Vote early during Early Voting!

TrueMeckDem posted a Char-O article about the surge in voter registrations across NC. There is a similar article in today's N&O. The money quote of this one is from Bob Hall, Director of democracy-NC:

"The only way not to have long lines is to increase early voting sites."

I've been out registering new voters and helping voters register at their current addresses a few times over the last month. It is a truly wonderful experience. And it's the easiest dang thing I've ever done.

Seriously. This is the perfect opportunity to stop talking and start doing. :) There are voter registration events all over NC on weekends. Just get on the Obama website and go find one close when you have a free weekend.

Voter registration is fun!!! It's easy. And it matters. Come on out and join in!!

People will say

"Yes, I'm registered."

or even

"No, I don't want to register."

all day long. You may have moments of boredom, even. But then you get one beautiful grateful soul who is just so so sooooo thankful that you took the time and trouble to be there and give them the opportunity to register, or change their address totally pain free, it just makes the entire day or week all worth while.

When I was registering voters on July 4, I saw peer pressure and family pressure at work .... pressure to register, that is. Kids were chiding their friends for not being registered,

"You GOT to register, man. You GOT to."

Adults were chiding the young adults among them,

You don't have to pick a party. You can pick Unaffiliated. Just register.

... and then ...

It doesn't affect you? Are you kidding me? You don't know what's going to happen between now and then or even in the next five years. Did you go down and sign up with the draft board when you turned 18? Ok, then, and the least you can do now is register to vote.

Then another,

Did you register? Are you an American? Are you patriotic? OK. Good.

Some days you get nothing, but they are few. Everyday you get very thankful people happy to see you. Very often you hear,

"I'm registered, but thank you for doing this."

And I have a bit of advice for everyone out there worried about these articles and the potential for standing for hours in line to vote.

Go early.

Not the last Saturday of early voting, I mean EARLY early voting. Go the FIRST saturday of early voting or the first week of early voting. That's the trick. If you early vote, seriously, go EARLY.

Did I mention that you should go early?

Comments

If I can do this voter registration stuff ...

ANYBODY can. Just do it.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Woo Hoo! This is peer pressure I can endorse!

Excellent post, Leslie! We all need to do more to register voters and motivate them to vote. Thank you for doing your part. Front-paged with pleasure.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

LOL ... yeah, it was amazing to watch.

Young voters are motivated, and even when they're not so much, their older siblings, friends, parents and mentors are happy to supply as much of their own supply of motivation to the cause as is necessary. :) It is a beautiful thing.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Young voters

I was working early voting pretty much every day before the primary & you could see the glow coming from young people leaving the polls after voting for the first time. It really was quite touching. One not-as-young woman who came through believed that she had to register because she hadn't voted since 1992 -- when she voted for Ross Perot. Good times.

WTG, Leslie!

Carrying a stack of voter registrations in your car or handbag, is handy too.

Conversations I have around town, whether it be in line at the store, or wherever, just always seem to turn to politics. Not sure why that is, ;) but it often opens the door to give out a voter registration form.

NCDem Amy on YouTube

Cool. Go Amy!

An advanced degree in political science is not needed to do this stuff. In fact, no degree is needed. In fact, this is a perfect way for a kid who can't vote yet but who wants to do SOMEthing, can help out.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

just because you are registered.....

....doesn't mean that you are going to be able to vote.

There have been errors made lately that resulted in many people in May and June having to vote on provisional ballots. The high number of provisional ballots in the May race was the reason it took 2.5 weeks to certify the May primary with only a 36% turnout.

Wake and Mecklenburg counties also had problems with double-counting votes. And the counties don't directly report voting data (raw voting data that includes under and over votes) so that we can know if we have problems and what might be the cause of those problems.

If we don't figure out why the various county BOEs are having such problems with registration of voters, as well as counting and reporting voting results, what good will it do registering all those new voters?