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October 18, 2008

Get Out The Vote (GOTV): Don’t Be Seduced or Fooled By The Poll Numbers

 Election Day is ONLY 17 days away and even though the polls reflect that Senator Obama is leading, I’m telling you – don’t be seduced by the poll numbers. Don’t believe the hype.

 We (Democrats) can’t start celebrating in the 4th quarter; we have to end the game strong.  We’re at the one yard line, now is the time to keep up the pressure, follow the game plan and guarantee the touch-down.

 Senators Obama and Biden are depending on you personally – EVERY VOTE counts.  Every person matters.  Every state matters.

None of us should look at the numbers and think, ‘Obama is going to win anyway, so I don’t have to vote’.  If enough people think that way Obama will not win.

Add that thinking to the allegations of illegal purging of voters all across the country – which will adversely affect newly registered voters –  and it is even more obvious that every vote is needed to win this election.

 A recent report in The New York Times stated that, “Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least 6 swing states have been removed from the voter rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law according to a review of state records and social security data by the NYT.”

The NYT said that this was attributed to errors in handling the registrations; it also said that it will adversely affect Democrats since there are more newly registered Democratic voters.  This will also cause confusion and frustration on Election Day when all these newly registered voters who are excited to vote are challenged by election officials.

We only have to look at the stealing of the 2000 and 2004 elections to be reminded how seemingly ‘little things’ can change the results of an election. We only have to look at the current financial crisis in America and now globally to see that having the wrong person as president can and will affect us all and can result in loss of savings, loss of jobs, loss of opportunities and cause us to struggle with basic things such as putting food on the table.

 Early Voting has started in many states and gives voters the opportunity to cast their vote before Election Day.  But early voting is not just about convenience for people who have to work during the week and would rather vote on a random day of the week or on the weekend.  Nor is early voting just for the people who can’t be bothered to wait in long lines on November 4.  Early voting is an opportunity for newly registered voters, or voters who have recently re-registered or moved to find out if there are any discrepancies so that they can fix the problem and still have time to cast their vote and make it count.

If voters wait to vote until November 4 and there is a problem, there will be no time to rectify the problem so you will not cast a vote that counts. So don’t get caught up in the ‘No Match, No Vote’ trickery on November 4 because without a doubt there will be problems at the polls on November 4.

 Some people might find that they are not registered because their name (changed because of marriage/divorce), social security number or driver’s license number don’t match what is recorded in the state’s database.  If these people go to the polls on Election Day they will risk getting a ‘provisional ballot’ with which to vote.  Along with the provisional ballot they will have two days to verify their identity.  But that vote will not be counted until November 6, two days AFTER the election and will be too late to help Obama win the election.

 So Democrats, Republicans and Independents who want Obama to be their president should ignore the poll numbers, pretend that Obama is behind in the polls and vote in record numbers!

 Get out and vote – take a friend to the polls to make sure that they vote!

EVERY vote counts.

YOUR vote is v-e-r-y important. 

Please Early Vote!

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1 Comment »

  1. You are so right!
    I live in Pa., and I hope Barack follows the strategy of Ed Rendell, during his last campaign. He was up by a wide margin, and the last ten days of the race he flooded the airwaves with positive ads telling his supporters the only thing left now is to vote. It was powerful, and he won in a landslide.

    Comment by Kurt — October 18, 2008 @ 12:51 pm | Reply


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