At Progressive Turnout Project, our mission is rallying Democrats to vote, both through independent field programs and funding for Campaign Fellows embedded in campaigns.
Our first Fellows program in 2018 funded 104 Fellows on 52 Democratic congressional campaigns at the federal level. In 2021, we expanded our Campaign Fellows program into state legislative races for the first time. And in 2022, we plan to fund up to 3,000 Fellows across federal and state races.
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
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
In 2021, our Campaign Fellows — equipped with two months of ongoing training in campaign best practices — empowered candidates across New Jersey and Virginia to reach more voters. We funded more than 150 Fellows for 2021 elections:
- 70 Fellows placed in NJ
- 51 candidates
- $255,000 total investment in NJ
- 97 Fellows placed in VA
- 63 campaigns
- $315,000 total investment in VA
Questions about our Fellows program? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is your campaign seeking our endorsement? Email email@example.com.
To support the Turnout Fellows and our other voter turnout programs, you can contribute to Progressive Turnout Project here.