Base Drop: How “Missing” Base Voters are the Key to Democratic Majorities at Every Level

Base Drop: How “Missing” Base Voters are the Key to Democratic Majorities at Every Level

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Aug. 3 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Aug. 3 3:15 PM (Eastern)

Democratic campaigns and committees leave millions of votes on the table every national campaign cycle. Whether it’s the “missing millions” of Obama voters who sat out the 2010 and 2014 midterms, or the rising multi-cultural millennial generation with millions of potential “new” voters, Democratic decision makers too often choose between swing voters and base voters, or they focus on likely voters, missing opportunities to attract, engage, and convert younger voters who may lack strong voter history. This isn’t a messaging problem, but a commitment problem; our panel will address these shortfalls and recommend positive and actionable steps towards building sustainable majorities at every level.


Paul Rivera

Paul Rivera is a Democratic activist and strategist from New York, with more than 20 years of experience in government, elections, and public advocacy. Paul got his start in politics at the 1992 Democratic Convention held in New York City, and served in the Clinton White House from 1994 through 2000, before moving back to New York.

Paul is a veteran of four presidential elections (1992-2004), six national party conventions, two gubernatorial elections in New York (2002 and 2006), and five election cycles for the New York State Senate Democratic Conference (2008-2016).

Paul also served as Communications Director and Senior Advisor to the New York Senate Democratic Conference from 2009-2012, helping close record budget deficits and working to pass critical reform and progressive legislation.


Camille Rivera

Camille Rivera is the Executive Director of UnitedNY, which has been instrumental in helping to elevate the voices of New York’s unemployed and low-wage workers in the fight for economic oversight and accountability. The group has been extremely active over the past year in building support for job creation, wage fairness, and worker justice here in New York City. The group has organized events such as the October 5 Community and Labor March from Foley Square to Zuccotti Park, the November 17th Rally and March for Jobs and Justice, and most recently, the April 17 th Day of Action to Reclaim Tax Day for the 99-percent. UnitedNY was an active part of the coalition that successfully saved the millionaires’ tax in New York and is helping to organize low-wage workers in multiple industries into unions.

A Bronx native, Ms. Rivera is a graduate of Queens College. She is a former Community Organizer with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and a former Deputy Political Director with SEIU 32BJ. Ms. Rivera is also a leader in the Working Families Party.