Adventures in Door Knocking

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Maybe it’s the social worker in me, but I find door knocking fascinating. Our campaign is using miniVAN, a voter database entirely accessible via smart phone. The software tells us a voter’s address, name, age, and party. With that said, you never quite know who you’re going to meet or what you’re going to talk about when someone opens the door.

Nearly 99% of people who answer the door are really nice. Once we get talking, most people are concerned with the state of Connecticut’s budget and shocked to find out that their current representative has held elected office for 23 years. People are ready for change and excited to see a woman running for office. From my unscientific estimation, people are home and open the door 20% of the time. 15% of the time, people hide or choose not to open the door and 65% of the time, they’re not home. I started door knocking in February so I question if some of the doors I’ve knocked on are couples who travel south for the winter. Otherwise, I think the majority of people are out and about.

When someone hides--evident by them peeking through a window or inside noises abruptly stopping after the doorbell rings, it makes me laugh. I must admit, I’ve done the same thing myself. When you knock on someone’s door they could be tied up in the middle of something and unable to answer. Or, they are simply not in the mood to talk to someone. I had one woman come to the door right from the shower, bathrobe on and a towel on her head. That is an interaction both of us will not soon forget.

I'm excited to see what homes I will visit and who I will meet as I continue my pursuit of elected office. It's nice getting to know people in the community, one door at a time.