On the Ground with New Yorkers Volunteering for Clinton, Trump and Sanders


After months of preparation and a three-week spree of intense campaigning, a radiant Hillary Clinton took to the stage in the ballroom of the Sheraton on Times Square. “There’s no place like home,” she told an energized crowd that repeatedly interrupted her with chants of “Hil-la-ry, Hil-la-ry.” In her New York primary victory speech, Clinton thanked all “the volunteers who have worked their hearts out” and encouraged others to sign up: “Be part of this campaign.”

Any presidential campaign needs volunteers, tens of thousands of enthusiastic supporters who give up their free time (and often their money) to champion their candidates. That’s no different in New York, where volunteers scoured the state going from door to door, making phone calls or organizing events.

And yet, volunteering varies — as a look at the Clinton, Trump and the suspended Sanders campaigns shows. Clinton’s volunteers are the most experienced and the most loyal, they are also closely tied to the offical campaign; Sanders’ were highly motivated, but loudly and vehemently demanded their independence, and Trump’s are few, and just as as outspoken and spur of the moment as the real estate mogul himself (shouting matches between volunteers and staffers included).

In that sense, the volunteers are a reflection of the candidates themselves.

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Pokémon GO as Campaign Tool


No matter if you like it, hate it or don’t care about it, there is no way, you didn’t hear about Pokémon GO in the last couple of days. Lots and lots of people are playing the reality based game by scouring cities looking for Pikachu and his friends.

And now, some very creative Clintons supporters are taking advantage of that. They started showing up at PokéStops (where you can buy items) or “gyms” (where you can let your Pokémon fight) – hoping to register potential voters when they take a break from looking at their smartphone.

In 2008, Barack Obama’s team had him campaign in the virtual reality game “Second Life,” but the augmented reality Pokémon GO uses, allows the volunteers to directly interact with actual people.

Makes me wonder what will be next? Voting via your Google Glasses? Canvassing on your Fitbit?