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Thu Sep 20, 2012, 05:32 PM


Ok, this is an action oriented thread.

If you live in Ohio or Florida, or live in a bordering state and can work a day in one of these two states (this is more for Ohio), you have a unique opportunity.

Voter suppression efforts in this election cycle have severely compromised the voter registration efforts that are crucial not only to our chances in November, but also to our very democracy. The Republicans essentially have one motto for this election: "if too many people vote, we lose."

The decks are now clear for VOTER REGISTRATION to proceed unimpeded in both these states, but there are only 19 DAYS LEFT for people to register and be registered.

The deadline in both Ohio and Florida is OCTOBER 9TH.

Now, I would say that I need your help, but that's not it - WE need your help. AMERICA needs your help.

If you want to know the single greatest thing you can do that involves acting - not talking - it is to register voters during these next 19 DAYS.

The Where: Ohio and Florida

The Who: I am a former Obama fellow from the 2008 election cycle. I have been in touch with my OFA contacts from that campaign and will be coordinating with Organizing for America Ohio to help get anyone interested out to voter registration efforts in Ohio starting this weekend and continuing until October 9th.

I am very familiar with Ohio, having served as Chief Statistician for an Ohio-focused Dem think tank founded by ex-McKinsey Consulting people.

My Florida counterpart is the very talented younger brother of someone with a high ranking position in the Florida Obama Campaign last election.

The What: REGISTER, REGISTER, REGISTER!!!! This is all about voter registration efforts. We have 19 DAYS LEFT during which to register people. The urgency could not be higher.

The How: What I need to know are the following -

1) What days can you be available, and during what hours on those days (you can update this list as your schedule becomes clearer as we move from September 21st to October 9th)

2) What zip code do you live in (where will you be coming from)

3) How far (how many miles) are you willing/able to travel to volunteer

4) What contact information will allow me to coordinate with you reliably and effectively

I would suggest letting me know that you are interested in the thread (let's inspire each other) and sending me any of the details above (Availability/Starting Zip Code/Distance Can Travel/Contact Information) through DU mail messages.

The Organizing for America people, of course, know best of all where people are needed, but I have run some simple analyses of the Ohio electorate (my friend is working on Florida), and I think it's fairly self-evident where voter registration effort is most sorely needed.

Based on the distances you can travel and your availability, I will coordinate getting you out to the most appropriate/most crucial voting drives in striking distance of your starting address. For this reason, it is crucial that you pass along your starting zip code, as this is how I will be identifying which registration drives we can get you out to.

That's it.

This is how we fight back against voter suppression. This is how we win the election. This is how we protect the right to vote. This is a chance to materially impact this election. Please join me.

I've seen DU rise up in response to calls for action many times these last months. THIS IS AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION.

I look forward to working with you all.

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