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There is very little I can say that hasn't already been said many times about the importance of and opportunity presented by the mid-term elections. We are almost 30 days out and things are looking good, but races are close and getting out the vote will be the key

Bringing Troops Home, The Erosion of Civil Liberties, Preserving Social Security, Sound Economic Policies, Energy and Restoring America's Image are all on the line. And every one of us can and should do all we can to make a difference.

Volunteering your time on a campaign is a concrete and very satisfying way to do your part to change the direction of this country. And with only about 30 days left until the election it's time to roll up your sleeves and get busy. If you've been looking for an opportunity to do just that consider joining me in Canvassing for Diane Farrell this Saturday, October 7th.

Diane Farrell is running for Congress in Connecticut's 4th District against Chris Shays. Farrell ran against Shays in 2004 and came within 4% points of defeating. This time around the race is considered one of the most competitive in the country. This race is considered a toss up by both Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball and The NY Times. Diane is running hard and is aggressively going after Shay's record as an Iraq War Support and Bush Agenda Enabler.

Turnout is going to be a decisive factor in this race so GOTV efforts are crucial. In terms of results canvassing is one of the most effective GOTV tools; a Yale Study showed that door-to-door canvassing can raise turn out between 7%-12% If you're in the NYC area and would like to make this kind a difference join me and actNOW this Saturday, October 7th on a canvassing trip to Stamford, CT.

Not only is canvassing one of the most effective GOTV tools, it's also one of the most fun - really. If you decide to come along on this trip I can promise you that that you'll meet interesting people, receive good training and make a real difference. Farrell's field director is very well organized and your energy and enthusiam will be put to good use.

If you want more information or would like to join me on this canvassing trip go to the actNOW website for more information or to RSVP.

See you Saturday!

Originally posted to brookeb on Thu Oct 05, 2006 at 09:34 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Very important effort (1+ / 0-)
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    BWarren

    The ground presence is going to be all important in this race.  I'm working with a group called the Hilltop Brigade www.hilltopbrigade.org that is organizing people from the two safe CT districts to travel into the other 3 to do field work.  I keep meaning to do a diary about them, maybe I'll get to it today.

    I can confirm that the Farrell field director is fantastic.  I worked with 4 or 5 of Kerry's field offices during the '04 campaign, and none of them were anywhere near as organized or professional as Farrell's campaign.

    See you on Saturday, brookeb! We're expecting to bring 50 people with us, and there's a much larger crowd planning to come down on the 14th.

  •  This is Crunch Time (1+ / 0-)
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    jconan

    I'll be joining the trip this Saturday. It's too important not to go. I hope everyone joins.

  •  Question: Why don't more people do this? (2+ / 0-)
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    jamie289, hellas30

    There are tens of thousands of folks on Kos all the time, and many of us are in "safe" districts. We can blog away all day and not actually change votes.

    What can we do to get more people to put in the effort to volunteer?

    •  That's the $1 Million Question (0+ / 0-)

      Or, rather, the $1 Billion Question, since we could easily overwhelm all of the Republican (and, if we wanted, Democratic) corporate money in elections if everyone just took a few hours to talk to voters.

  •  I think people are scared (0+ / 0-)

    There's a deep fear of talking to strangers, even if it's about something you have a lotta passion for. Compared with overcoming your fears and doing what's right, the prospect of vegging out in front of TV or even just writing/complaining about politics is a lot easier.

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