Study session

Speaking of Fair Voting BC, the electoral reform campaign is "looking for additional volunteers to participate in a research project on the effectiveness of canvassing." This, according to an advertisement posted on craigslist. In an interview with Public Eye, David Gagnon - who is responsible for that project - explained, "The intent of the study is to show some numeric data on a few things that you and I might be able to guess at. So, for example, we might be able to draw a circle on a map and say, 'In this relatively middle-class neighborhood, around 2:00 in the afternoon, the majority of voting-aged people who are home might be moms and they might be people on unusual schedules.'"

"And we might be able to draw another circle on the map and make various assumptions about the demographics, about who's home where, about what language they speak, how they respond to being canvassed, whether or not they're of voting age and so on and so forth."

Asked how the results of that project might be used, Mr. Gagnon said, "We're hoping to use it for the rest of our canvassing. And, without knowing what the results are going to be right now, we don't exactly know how we're going to apply that to the rest of our canvassing."

The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned advertisement.

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Go door to door for BC-STV (Vancouver)
April 2nd, 2009
The Central Campaign office for the British Columbians for the Single Transferable Vote Campaign is looking for additional volunteers to participate in a research project on the effectiveness of canvassing. A group of researchers has created an intricate study which our volunteers will carry around the lower mainland.

Each Canvasser will be trained (about 1.5 hours) and then be given 9 random locations within the lower mainland to go out and canvass. Participants will receive a $200 honorarium for completion. Canvassers may go out alone or in pairs (to do 18 locations).

For more information email or call.

Thanks for your interest in the BC-STV Campaign.

David Gagnon
Canvassing Logistics
BC Single Transferable Vote Campaign

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