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I am a Democrat ready to hit the streets and campaign
for a truly ELECTED president. I can't wait! Anyone but Bush!
What do you think is the best use of my time until the front-runner
I'm so glad you asked! Because the answer is really simple
- you've probably already heard it. But I can't say it too
WORK ON VOTER REGISTRATION
Now I can just hear some of my readers saying, "Oh, Auntie,
not that tired old thing again! There's lots of people
already doing that. And anyway, most of those people we register
never even bother to show up to vote!"
True enough, but in the first place, there are never too
many people working on this all-important project, and
in the second, even if only one percent of the new registrants
turn out to vote this time, that's still enough to make a
real difference! Remember how close the 2000 election was!
Even a few thousand votes in a key state can make all the
There are a couple of different ways you can do it. The easiest
way is to surf the internet, using "get out the vote" and
"voter registration drive" as search terms, and find a group
that's already working in your area. They'll probably have
lists of eligibles, registration materials, and organization
all set up already. Your energy and enthusiasm will come as
a welcome contribution.
Another way is to check the Secretary of State's website
in your state, and make sure you know what your state law
is regarding voter registration - how far in advance people
must register, what kind of identification they need, where
they may register, etc. Then contact your local election authorities
and ask for the information and any forms you might need to
help people register.
Then, get together with a couple of friends, and target a
place you know. Maybe it's the health club you work out at,
or the rec center where you take your kids to play hockey.
Take the materials with you, and start asking other people
"Are you registered to vote yet?" and offer to help. If the
place is agreeable, you can even set up a card table and a
bunch of balloons and pass out the information on registration.
Depending on what your local rules are, you can either pass
out the actual registration forms, or you can set up a time
to pick people up and take them to wherever they need to go
to register. Plan a coffee party with five unregistered friends
- you'll take them to register, then treat them to coffee.
Anything you can do on your own is great, and anything you
can do with the help of an organized get-out-the-vote effort
is great, too.
The single factor that will have the most impact on whether
Mr. Bush is defeated is very simple: How many people come
out to vote.
Why do you think the GOP in Florida worked so hard to kick
people off the voter rolls? They know, and they're scared.
They don't want people to vote. People taking enough
interest in politics to actually get out and vote means people
watching what they're up to!
There are a lot of people registered on this web site. If
we could register three people for every person registered
on Democratic Underground, that would be an enormous contribution
to a Democratic victory! And it doesn't matter which candidate
you support or what platform details matter the most to you.
No matter how things turn out, more voters means a better
chance of a Democratic victory.
Auntie can't say it often enough, or loud enough:
GET OUT THAT VOTE!
And thanks so much, Debbie, for giving me the opportunity
to bring this up!
Do you have a question for Auntie Pinko?
Do political discusions discombobulate you? Are you a liberal
at a loss for words when those darned dittoheads babble their
talking points at you? Or a conservative, who just can't understand
those pesky liberals and their silliness? Auntie Pinko has
an answer for everything.
Just send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org,
and make sure it says "A question for Auntie Pinko"
in the subject line. Please include your name and hometown.