Neighborhood Organizing Matters: California Calls Anchors Boosts voter turnout in their areas by 10-15 Points

California Calls has completed an analysis of the results of the November 2010 Election, and the headlines are impressive. Turnout among all occasional voters – people who typically don’t vote in state Elections – was on par with turnout of all voters at 59%, but among the alliance’s identified supporters, turnout was 67% — an 8 point increase.

Other hopeful signs of the impact of California Calls’ organizing:

1. Young people vote when they are contacted. The Alliance increased voter turnout among 18-24 year olds by 9 points, and 25-34 year olds by 11 points.

2. Immigrants and people of color identified by the Alliance as supporters of tax and fiscal reform voted 14 and 15 points higher than their average statewide average, respectively.

Five million more people voted in the November 2008 Federal Elections than in the November 2006 Statewide Election. The Alliance‘s central strategy is to convince 15% of these “occasional” voters in 12 key counties to vote consistently with California Calls. Those voters are newly registered voters, young people, immigrants and people of color who typically don’t vote but were inspired by the possibility of change in 2008.

The Alliance’s November 2010 program was its largest yet — 27 individual organizations recruited 1800 grassroots leaders to knock on doors and phone voters in 10 counties throughout the state. After 6 weeks, California Calls made 226,110 contacts to 174,084 individuals, and identified 124,982 supporters of its agenda.

California bucked the national trend last fall, with progressives winning all major statewide offices. One clear explanation for the results in California is the hundreds of thousands of new voters of color who voted. For a breakdown of the 2010 electorate, click here.