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  •  Don't have to be registered, (1+ / 0-)
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    gtomkins

    just eligible to vote.

    Take over your own State Capitol. we got this one covered. We're in the Rotunda, 'til we take Scott Walka Unda.

    by ben masel on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 07:04:33 PM PST

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    •  Registration drives (1+ / 0-)
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      Sure, you can do registration drives at rallies and from desks at high-foot-traffic sites, or even door-to-door, and get a twofer -- new D voter plus another petition signature.

      My point about the registration lists, which become the parties' canvassing and GOTV databases after you add on IDs, is that the need to get 25% means that you have to pursue potential petition signers, you can't just wait for them to come to you or you'll never get to 25%.  And if you have to go to the potential signers rather than let them come to you, you have to define a target universe for your callers and knockers.  A database with IDs is best, because you know that the SDs will almost certainly sign, so they're low-hanging fruit, you know not to waste your time on the SRs, and you can play it by ear on everyone in between.  But even just the raw registration lists at least gives you addresses and phone numbers of voters, the bare minimum you need if you have to go to them, rather than set up a table and let them come to you.

      The list of voters comes in handy even when dealing with the eligibles but not registered.  At least here in VA, a lot of people think they're registered but they're not.  Even if people can sign the petitions just based on eligibility, without being registered, you want to get them registered for the next step, the recall elections.  And getting them registered ought to help out as well in protecting their names from the challenges we know the other side will be eager to mount.  If WI has actually registered them to vote, there's no doubt they're eligible.

      At any rate, if you're working with a list of RVs, you know how to process people.  Already an RV -- then get them to sign and ID them for election GOTV.  Eligible but not registered  -- sign, register and ID.  Oh, and of course you ask all of them to volunteer.

      We should have destroyed the presidency before Obama took office. Too late now.

      by gtomkins on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 10:08:25 PM PST

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