Thursday, October 28, 2004

Update from Cleveland

I have been in Cleveland now for a little over a week working for MoveonPAC. I want to issue a much belated apology to my college hall-mate David Saraniti for crticising "the mistake on the lake." Cleveland is really quite nice, although there is crushing poverty in much of the city.

I am confident we will win Ohio. Move on is just one of many organizations working to turn out Democratic voters. We have hundreds of thousands of new voters and despite some very serious attempts by the Republicans to reduce participation, I expect a record turnout. Move on has created a database of "infrequent voters" who need to be pestered to vote come nov. 2nd. We are signing up precinct leaders and action volunteers in the thousands to call voters and help get them to the polls. Everything in linked through the internet so that volunteers can access the lists of voters in their areas to identify Kerry supporters and get out the vote.

I will not go into detail about the various scams the Republicans are using to try to prevent non-whites from turning out to vote. Suffice it to say that an administration which whipes its collective ass with the Constitution has little respect for the voting process. Our job is to remind voters that they all can vote, reguardless of color or politcal persuation.

Best of luck to you all. Tell your friends to vote early, the turnout will be heavy and the Republicans will try to hold up voting in the afternoons by taking the maximum 10 minutes in the polling booths. The best thing to do is to vote before work.


7 Thoughts:

Blogger pawlr said...

Wow, monkeywrenching democracy by hogging the booths. Is nothing beneath these people?

Thursday, October 28, 2004 1:15:00 PM  
Blogger mecki said...

Given that districts tend to be either strongly R or D, wouldn't this actually slow down voting for their own side?

Morons. Let 'em do it.

Thursday, October 28, 2004 1:38:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...


In Cleveland the plan is to take your time voting if you are in a "black" area.


Thursday, October 28, 2004 2:39:00 PM  
Blogger mecki said...


Otto is on his way to Cleveland tomorrow (with ACT) His phone number is 917 915 4400.

Send me yours to and I'll pass it to him.

Friday, October 29, 2004 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger mecki said...

And to your reply: How many republicans are in black areas?

It just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

Friday, October 29, 2004 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

More on the Desperate Ohioans for GOP theft. Despicable..

Friday, October 29, 2004 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

>Subject: Campaign update from Maine
>It's only eight p.m. Wednesday, but the excitement level here at
>Kerry-Edwards Headquarters for north-eastern Maine (a dingey but cozy
>on Main Street in Bangor) is already rising sharply -- this despite the
>that it's still almost a full week before polls will close on Election
>I'll be meeting John Edwards day after tomorrow. Turns out he's coming here
>and I'll be part of (a junior part of) the greeting committee. He'll be
>followed two days later (Mon.) by Senators Kennedy and Gebhardt. These
>11th-hour appearances by relatively-heavy-hitters underscore how close the
>race is in this northern tip of the country, and how perfectly possible it
>is, in the view of Democratic Party elders, that this state's puny
>electoral-vote contribution could really matter.
>Why the palpable increase in excitement tonight? Of course, local
>here have known for quite some time that Maine is a swing state, albeit a
>tiny one (Kerry will win 3 of Maine's 4 electoral votes no matter what, but
>in Maine's unique electoral scheme, the 4th vote is a toss-up. And the net
>difference between 4-0 and 3-1 is two whole votes.) For weeks, it has taken
>very little imagination, and only a little arithmetic, to envision various
>scenarios in which Maine's 4th electoral vote ends makes a critical
>difference for the country as a whole.
>But now, tonight, the new energy level in the air is due to the arrival of
>so many out-of-towners over the past 24 hours. Activists from New York and
>Massachusetts have flowed in, including me. We're enmeshed now in
>last-minute preparations for the influx of volunteers on Election Weekend
>and Election Day -- preparations to manage the influx, along with last
>efforts to increase the size of the influx.
>Under fluorescent lights, with charts and lists on the walls, half-empty
>pizza boxes and coke bottles strewn around on nearby tables, a couple dogs
>on the floor, and several desks and tables bearing computers and phones,
>15 or 20 of us who are still here tonight all know that our phone calls now
>are determining how many volunteers end up coming in this weekend and on
>Tuesday, how many of them bring cars and cell phones, how much impact
>they'll have. Our own internal polls yesterday showed Kerry DOWN 3 points
>here in Maine's 2nd congressional district (where the vote will determine
>what happens to the 4th electoral vote). But the same polls said otherwise
>just a day or two ago, and these polls keep fluctuating within their wide
>bands of possible error.
>All of us have long ago stopped listening to the candidates, or combing the
>news in hopes of election-shaking events. All that stuff has become boring
>now. Now, the focus is on the 20 phone calls per hour were each making to
>people in this neighborhood who we know are active Democrats.
>"....Hi, this is B--, I'm volunteering at the Kerry-Edwards campaign and I
>know you've already been bombarded with messages not only from us but also
>from the Democratic National Committee.
>"I want to apologize for that and let you know the main reason I'm calling
>you now is just to let you know the news we just got this afternoon: John
>Edwards is coming day after tomorrow and we wanted to make sure you knew
>about it in case you want to go see him. Of course you're invited.
>"We think he's decided to come here partly because the race is so close
>here, as you know, and what happens right here could make a real
>That's why we're also trying to get more volunteers to come in and help us
>out this weekend, or Monday night, or even on Election Day itself. .....
>"Oh? You're disabled? You're going out of town? You're 94? Your sister in
>Florida is sick so you won't be able to be here this weekend? You just had
>stroke yesterday and you're finding that you're not able to speak very
>so you don't think you'd be much use as a volunteer? [These are all real,
>just hours ago.]
>"But, you say, despite all these things, I can bet my damn ass that you're
>going to vote Democratic and get your parents, who are in their late 90's,
>to the polls to vote for Kerry too, because you want to get that
>mother-fucker out of the White House? [This is really what I was just told
>earlier this evening by a lady who sounded like she had to be in her late
>"Well, yes, that's great ma'am. Yes ma'am, I couldn't agree more. Thank you
>very much ma'am. Yes, I'll keep hope alive ma'am, thank you ma'am. Good
>More later.

Friday, October 29, 2004 1:27:00 PM  

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