Finding phones and seats for everyone, training new volunteers, distributing lists of names and numbers – and feeding a small army of phone canvassers. That’s been Katie Anderson’s life three evenings a week since May.
Katie organises the Capital and Coast phone bank of canvassers at Fraser House on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. She balances this major commitment around final-year undergrad studies and a job with Vic Uni’s disability services team as a transcriber for deaf students.
“Fortunately my exams aren’t until after the election and I have heaps of people supporting me, training people for me and stepping in if I can’t make it,” says Katie.
“We’ll have at least 15 to 20 callers in every evening this week and 70 or 80 from Capital and Coast on Election Day working really hard to get out the vote.”
Katie, who is studying history and environmental science, first became involved with Labour just before the 2011 election.
“Growing up, my family had always instilled values of fairness in me. In 2011 a friend who was involved with Labour invited me along to a meeting. “It was really good to be part of a campaign in Wellington that was very well organised, and fun – with a candidate who has the same values as me
“It made me realise I could be a part of getting Labour into Government.”
Katie took part in a lot of training workshops at Congress, especially around sharing accounts of what Labour means to us – an important way to engage when phone canvassing.
“I’ve done a lot of learning on the job and had a lot of guidance from more experienced people, which I have really appreciated,” she said.
“We are finding that an awful lot of people are still undecided. But over the last two weeks a lot of people have said they have already voted, which is very exciting.”
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