Field Guidelines for Zero-Contact Outreach

Social Distancing/ Lit Drop How-To: 

Social Media: Share a selfie or photo of you lit dropping and tag @LauraforCountyAttorney @AdelitaForSupervisor @AndresCanoAZ

Things to bring:

  • Face mask
  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfy shoes 
  • A fully-charged phone (the VAN app drains battery quick)
  • Sharpie Pen to write notes for voters 
  • Reach out to Kat, Elvira, or Trace if you have any issues or questions!

Leaving Literature at doors:

  • Because of COVID, this is a “no-contact” operation. We will leave literature in front doors, but we will not ring doorbells or knock.
  • Wear a face mask or other face covering. It’s hot – feel free to remove while walking to the next house. But when approaching a house, put the mask on.
  • If a voter is out front of their house, please talk with them at a safe distance.
  • Some voters may have their solid door open, but the security door closed. Feel free to announce yourself in this situation, so that they’re not startled by you. 
  • What to say to voters you encounter: Explain you are representing your candidates, that our team is respecting distances, but that we are happy to leave the lit somewhere out front of the house. If they have any questions, direct them to the candidate’s websites. 

Hierarchy of lit drop

  • Never leave anything in a mailbox
  • Beyond that, you can get creative. But there is a hierarchy of preference:
    •  Front door if it is reachable
    • If there are two possible “front” doors, choose the door closest to the Almighty Automobile (ie, if there is a side door where a car is parked, use that door rather than the actual front door)
    • If those doors are not reachable, leave the lit in a front gate. Again, if a gate opens to a car, wedge the lit in a place where the homeowner will have to see it before liberating their automobile from the property
    • SAFETY FIRST:  If there is a dog in the yard, or some other uncomfortable feeling, just leave the lit in the front gate. Or skip the house entirely
    • If there is an unlocked gate out front:  before entering the gated area to reach a front door, gently shake the gate. This alerts any loose dogs of your presence. That way, you can arouse them before putting yourself at possible risk
    • If all else fails, leave lit in the windshield wiper of a car parked out front

Finding a House

  • In all places, even-numbered addresses are always on one side of the street and odd-numbered addresses on the other
  • Despite the above, addresses don’t always make sense. For example, sometimes addresses skip in two’s.  1491, then the next house 1493, etc.  Sometimes, they skip by 20 numbers.
  • Sometimes, address are found on mailboxes in front of the house, on the house itself, or painted on the street curb
  • If you can’t find an address printed anywhere, make an educated guess. It’s not the end of the world if a non-voter receives info about Laura accidentally.  And a good chance you guessed right.

No Trespassing, No Soliciting, and Home Owners’ Associations

  • If you find a house with a “no soliciting” sign, still visit the house. If someone confronts you, explain that you are sharing elections material, and that you are neither selling anything nor pushing a religion.
  • If you find a house with a “no trespassing” sign, skip it. We will respect those signs.
  • If there is a gated neighborhood, the law still allows you to enter for our purposes. It is NOT considered trespassing under the law.  But it’s up to you if you feel comfortable entering behind the car of a resident. We don’t expect you to do anything outside your comfort zone.