So what’s The Final Nine?
The Final Nine is a campaign launched by Brooklyn-based organizers to get an army of canvassers energized for the nine weekends between the Labor Day and Election Day of every federal election cycle. We’re making it easier for you and everyone you know to make a difference in closely contested races in and around NYC.
Wait… there are key races happening near us?
There sure are! In the midterms we canvassed in NY-11 (right here in Brooklyn and Staten Island) as well as in NY-19, NJ-07, and NJ-11, which are all easily accessible for NYC. These four seats were all previously held by Republicans but we helped flip them to Democrats! And now Max Rose, Tom Malinowski, Mikie Sherrill, and Antonio Delgado are all fantastic freshman members of the House of Representatives.
Why the focus on House races?
There are 78 Congressional districts nationwide that Swing Left has declared "highly competitive." If we hold onto all the "safe" seats that are currently held by Democrats, we only need to take 23 of these swing districts to regain control of the House! These races are the best chance for progressives to take back power in our government. Controlling the House would go a long way in putting a check on the current administration, as well as securing the future stability of our country's most fundamental institutions.
Does door-to-door voter outreach really make a difference?
We only need to look at how instrumental the national groundswell of volunteering was last fall in flipping the House. In districts with significant volunteer enthusiasm, Democrats won by margins that were never thought possible, even in historically conservative districts (ours were no exception!). This is why the Final Nine exists and why so many grassroots groups are now focusing efforts on door-to-door voter contact in the lead-up to elections.
Well, I always vote! Isn’t that enough?
Voting is incredibly valuable and if you are a consistent voter, hats off to you! But as the results of the 2016 election showed us, we can’t trust that our votes alone will be enough. We need to get out there and encourage others to vote too! It's time that we raise the national voter turnout above the pathetically low rates that leave us far behind many other countries in electoral participation. This is the only way we can restore the power of our democracy.
Isn’t there supposed to be a Blue Wave anyway?
We are the Blue Wave. There’s not some magical force of progressive excitement that’s going to sweep in and save us all from Republican-run government. The "Blue Wave" is only as powerful as the citizens who support it. If we all get out there and vocally support these campaigns, even “safe” Republican districts will be in play.
What if I don’t like canvassing?
We encourage you to give it a shot. The truth is, it’s fun! You get to spend a day walking around a new neighborhood with friends on a beautiful fall weekend, having empowering conversations with strangers about what matters to them in their communities. We hear positive feedback all the time from first-time canvassers and others who had written off canvassing in the past. And if you try it and still really don’t like it, we can find other valuable ways for you to contribute.