Election as an
Just as a Voter
By Carl Davidson
Keep On Keepin' On!
It's the home stretch everyone, the last two weeks.
Don't pay too much attention to the polls, even if they're on our side at the moment. They change like the weather.
At this stage, the 'ground game' is what counts most, and believe me, it counts a lot.
So this is a direct appeal to each and every one of you. Get fully engaged. Everything counts in these final days.
Approach the election as an organizer, not just as a voter. Keep lists of names, make new friends, meet new groups. We'll need them to bring pressure on the White House no matter who is in it.
Here's the key tasks: GOTV, PTV, CTV
--Get out the vote. Just because people registered, doesn't mean they go to the polls. This is especially true with youth. Organize 'early voting' parties. Make a list of your 'pluses'--pro-Obama votes--and 'run them' all day, checking them off as they vote. Drag out the slackers. Everything counts.
--Protect the vote. Yes, they do nasty things in some polling places. Volunteer as a poll watcher, or election-day judge. Take a training. Do it. Judges even get paid for the day. Make sure the tally in your precinct matches the tally actually turned in at the election board. Raise a stink if it doesn't. Also, the GOP is already doing 'Depress the Vote' tactics by spreading false information and sending intimidation teams to early voting sites, harassing people. Organize a 'counter-intimidation team.' Face them down, non-violently but resolutely. It works.
--Claim the vote. If and when we win, let the local incumbents know. If many cases, they didn't do that much. Tell them you'll stay organized for the long term, and not just on elections, but tell them they better stop the damned war, and a lot more. Exercise your newly gained 'clout.' You've earned it.
Just remember, like our candidate asserts, change comes from below, and sprint all the way to the line and through the ribbon.
'Progressives for Obama'
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