The Fight for 2022 Starts Now

About Us: Progressive Turnout Project is the largest voter contact organization in the country, specifically dedicated to mobilizing the Democratic Party and defending democracy. Our mission: rally Democrats to vote.

Progressive Turnout Project team members canvassing for Virginia Democrats in September.

While Virginia’s Nov. 2 election night wasn’t quite what we hoped for, there were some bright spots across the country.

Rep.-elect Shontel Brown won the special election for the OH-11 district and Governor Phil Murphy was re-elected in New Jersey. Plus, 40 Progressive Turnout Project-endorsed candidates won their races in Virginia. 

These results speak to both the importance of the work ahead — robust, early, meaningful engagement with voters in 2022 and beyond — and the power and impact of the work we’ve done in 2021.

While tried-and-true field work remains our focus, we’re also committed to updating the Democratic playbook and testing new ways to reach more voters that traditional canvassing can’t reach. 

We began that work earlier this year. In 2021, we:

  • Embedded 152 Turnout Fellows in 88 Democratic campaigns
  • Contacted voters via our 159 Community Mobilizers, trusted messengers who are tasked with connecting to the friends and family within their network to encourage voting
  • Made over 222,500 voter contact attempts
  • Sent over 8.2 Million postcards through our 23,100 volunteers with Postcards to Swing States  
Postcards to Swing States volunteers in Evanston writing postcards this June.

Next year, we’re applying even more pressure.

In 2022, we’ll be training more organizers than ever before. We plan to recruit and train more than 6,000 Community Mobilizers across 31 cities in 13 states. We’ll also be continuing to expand our successful Turnout Fellows program into state legislative races. We plan to place more than 3,000 Fellows on campaigns across the country, empowering them to knock more doors and reach more voters. 

Volunteers in our Postcards to Swing States initiative will be sending out a third wave of postcards to first-time voters to make sure Democrats stay engaged in states with key Senate races in 2022: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 

We’re also excited to debut our new Grassroots Grants program, which will fund innovative voter contact work by local organizations with grants up to $250,000 and totaling at least $1 million. 

This funding will be provided to organizations pursuing new and innovative methods of expanding voter contact work, and engaging the Rising American Electorate, with special consideration given to programs in our key states for next year: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.

We have our work cut out for us in 2022 — and we need you on our side. Contribute to support our efforts, sign up to send postcards to Senate swing states and House districts across the country in the midterms, or apply here to join the Progressive Turnout team.

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