How Distributed Canvassing Could Make Turf Cutting Easier

One of the keys to running a successful campaign is cutting turf but it can oftentimes be quite exhausting both in terms of time and effort. However, a new app may soon make turf cutting much simpler and efficient. With this new tool at your disposal, all you have to do is specify which neighborhood you’ll be covering, what you’ll be saying to your constituents and how many houses you want each person to cover. The app then generates a list number. So instead of having to cut turf yourself, the app does it for you. The original idea for this stemmed from an app built by the NGP VAN team known as Knock 10. This app would determine your location and subsequently point you in the direction of the 10 constituents nearest to your location.

NGP Van is a privately owned voter database used by Democratic political and social campaigns. Founded in 2001 by Mark Sullivan and Nathaniel Pearlman, their services have been utilized by such clients as President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections as well as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The company is based in Washington DC. Additionally, they have another office located in Sommerville, Massachusetts.

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Many people have already used this new app and provided their feedback. Most people who have used it have agreed that the app saves them lots of time. Nevertheless, they do plan to keep working on the app and improving it over time. The app has proved particularly useful for those who have neither the time nor the resources to cut or distribute turf and it’s also proven helpful for volunteers who are located a great distance from their organizers. It also saves time as you don’t have to train people to cut turf. The app is currently available on the Itunes store although it is still in the beta testing phase. If you’re interested in learning more about the app or mobile canvassing technology, you can contact them at community@ngpvan.com. We wish them the best of luck in refining this new app and hope this will help many people in the future.

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