Been looking for a direct way to help Obama win? You should know about Vote
http://www.actblue.com/page/votetodayohio>It’s a simple, grassroots plan to take advantage of a new wrinkle in Ohio’s
election law. For one “Golden Week,” Sept 29 to Oct 6, any Ohio citizen can
walk into an early voting center, register, AND vote on the spot. During
that time, hundreds of Vote Today Ohio volunteers will blanket the state to
drive new voters from campuses and urban hot spots to Early Vote centers.
Simple, targeted, smart. (See below for a more complete explanation.)
If fully funded, we think we can bank 10,000 early votes for Obama in Ohio –
votes that can’t be lost to long lines, broken machines and Republican
tampering on election day. No, we won’t win the election by ourselves. But
Ohio is the #1 battleground state in 2008, and we can’t afford to let one
single Obama vote slip through our hands.
*If you want Obama to win as much as I do, you can do four things:*
*1. Lend us your car or home*. Our volunteers need wheels to drive voters to
the polls, and beds to sleep in all over Ohio. Can you spare either for the
week? If so, contact
*2. Volunteer.* Get yourself to Ohio, preferably in a large car, by Sept 28.
We’ll give you housing, training and a meaningful job for the week. Fill out
the Online Sign-Up
(for now) on Tate’s blog.
*3. Donate*. Help us pay for vans, gas and posters. Our overhead is fully
funded, so donations go directly to producing votes. We’re looking for
generous individuals or teams of friends to *sponsor one van* — $750 for
the week. That’s a tangible, meaningful donation. If we run our program
right, each van should deliver about 250 voters. Make an online donation
send a check, see the end of this email.
*4. Spread the word.* Send this email to friends who want to put their butts
on the line for Obama, especially in Ohio! Or, pass it along to donors
looking to make a big difference.
This is a truly grassroots effort. Every volunteer, every vehicle and every
dollar counts. Read up on the campaign below, and then please be in touch if
you have ideas about how to support us.
*VOTE TODAY OHIO*
How to Bank 10,000 Progressive Votes Early and Win in Ohio
Two years ago, Ohio changed its voting laws in a way that creates an
extraordinary opportunity for progressives to win Ohio, and thus the
Vote Today Ohio will use this change to lock down 10,000 progressive votes
before election day — critical insurance against the kinds of GOP dirty
tricks and election day problems that affected our past two presidential
For a 7-day “Golden Week,” from Sept 30 – Oct 6, Ohio residents can walk
into an early voting center, register to vote, and vote on the spot. This
has never been possible before. Why does it matter? Because it takes what is
normally a two-step process (register, wait a month, THEN vote) and turns it
into a one-step process (register AND vote at the same time). For
progressive organizers, that creates a much more efficient way to bring new
voters into the process AND lock down their votes, before they can be
manipulated, stolen or lost.
During this new Golden Week, Vote Today Ohio aims to turn out 10,000
progressive voters from two kinds of locations — college campuses, and
urban gathering spots. The model is simple: teams of five organizers will
drive students / young people from campuses / urban centers to early
votingcenters. Organizers will use music and a party atmosphere to
draw in new
voters — instead of knock and drag, it’s rock and drag.
The Vote Today Ohio model is intentionally experimental. Ohio law has never
allowed progressives to run this kind of program before. So a large part of
the goal is to discover if Ohio’s rule change can be positively exploited
for electoral gain, and whether we can.
Vote Today Ohio is led by a team of experienced political and youth
Political consultant, 30 years experience directing electoral, issue and
civic engagement campaigns, National Field Director US Action (’04
Advisor to Congressman John Hall (current)
Former Executive Director of the League of Young Voters, best-selling
author, networking genius
Progressive organizer with a dozen years experience, four national electoral
campaigns, Director of 2004’s Slam Bush campaign
Executive Director of 8-8-08 For Burma, well known student organizer and
*THE PLAN IN MORE DETAIL*
• 20 Teams = 10,000 votes: Vote Today Ohio will recruit 12 teams of campus
organizers and 8 teams of urban organizers (for a total of 80 organizers).
Most teams will have 5 members — two drivers, two street team organizers,
one team leader. Each team will be responsible for delivering 500 votes for
the week (~72 / day). Total = 10,000 votes.
• Preparation: In the days leading up to early voting week, teams will
plaster their campuses / urban centers with materials about early voting
week. Team leaders will generate publicity in school newspapers, radio
stations, and via online campus channels, Facebook<
• Logistics: During early voting week, teams will set up vote ferry
stations, where students can get a ride to a polling station in a Vote Today
Ohio van. Two drivers will run continuous ferries to and from polling
• Training and GOTV: Each team will be instruct voters on Ohio new voting
rights, rules and regulations. Organizers and van drivers will be given
talking points and coached on how to recruit voters as Early Vote Volunteers
who can then turn out their social networks. Volunteers will also be
re-recruited for continuing persuasion and GOTV activities from Oct 6 – Nov
• Non-van GOTV: Any voter who wants to register but can’t vote early will
have the opportunity to register and sign up for an absentee ballot.
Organizers will get mobile phone numbers from these voters to send follow-up
text messages (which proved in 2006 to be the single most cost effective
GOTV reminder tool, raising turnout by 4% versus a control group).
• Ohio State University (2 teams)
• Ohio University (2 Teams)
• University of Toledo (1 Team)
• University of Cincinnati (1 Team)
• Kent State (1 Team)
• University of Dayton (1 Team)
• Cuyahoga Community College (1 Team)
• Cleveland State (1 Team)
• Miami University of Ohio (1 Team)
• Bowling Green State (1 Team)
*Target Urban Areas:*
• Columbus (2 Teams)
• Cleveland (2 Teams)
• Cincinnati (2 Teams)
• Dayton (1 Team)
• Toledo (1 Team)
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