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  •  ericf - in some states if you are on a (11+ / 0-)

    registration drive, and someone asks to register as a Republican, by law you have to provide the same assistance to them and process their application. What's the law in MN?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 08:55:58 AM PDT

    •  Yes, you need to register them (11+ / 0-)

      I don't know that the law doesn't allow you to refuse to register someone you're sure is supporting another party, but I'm sure you would be asked by the Democrats to give back your clipboard and leave. Just out of principle. Also, we don't have party registration in Minnesota. I wish we did since I hate how open primaries invite mischief, but we don't. In our project, we made the assumption any Republicans would refuse to register with Democratic volunteers, and one person refused for that reason, though it is just an assumption. If we're right, that's fine, not only because we don't care to encourage Republicans to vote, but anyone we register can be identified as leaning Democratic, which means we can contact them for GOTV and don't have to contact them again to determine party preference.

      •  I'd say this says something about their (0+ / 0-)

        'principles'

        ...,but I'm sure you would be asked by the Democrats to give back your clipboard and leave. Just out of principle....we don't care to encourage Republicans to vote..."
        •  ??? Registration is one thing, now we're supposed (2+ / 0-)
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          to help the GOP with GOTV?  

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          by shenderson on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 12:15:51 PM PDT

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          •  Uh, the diary was about registering voters. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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          •  One important thing (3+ / 0-)
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            to consider when gettign republicans, is tell them they can let you take it and register them, or they can keep it and send it in themselves. When you get a person who is clearly right-leaning, being cordial and eager to help them register regardless of party tends to get a decent response.

            You may not win them over that time, but they will remember that you, a democrat, took the time and effort to help them, despite knowing it would work against the democrats interests to do so.

            This creates a measurable level of respect, and overall makes people more likely to hear you out.

            You may not win, but your efforts tend to get the sane, actually moderate conservatives to register. And if nothing else, that means votes against the far-right extremists.

            Sure we'd all prefer democrats to win. But sane moderate republicans are much better than the extremists.

            "Trust not the words of a poet, as he is born to seduce. Yet for poetry to seize the heart, it must ring with the chimes of truth."

            by kamrom on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 09:17:35 PM PDT

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    •  Why wouldn't you? Democrats believe in democracy. (5+ / 0-)

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      by 88kathy on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 10:11:46 AM PDT

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      •  I've been involved in several GOTV efforts... (5+ / 0-)

        ...in highly Democratic performing precincts. We were usually briefed/trained to deal with the oddball person we'd inevitably run into who would announce "But I'm a Republican. Why do you want me to vote?"

        We play percentages. In a precinct that is 96% African-American and 94% Democratic performance, we assume that we are going to run into a political opponent or two during the course of the day. Usually the better trainers would emphasize that we respond along the lines of "we want everyone to participate in the process. Thank you for your time." Same works with registration: if you are "harvesting" in favorable territory, you don't sweat the occasional "unproductive" individual. You play the percentages and trust that you will register 20 voters that will help you for every 1 or 2 that won't.

        I'll  play those odds everyday and twice on Sunday.

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 03:09:42 PM PDT

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        •  Why, because we are Democrats? Give them (3+ / 0-)
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          something to think about.

          When I went on the campaign trail for the first time at 12 years old, I was taught that you give Republicans back their campaign literature instead of throwing it away. That is why I am very proud of being a Democrat, especially when you give it back to a Republican who would have just thrown yours away.

          give the NRA the Royal Flush join Stop The NRA

          by 88kathy on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 04:29:19 PM PDT

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