Anna Esselment's blog

As Election Day unfolds, exhausted political organizers move from changing minds to moving bodies

Published on Oct. 18, 2015, in the National Post

Early in his career, former Ontario premier Ernie Eves won an election by just six votes and the nickname “Landslide Ernie” stuck with him, despite decades of electoral success that followed. The only person more annoyed by that narrow margin was his challenger who lost.

Want to get out the youth vote? Start (really, really) young

Published on Sept. 22, 2015, in The Globe and Mail.

Our daughter was about three months old when she attended her first campaign event. She could drop a pamphlet like a pro at five. Our son was two when he learned the art of clapping at the right times during a rousing speech at a political rally. Our children, in other words, aren’t strangers to political campaigns.