- If you are leafleting with a friend, leapfrogging (doing alternate houses each on the same side of the road) is friendlier than doing opposite sides, and makes sure you stay close together.
- Post leaflets right through the letterbox. Leaflets which are left sticking out cause annoyance. Don’t leave leaflets in gardens or under car windscreen wipers and always shut the gate.
- Ignore “no junk mail” stickers. These are usually aimed at fast food leaflets. Election leaflets are not junk mail - democracy is important in this country!
- Take care – always push the leaflet ahead of your fingers. Some letter boxes have very sharp edges and some are spring loaded – very occasionally there is a silent dog waiting to bite. Some people fold the leaflet round a ruler (or similar) to push it through awkward slots.
- Beware of steps and slippery paths.
- If a dividing wall between two properties can be very easily be stepped over that is ok; but never step on plants, knock over flower pots or leave footprints on soil.
- Beware of fresh concrete – try not step in it!
- In general don’t accept invitations in, particularly if you are alone, but you can stop to answer questions if you're comfortable doing so.
Issues with flats
Getting past the security front door in a block of flats can be slightly challenging.
- Push or pull the door hard first to check that it is indeed locked!
- A ‘trade bell’ for a block of flats will generally open the main door up to 11am (some have different time settings).
- If you can't gain access that way, then don't be too shy to start pressing doorbells. All political parties do it, and it's part and parcel of living in flats with a security front door and intercom that delivery people sometimes need to do this.
- When someone answers, all you need to say is "Hi, I'm just delivering some leaflets door-to-door for the election, can you please buzz me in?" If they refuse or hang up don't worry, don't argue; just try another bell. It's usually possible to gain access that way without too much difficulty.
- THINK SAFETY - If a block feels uncomfortable, don’t go in alone.
- When a house is divided into flats, deliver one per flat - up to a maximum of three leaflets per letterbox.