Door knocking is one of the most effective and important ways of campaigning.
It brings you face-to-face with the community, and helps you to learn about and understand residents’ issues and concerns. These concerns can be used in future campaign platforms, brochures and media releases.
What do I say?
A suggested good opening line is:
‘Good morning, my name’s Jane. I’m door knocking in your neighbourhood today as I’ve decided to stand for council at the coming elections. Are you aware there are council elections happening?’
Always know and understand voting procedures.
For postal ballots, know when to expect ballot papers in the mail and when they need to be returned.
For attendance voting, make sure you’re familiar with polling booth hour and locations.
- Always look presentable. This may be the only time voters meet you, so remember that first impressions are important
- Take someone with you if you have safety concerns
- Visit houses in one area then travel to another part of the ward so you get a cross-section of views
- Knock on every second or third door if you only have limited time
- Leave a calling card so the voter can remember you
- Follow up on voters’ concerns in writing or over the phone, if asked to, even if the voter won’t like the response.
- Don’t door knock at inconvenient times, such as around dinner
- Always close the gate behind you.