“Come with an open mind, don’t think you can change the world in one day,” says Darsi Aldrich. She is a precinct committeewoman in precinct 210 near Orange Grove Road and First Avenue. “Phone banking makes a big difference.”
Darsi has made hundreds, if not thousands of phone calls to voters. She makes 75 to 100 calls in a two-hour shift. “Campaigns are a lot like working for Nordstrom. The approach is all grass-roots: you call your customer,” she says. “You’re part of a team. You are one of hundreds of people calling that weekend making a difference.”
She had two heartwarming calls. One was with a woman who had been in the hospital for a month, and needed help with her ballot. The other was helping a woman on the Navajo Nation on election day. She had walked five miles to her home to get her ID, and Darsi got a ride to her polling place.
Darsi started canvassing in high school in 1972, where her parents in Mitchell, South Dakota, were friends with Democratic candidate George McGovern. “We would get to canvass on election day, and the best part was we got to skip school to go canvassing for McGovern.”
Are you on the fence about getting active in the 2020 campaign? Here’s Darsi’s advice: “You have to learn to enjoy phone-banking. But once you do you realize what a big difference you’re making in this country. And this year, of any year, we need phone bankers. We need everyone calling. We still have 1.1 million people we need to contact by election day.”