Obama using voter registration to stay close in NC
By JULIE PACE
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Dozens of volunteers armed with clipboards and voter registration forms gather at President Barack Obama's field office here every day. Their mission: Fan out across the city seeking new voters in this rapidly growing state.
"Are you registered to vote at your current address?" asks Douglas Johnston, a volunteer wooing voters outside the county courthouse. "Do you know about early voting?"
The effort, it seems, has borne fruit - to the tune of more than 250,000 new registered voters in North Carolina since April 2011, according to Obama's team. That's more new voters than the campaign has registered anywhere else in the country.
It's an eye-popping total in a state that Obama won by just 14,000 votes four years ago. And the flood of new voters - presumably a chunk of them Democrats - could help keep North Carolina within the president's reach in a year when everything else here seems to be working in Republican Mitt Romney's favor.
2. I'll be a part of the registration drive beginning tomorrow
In NC, we have one stop early voting from October 18th through November 3rd. That means an unregistered voter can register and vote at the same time. The OFA team is working hard in NC and has to as the Pubs conduct much of their voter registration through the churches.