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."
"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.
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.
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?