UWS Action: State Senate Survey

As I see it, the state senate survey will go like this:

  1. Common Cause (or coalition) will write the survey
  2. UWS Action (with help from others and BoE) will identify who is running in primaries and get contact information (email and phone) for each campaign
  3. Common Cause (or coalition) will email survey to camaigns
  4. UWS Action will contact campaigns to confirm they’ve gotten them (send another link if needed) and encourage them to fill them out.
  5. Campaigns will fill out surveys on-line and info will be collected and posted online by coalition (not UWS Action — need to confirm this )
  6. A couple of weeks later, UWS Action will contact campaigns that have not filled out survey to ask them to.

Modest complication  since we will have most of the campaigns identified by mid-June (IDC and opponents, open seats etc.) we will do steps 2-4 in two waves   1) everyone we know about in mid-June  2) the campaigns we find out about from BoE when filing deadline has passed.

While this will make it a little harder to keep track, it’ll spread out the work and have less of it in August when it’ll be harder to do.  It will also have the benefit that Common Cause can re-send the survey to anyone who hasn’t filled it out in the first round.

A lot of districts have safe incumbents so I’m guessing that neither party will have contested primaries in those districts so the job will be smaller than it could be.  Then there will be a round in September  for the general election but that will be 1/2 done already from the primaries (and a lot of the remaining races won’t be competitive so it won’t matter a lot).



3 Replies to “UWS Action: State Senate Survey”

  1. Nice outline above. I would like to have a detailed timeline/calendar as soon as is practicle, which might be after we speak with Susan??? If I have a list of the deadline dates for the specific pieces of this project it would really help me. Maybe if some of it is uncertain up front, you could give us deadline dates as we go along. Many thanks.

  2. Jonathan missed one step, or at least understated the complexity. The problem is how to you find out who will be on the ballot. The best way to get that information is from the election board in each district. In some cases, they are helpful and in some cases they are not. And once you have the names, you have to go to the candidates to get their email and campaign phone number. The biggest job is getting the final list of candidates.

    Somewhere someone mentioned testimonials. Susan did not mention this to me. I don’t see how or why they would be included in a non-partisan survey. I have no interest in tracking down testimonials and no problem telling her that we won’t. But we can clarify with Susan

    • Step 2: Identifying candidates. On the call with Susan, she noted that there will be at least one CC intern helping identifying candidates. The first stage of this will not involve Boards of Election but just doing internet searches on the IDC districts and seats where the incumbent is not running (I think there are 5 of these).

      For this round they want more of our help getting good contact information for the campaigns, both phone and email. She noted that we may need to reach the campaign manager or consultant (that they (she) may know the consultant which would make it easier). But it seems we can wait to see if the first outreach works before going further. In any event, I will try to schedule something shortly after Memorial Day to connect with the interns.

      We are not being asked to collect testimonials.

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