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Phonebanking circa 2004

August 31, 2004 5:30 PM

Gary Wolf pens a great profile of MoveOn.org in September's Wired. One juicy bit is the system that will allow members to reach 800,000 people a day in the weeks leading up to the election:


Volunteers will dial an 800 number, enter an ID, and hear a tape of the calling guide, customized to reflect the message and strategy of the day. An autodialer will connect them to a potential voter within a few seconds. When the call is completed but before hanging up, they can enter data via their telephone keypad. Was the correct person reached? Was his or her registration current? Then, if the volunteer has time, he or she can go down the list. This lets MoveOn supporters take advantage of any free moment to influence the election.

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Read the 3 comments.

dhermesc:

Just what I need another GOD DAMN telemarketer calling my house.

Wed Sep 1 2004 5:38 AM


Paul:

They're looking for swing voters, dummy.

Wed Sep 1 2004 5:20 PM


dhermesc:

And they find them by calling people and bugging the shit out of them on the phone - dumbass.

Thu Sep 2 2004 3:40 PM


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