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I've been calling independents in PA for Obama.  These people have until March 24 to change their registration to Democrat in order to vote in the Dem. primary.

Yesterday evening I called 40 people in a bit over an hour.  Mostly answering machines and wrong numbers, but out of a dozen people reached, I found 4 or 5 Obama supporters who were willing to go to and switch their registration to Democrat.  Last week I had a similar success rate, about 4 new votes per hour.

This is ***WAY** more effective than normal phonebanking.  Typically, being called raises the likelihood of voting by 5%, so you need to identify 20 supporters per every vote your call brings in.  However, in this case, every supporter you find is a new vote!  That means you're up to 20 times as effective now as you will be next week!

Rather than fret and sweat about minor fluctuation in the polls, please go to the Obama website phonebank page select Pennsylvania, and make a few calls.  20 calls takes about 30 minutes.

Since voter registration forms must be received by Monday, March 24, by this Friday people will no longer have the time to print the forms and be sure they're received on time, so it will be too late!  At that point, your phone calls will go back to their regular level of effectiveness = under 10% what they are today.

The best time to call is between 7PM and 8:45PM Eastern.

The Obama campaign has set a goal of 100,000 new Democrats by March 24.  An Obama victory in PA will decisively end the Clinton "kitchen sink" campaign.  A narrow defeat will keep him on track to be the nominee.

Originally posted to Cat Servant on Mon Mar 17, 2008 at 01:33 PM PDT.

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  •  Exclusive Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    I'm only accepting tips from people who have volunteered, or plan to volunteer, for Obama, thanks.  Rec.'s gladly accepted from everybody.

    •  We're off at 7:30 am (2+ / 0-)
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      on Saturday to Philadelphia.  The 3 of us (which includes our 8-year-old Hillary fan) will be registering new Dems, and changing registration for Republicans and Independents to allow them to vote for Obama.
      We are incredibly excited (well my husband and I are, my little one thinks it sounds pretty boring and she's not too happy about getting votes for Obama).

      So see -- my tip was entirely legal!

      If, in our efforts to win, we become as dishonest as our opponents on the right, we don't deserve to triumph.

      by Tamar on Mon Mar 17, 2008 at 01:43:12 PM PDT

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      •  From where? (1+ / 0-)
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        I live in the DC area and would like to go up to Philly to do the same. Let me know if you are from there and want to carpool?

        "There's not a liberal America and a conservative America; THERE'S THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA." OBAMA '08

        by democrattotheend on Mon Mar 17, 2008 at 02:15:01 PM PDT

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        •  We're leaving at 7 am from Silver Spring, MD (0+ / 0-)

          (where we live).  If you could get here or to the Forest Glen Metro (on the Red Line), we'd be happy to give you a ride there but can't drive you back because we're going off to visit my niece and her family in Philly after we get worn out registering people.
          My almost-8-year-old wants to know if she'll like you.    
          She wants to know if you're good with kids.  
          (warning:  she's a real chatterbox and she's a Hillary supporter, but she's good-humored about it!).

          you can contact me at

          If, in our efforts to win, we become as dishonest as our opponents on the right, we don't deserve to triumph.

          by Tamar on Mon Mar 17, 2008 at 05:50:30 PM PDT

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  •  Three cheers for you! (1+ / 0-)
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    The vanguard of change!


  •  Going to get back to calling asap (1+ / 0-)
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    Barack the Vote

  •  Good stuff. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm here at Penn State registering voters.  Lots of new Dems.  Frankly, we have a big here responsibility here on campus.  It's probably the largest and most concentrated Obama bloc in the state.  Thanks for the help!  I hadn't heard about the goal of 100,000.  Smarty-pants commentators said that we can't change the PA voting pool substantially.  Let's prove them wrong.

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