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  •  I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE (24+ / 0-)

    I thought I was the only one who noticed this.

    I'm a Black independent who has never volunteered or voted before (because I never had a candidate). But I will be voting for the first time on Tuesday.

    The same day I registered - about a month ago - I walked into one of Obama's South County offices near where I live. I told them explicitly that I wanted to work on GOTV efforts, particularly on election day. I specifically wanted to help drive people to the polls in North City and County (I wrote that I wanted to work in areas of greatest need...where people don't have transportation). The Lady looked at me and said... "we aren't worried about that right now... we won't worry about that until election day". I was flabbergasted. I said to myself WTF!!!!!!!?

    I had a feeling that they would wait until the last few days before the election to call me...and low and behold... 5 days or so before the election... they call. THEY SHOULD HAVE CONNECTED ME WITH SOMEONE WEEKS AGO...I should have been put through an orientation by now. It takes planning... because the polling locations/jurisdictions, knowing complicated. You have to study maps, etc. Now I feel let down. I have agonized over this all day while at work. Wondering why things seemed so disorganized. I just assumed that they would have started the process of establishing an army of carpoolers weeks ago. But it doesn't look like that happened... In fact, it doesn't look like anyone was put in charge of that at all. There are thousands of poor and elderly in North St. Louis City and County who I fear want to vote for Obama...but will have no way of getting to the polls on election day.  

    I think they (the South County Obama folks) assume I want to work in the area where I live. But this area is Middle Class to Upper Middle Class (in some parts).... I live in Affton. No offense....but these folks don't really need the help. People around here will fine their way to the polls just fine. The folks who need help are in the area where my family is.... where I used to live... where poverty lives. North St. Louis has some of the worst conditions/worst poverty in the nation. Same with East St. Louis.

    Anyway... I won't harp on that. I will be available all day Monday and Tuesday.... (except Tuesday morning when I will try to vote for the first time).

    Who can I contact up there?

    I will try to call the number you provided.

    What about the City itself (north City)?

    I want to go where the need is greatest.

    •  Great post and don't despair it's not to late (7+ / 0-)

      keep fighting!

    •  Ask for David from Memphis! See you there! nt (6+ / 0-)

      "To kill one person is murder. To kill thousands is foreign policy." Chinese writer Moh-Tze

      by ILean Left on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 10:14:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Go to the campaign office in the north city (2+ / 0-)
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      Don't wait for someone to call you.   Think about how bad you'll feel on Nov 5 if we lost for a lack of a few votes THAT you could have gotten if you'd gotten yourself to a campaign office to volunteer.

      Look, I also waited for a phone call from the campaign that never came.   I finally got off my a-- and myself directly to a campaign office.  

    •  Also, anyone needing a ride to the polls in the (1+ / 0-)
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      St. Louis area "A Call To Oneness" a massive GOTV volunteer operation is offering rides to the polls. The number to call is 314-772-2551 ext. 101. They also have info on their web-site:

    •  There is lots that can be done in north city (1+ / 0-)
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      In general, I recommend for looking up local events. There are tons and tons of local events in the St. Louis area.

      I think they (the South County Obama folks) assume I want to work in the area where I live.

      I think that's a good assumption. People are more likely to listen to neighbors.

      But if you want to work elsewhere, just go elsewhere. The main office is on Lindell, just east of SLU.

      The office closest to my neighborhood is at 625 N Euclid, at Delmar. The walk from my apartment to that office will take you through neighborhoods that need their voices heard.

      Farther north in the city, 8709 Riverview is the North city office.

      Then of course there's the north county office at 9144 Pershall.

      Did I mention how awesome myBO is?

      Also, the campaign is paying for taxi service on election day. I have mixed feelings about the bigger picture value of that, but clearly, the campaign is interested in getting people to the polls and is backing that interest with considerable resources. I'm sure whatever you would like to do to help, wherever you would like to do so, would be most appreciated.

      •  I've been using cabs on Election Day for a few (1+ / 0-)
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        years now and was glad to hear that Obama campaign is doing same.  The bottom line is that many of our older voters who need rides are more comfortable getting into a marked cab than getting into a car with strangers.  The cabbies know the streets and they always do a good job.

        •  I agree on the usefulness (0+ / 0-)

          My bigger picture concern is that elections are a time when we could focus tremendous attention on the difficulties of transportation for many people, and getting cabs and stuff feels like a bandage, something to cover the problem.

          That's what I mean by mixed feelings. It's effective for GOTV, it's just sad to me that we don't take that opportunity to talk about what those people do the other 364 days of the year.

          And why driving is the solution. We need $50 million in St. Louis next year just to keep our basic public transportation system afloat, and hundreds of millions more for capacity building.

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