Democratic National Committee war plan: Target 50 million voters

WASHINGTON — Looking to harness anti-Trump enthusiasm in what could be a banner year for Democrats, the Democratic National Committee will announce Wednesday that it’s planning to contact 50 million voters before the November elections.

The DNC, which has struggled financially and faced doubts about its relevance, will focus its 2018 organizing plans for the midterms around partnerships with a wide range of groups aimed at boosting turnout among Democratic-leaning voters, who have been less likely to get to the polls in recent nonpresidential elections.

In the most recent midterm elections, in 2014, 47 million fewer people voted than in 2012, when President Barack Obama was re-elected.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement that the effort “translates activism and marches into committing to vote for Democrats up and down the ballot this November and is designed to reach voters and communities across the country with new innovative tools and technologies, key partnerships, and online and on-the-ground organizing strategies.”

In addition to working with state parties and Democratic mayors from more than 30 cities, the DNC says it will partner with groups focused on key demographics, like the Congressional Black Caucus’ PAC and Latino Victory Fund, as well newer “resistance” groups opposing President Donald Trump like Swing Left and Flippable, among others.

The DNC dubs its effort the “IWillVote” program and says it sets the party’s most ambitious goal ever for a midterm election.

It will consist of new branding and content, tools and technologies, a voter hotline, online ads, and on-the-ground organizing — all with the aim of getting people to commit early to voting and then following through with them to ensure they register and ultimately turn out.



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