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Things We Did This Week – October 29-November 4, 2012

November 5, 2012


Things We Did This Week – October 29-November 4, 2012

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This week I made “chase” calls for my local Democratic Party. This is when we call Democrats who requested vote-by-mail ballots but have not yet returned them. We remind our voters that ballots must be received at our county’s Supervisor of Elections office no later than 7pm on November 6th, regardless of the postmark. If they have any concerns about mail delivery, or didn’t want to spend the 65 cents for postage, they can drop off their ballots at any of the SOE’s three offices, which remain open on election day until 7pm.

Note: Precinct polling stations in Florida do not accept vote-by-mail ballots. Voters who requested vote-by-mail ballots but decide to vote at their precincts on election day should bring their vote-by-mail ballots to the precinct station, to prove they have not already voted by mail. The poll workers give the voter a precinct ballot and destroy the unused vote-by-mail ballot. If a voter has lost his/her vote-by-mail ballot, the poll workers will give him/her a provisional ballot, to be counted once the SOE verifies that no vote-by-mail ballot from that voter was received.

I also staffed my local Democratic Party campaign office on Wednesday afternoon. We had only a handful of Obama yard signs left by the end of the day, and I’m sure those were gone the following day. We had volunteers in during the day making “chase” calls, and I answered calls from voters who needed information. I’ll be staffing our campaign office all day tomorrow, to coordinate rides for voters who need them.

Then I’ll come home to live-blog the election returns in Evening Focus, starting at 7pm ET. The polling looks positive, and I hope that by 11pm tomorrow we’ll know that President Obama has been reelected, that Democrats retained the U.S. Senate, and the approximate makeup of the next U.S. House.

  • trs

    On Friday I made phone calls at the Manassas office, verifying tickets received to the rally Saturday, and making sure those tickets were going to be used. Saturday, I went to the rally (no enthusiasm gap there!), and Sunday, phone banked at our local office in Winchester.

    • trs

      Oh, I also voted absentee in-person last Monday before Sandy came to visit.

    • NCrissieB

      Thank you for your activism, trs, and for the links in Campus Chatter to your and Iriti’s photo-essay on the rally. Most of the polls show Virginia looking good for President Obama, thanks to the efforts of people like you! 🙂

  • winterbanyan

    I finished my calls for the party. Today I’m planning to dive into the OFA list for at least a while to chase those who haven’t voted yet.

    Given the lengths of lines at our early voting stations (so appalling that we’re making international news) I’m hoping voters don’t take one look and get discourage.

    Had a great conversation with a clerk yesterday. She had just voted for the first time. She admitted she could have voted in 2010 but it hadn’t seemed that important. She said after what happened in that election, she made up her mind to never skip voting again. I hope a lot of people feel the same way.

    • trs

      I think they do – if the reactions to my calls yesterday were any indication, there is a lot of that feeling going around!

    • NCrissieB

      Thank you for your activism, winterbanyan! 🙂 Sounds like a great conversation with that clerk, and I’m glad she learned from the all-too-common mistake of 2010. Voting matters … in every election.

  • addisnana

    I have been phoning and training new volunteers on the predictive dialing software. The biggest adjustment for most people is the lack of a computer mouse. I am the canvasser that goes out with first timers until they feel comfortable and goes out with single volunteers.

    Saturday and Sunday there were 50 people in the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall and lots more out canvassing.

    Minnesota has a coordinated campaign so our lit covers Obama, Klobuchar and the Candidate for US House. In some areas we also carry state senate and rep stuff. Each door tag has the local polling place so a massive effort happened behind the scenes. Very important because many people polling places changed this year.

    • NCrissieB

      Thank you for your activism, addisnana! 🙂 Minnesota looks strong for President Obama, and the year-round efforts of people like you are the most important reason. I wish we had a half-dozen of you in every precinct in the U.S.! 😀