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by Gil Wier, PC LD11

Democrats from Pima County and LDs 9,10 and 11 turned out in force recently to work with California-based voter registration group Field Team 6 (FT6), registering 123 new Democratic voters in Tucson. A similar event in Phoenix in April netted 183 new Democrat voter registrations. That’s 306 new Arizona Democratic voter registrations in four days!

Some of the Phoenix volunteers, including Ralph Atchue of AZ LD11 (far right).

As chair of LD11’s Voter Action Committee and Southern Arizona FT6 Chapter leader, I worked with Jason Berlin, FT6’s executive director, to set up the Tucson event, on May 20-21. Four shifts of some 20 local Dems, and five FT6 volunteers who had made the trek from the Los Angeles area, worked local registration “hotspots.’’

We were lucky in that Indivisible held it’s “Say NO to Anti-abortion Laws’’ rally downtown on the 21st. That turned out to be a great “hotspot’’ for registration, and it was great to take part in the activism and support women’s reproductive rights, too.

Other stand-out downtown hotspots were the main library, outside the municipal and state office buildings downtown, the Ronstadt Transit Center and along Congress Street. Phoenix’s hotspots were Mesa Community College, and downtown near the state office and municipal buildings. 

Field Team 6 had great success in Southern California in the 2018 midterms, registering more than 6,000 new Democratic voters and playing a significant role in “flipping” Orange County, which sent four Democrats to Congress. FT6 is expanding nationally, with Arizona at the top of its list, since both the White House and the Senate are in play here.

The two Arizona events have set a successful model for how Arizona Democrats can work with FT6 to achieve our goals. What’s the advantage for Arizona Democrats? First: FT6 advertises nationally and sends volunteers from California. Second: the FT6 website (https://fieldteam6.org) provides the mechanics of events, including sign-up, automated emailings, data collection and training. Third: FT6 rocks, with after-event dinners and parties, and generally good times!

Contact me at gwier001@gmail.com if you want to stage an event for yourself or in the name of your group. Events will be listed as co-sponsored (e.g., Pima County Dems and Field Team 6, Southern AZ Chapter). 

Victory Celebration after the Phoenix event. Jason, California volunteers, Steve Witthoeft (LD11 Chair and Gil Wier