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Democrats have a turnout problem.  Base voters are too lazy, ignorant or busy to vote on Election Day.  Volunteers have to go to work.  People have to wait in discouragingly long lines during rush hour and lunch hour.  Make Election Day a holiday and solve some of these problems.

I don't understand why this isn't part the national Democratic strategy.


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  •  I think we should push for mail-in voting (2+ / 0-)
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    Andrew F Cockburn, chimene

    In WA, we all vote by mail. It started in some counties 15 years ago, and after 2010 or so, all counties have switched over.

    We've got 3 weeks to vote, all you have to do is get the ballot in the mail by the end of the day. (We actually have until 8pm if you take it to designated drop boxes.) The ballots are on paper, so that if there's a recount, everything is ready to go without electronic shenanigans.

    We can sit down with all of the materials and study candidates and issues that might be unfamiliar to us. No waiting hours in line, no taking time from work.

    It makes GOTV difficult, but that's life.

    Once mailed, we can check on our ballots online and see when they are received, and then when they verified. The county doesn't start counting until election day, which drives the local media nuts I'm sure (screw'em, we can wait) that they often can't pronounce a victory election night.

    But...even with all that ease...many voters don't even bother. It drives me crazy.

    •  I've wondered about that (2+ / 0-)
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      bleeding blue, Andrew F Cockburn

      Here in NJ, voting by mail is becoming a popular GOTV tactic on both sides.  Some are calling it "guaranteed votes" as long as you can keep up the effort from the time the ballots go out.  It's interesting to hear that it's not a magic 100% turnout tonic.

      It's also a popular method for getting first generation immigrants to cast ballots.  Have someone organize a party (not necessarily political in nature) where everyone comes and signs up for a mail-in ballot, then have another one where everyone fills them out.  Free booze and food as well.

      •  We have a lot of immigrants here too (1+ / 0-)
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        Andrew F Cockburn

        LOTS of ethnic groups from all over.

        What we find is that there are respected members of each group, and they are the ones that other members of their community turn to with help in navigating through the many challenges they face as new-comers to the US...which includes advice on how to cast their ballots.

        For the past 3-4 years, we here in our district have been trying to identify these trusted advocates, and try to help them by being a bridge to our local officials, and bring forth their well as just get to know them on a personal level.

        If we as Democrats can prove ourselves useful, it can't but help. The xenophobia of the GOP aids in this outreach, there ain't nothing over on the other side for them. We just need to show to these groups that the government isn't bad...there is a lot of distrust amongst these immigrant groups, and they like to keep a low profile.

        Look for those ethnic community leaders and get on their good side.

  •  It is a holiday in Australia. (0+ / 0-)

    And probably most other countries.

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