At Progressive Turnout Project, our mission is rallying Democrats to vote, both through independent field programs and funding for Turnout Fellows embedded in campaigns. Our first Turnout Fellows program in 2018 funded 104 Fellows on 52 Democratic congressional campaigns at the federal level. In 2021, we’re expanding our Turnout Fellows program into state legislative races for the first time.
Our Fellows program started as a way to directly support campaigns with a paid staff member dedicated to voter contact. Adding just one full-time staff member can make all the difference, especially in the out-of-the-spotlight races Democrats need to win. Historically, our endorsements included funding for Fellows, with PTP paying their salaries and supporting their work with a dedicated team.
To date, we’ve placed 277 Fellows on Federal campaigns, where they empower our endorsed candidates to knock more doors and reach more voters. This kind of direct voter contact is how elections are won — and we’re thrilled to offer the same support for legislative campaigns in targeted states in 2021–22.
Our Fellows Advisory Board
Our 2021 cohort of Turnout Fellows aren’t just the folks who will help us win the next election cycle — they’re the organizers, campaign managers, and candidates who will keep the Democratic party successful for years to come. That’s why we’re investing in 2 months of training to equip our Fellows with the skills they need for this election and a successful career in campaigns.
This year, New Jersey voters will elect a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and representatives in the State Senate and General Assembly. PTP has endorsed NJ Governor Phil Murphy for reelection along with downballot Democrats across the state. Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
- 70 Fellows placed in NJ
- 51 candidates
- $255,000 total investment in NJ
This year, Virginia voters will elect a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and representatives in the House of Delegates. PTP has endorsed Terry McAuliffe for Governor, Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor, Mark Herring for Attorney General, and 70 candidates for the House of Delegates. Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
- 97 Fellows placed in VA
- 63 campaigns
- $315,000 total investment in VA
In 2022, we’ll expand even further, with Fellows placed on state and federal campaigns across the country. Our current 2022 watch list includes:
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
To help shape those programs — and ensure we’re building a strong class of Democratic organizers — we’ve brought on a Fellows Advisory Board made up of state legislators with firsthand experience in direct voter contact.
Questions about our Fellows program? Email email@example.com.
Is your campaign seeking our endorsement? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To support the Turnout Fellows and our other voter turnout programs, you can contribute to Progressive Turnout Project here.