassing… one of the biggest door-to-door operations undertaken by an outside political group this cycle.”
“The canvassers stood out in the Winchester neighborhood just south of the Las Vegas strip. They wore hot pink shirts, and where were the only people walking around outside. Despite the blistering heat, each team of two volunteers managed to knock on three dozen doors. The entire group that went around the city targeting different demographics knocked on more than 450 doors, surpassing their goal for the day.”
“This level of ground game and advertising could help consolidate Hillary Clinton’s advantage among women and millennial voters.”