For Immediate Release Date: July 6th, 2012
Contact: Ann Clanton
RI GOP Phone Bank Operational
Warwick: Ann Clanton, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Republican Party, today announced that the state’s GOP Telephone Bank is fully operational. Located at party headquarters in the city, the facility consists of ten separate workstations. Each is capable of Voice over Internet Protocol telephone service as well as access to web based software to manage a voter data base as well as multiple campaigns to contact and inform important segments of the Ocean State Electorate.
“The facility was designed with rVotes in mind.” Clanton said in her prepared statement. “That’s a locally designed and maintained voter management system that is our recommended platform.”
At full operation the facility is expected to generate as many as 400 calls per hour. It is expected to be staffed by a mixture of volunteers from the various individual campaigns that will make use of the capability as well as members of the Rhode Island Republican Strike Force. The state party is making the facility available, free of charge, to all Republican candidates in the state. Candidates for the General Assembly will be given priority both for developing and running telephone campaigns.
“Our objective is to run Voter Identification campaigns for virtually all of our legislative candidates.” Said Mark Zaccaria, Chair of the State GOP. “That means keeping track of voters who have indicated to us that they intend to vote Republican.” The ultimate use of this information will be to monitor voter turnout on Election Day. Other uses of the phone capabilities will be to introduce candidates in need of increased Name ID as well as to prepare neighborhoods for the Door-to-Door efforts of Republicans on the campaign trail before they actually arrive. “In my 2010 Congressional Campaign I used rVotes to great effect.” Zaccaria continued. “It is a force multiplier that lets any campaign operate just like the national campaigns.” The projected total call volume for the cycle is over 120,000 voter contacts.
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