After GOP sweep, some Democrats said minority voter awareness was lacking | Government-and-politics
“I could not be more proud of the work our campaign is doing to reach and uplift communities of color in all corners of the Commonwealth,” said Senator Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth and McAuliffe Campaign Co-Chair. .
Organizers on the ground said that although the outreach had taken place, it had not started early enough and could not match the turnout of GOP base voters, including rural voters.
“When the barriers are so high for our people to come and the enthusiasm is low, when there are no barriers for our opponents, that’s how we lose,” said Alexsis Rodgers, Virginia director for Care in Action, an advocacy group for domestic workers. who ran a field program to engage black and immigrant voters.
“If you have just lost a loved one, if you are looking after a member of your household, if you have found an additional job, it will be difficult for you to participate,” said Rodgers, 2020 Richmond mayoral candidate “That is why we are working to make sure our employees do not receive a callback the week before. It is not enough.”
Almost everyone interviewed for this story agreed that Democrats failed in their on-the-ground organizing efforts, such as door-to-door, especially in a competition as close as Virginia’s race for governor.
“In September, it became clear that the field was not covered. Particularly in areas with a high concentration of black voters, including Richmond, which I found deeply problematic, ”said Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of Black PAC, which has made engagement and exit efforts in Virginie since 2017.