By: Diane Benjamin
I have been working with a campaign to analyze how Mayor Koos, Kevin McCarthy, and Chemberly Cummings were reelected. It’s was pretty easy with lots of time and effort because the left knows one thing the right doesn’t:
Getting elected is the only thing that matters.
How you govern after an election is immaterial, winning makes it possible to act against the will of the people. We see that all the time and not just in local elections!
So how did they win?
Hundreds and hundreds of people who haven’t voted in either of the two previous local elections were targeted. Campaign workers went door-to-door with a phone app that allowed requesting a mail-in ballot right at their door.
MANY of those people did vote by mail, since they didn’t vote previously they were likely told who to vote for by the person at their door. That person probably followed up when they knew the mail-in ballot was delivered so the vote could be secured.
Lists of who requested mail-in ballots were available for candidates. I know in Bloomington some candidates got that list and then contacted the requestor. It appears that didn’t happen in Normal since the mail-in vote was the deciding factor.
I contacted a small percentage of these people in Normal to see if they really voted by mail. 100% of the ones I contacted did. I don’t see a reason to survey more.
Of course it didn’t hurt that mega donors funded an extensive numbers of mailers. People who normally don’t vote in local elections would have tossed those. They did respond to the personal contact at their door.
The right might not be capable of doing the same thing since they aren’t willing to step up and work hard to prevent it from happening again. Somehow they still believe in fair elections based on issues. They also refuse to acknowledge local elections are non-partisan in name only. When people vote who don’t know the issues because somebody came to their door, the right will lose every time.