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About 6 weeks ago, I decided that my phonebanking this year would be focused on increasing Latino turnout in AZ. I called, wrote, and signed up for multiple campaigns and GOTV efforts, and, perhaps partly becaus I'm a US expat in Guatemala, none of them responded usefully. A few days ago, I figured out how to use http://fan.workersvoice.org/ to do AZ GOTV: sign up, go to your dashboard, and at the top right of the page body, click on the "initiative" and change it to AZ/Carmona. That gave me lists of 15 voters at a time, and about 1 per list on average had a Latino last name. But for each call, you can just click "Skip" (followed by "don't want to talk to this person right now"). As I "skipped" everyone who didn't have a Latino last name or live in a district 9 town ("southern Phoenix, as well as all of Tempe and parts of Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler and Paradise Valley"; where Kyrsten Sinema is in a tight race), the proportion of Latinos per list grew, and now I'm getting over 80% Latino, with maybe 15% of those being Spanish-speaking. I don't know what algorithm Worker's Voice uses; it may have something to do with Facebook or something; but in any case, I'm happy to be able to make the calls I want to. I thought I'd share, for anyone else who wants to do the same.

If anyone else has similar tips, please share them in comments.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

    by homunq on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:10:07 AM PST

  •  We need so many more Spanish speakers (2+ / 0-)
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    HappyinNM, JoCoDem

    doing this kind of GOTV. Thank you!

    Vote YES on Prop. 30, California!!!! Yes on 30, No on 32 & 38. For the future of education.

    by mahakali overdrive on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:13:46 AM PST

    •  Which Spanish? IIRC there's more than one type. (0+ / 0-)

      And I get the feeling that voterbase includes more than one type of Spanish speaking voter.

      •  Of course there are various vernaculars (1+ / 0-)
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        but as someone who teaches English to Spanish speaking students in the Southwest as one of my many jobs, generally basic Spanish is a fine lingua franca within this community and area. Most will speak Mexican Spanish and understand Spanish (from Spain). Central Americans, another big demographic, understand both just fine. I'm trying to think of where this would be a problem? Like with Cuban voters? I don't teach in Florida and haven't had Cuban students, so I honestly don't know about that, but maybe?

        Vote YES on Prop. 30, California!!!! Yes on 30, No on 32 & 38. For the future of education.

        by mahakali overdrive on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:30:39 AM PST

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        •  I knew there were variations, but I didn't know if (1+ / 0-)
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          how significant those variations were. I've heard of a few miscommunication stories involving one type of Spanish and another, so I figured they were rather significant.

          As you can tell, I don't speak Spanish of any type.

          •  If you're fluent, you get by (1+ / 0-)
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            mahakali overdrive

            Caribbean Spanish can be a bit hard to understand for those from other regions, but not vice versa. Other than that, it's clear sailing, even when the accents are obvious.

            Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

            by homunq on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:51:53 AM PST

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