We need you. No question about it.
No question either about how much every little bit helps.
Yesterday I spent that glorious afternoon canvassing in Precinct 4. I had some terrific conversations with several people who said, well why does my vote matter? Durham County will go for Obama and the Democrats regardless. And I explained how our votes DO matter. The bigger the win in Durham County, the more chance we have to turn North Carolina blue again. Most folks don't think about how votes add up in a statewide race -- and every vote counts. And most folks don't know the story about how our 71,000 vote margin of victory for Obama in Durham County in 2008 offset 40% of the counties Republicans won. Without a huge margin of victory in Durham County and Mecklenburg County Democrats would not have carried the state in 2008. And we can do it again.
I think it's even more important this year than in 2008. There is so much at stake at both the state and national level. So please give whatever time you can for whatever works for you. Canvassing, voter registration, letter writing, making meals, making calls, driving folks to the polls for early voting. It all makes a difference.
And here's something really easy: just check out this Why Obama Now? message and pass on to friends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9G8XREyG0Q&feature=youtu.be
Here's what we need this week:
Just 5 more days to register new voters. Friday, October 12 is the last day to register to vote -- outside of One Stop Early Voting. So stop by the OFA office at Heritage Square Shopping Center (401 E. Lakewood) any time from 10:00 AM on and pick up some voter registration forms and head out to your favorite neighborhood spot to register voters for an hour or two. My friend Carol registered 6 new voters Saturday at Dollar General on Broad St. Every vote counts.
Reach out to new and infrequent voters. You can pick up a walk pack at Broad Street Cafe on Wednesday evening October 10 at 5:30 PM, or at lots of neighborhood sites on Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14. Just visit https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/search_simpleto find an event near you. Or if you'd rather reach out by phone, stop by the OFA office any day or the new Democratic Party Combined Campaign Office at 1804 Martin Luther King Blvd on Saturdays. Durham Democratic Women will not have its usual Thursday night Outreach event on October 11 so that everyone can watch the Vice Presidential Debate at 8:00 PM.
Sign up to work the polls during One Stop Early Voting. Durham Democratic Women will be helping to coordinate poll workers to pass out Obama Straight Flip cards at the polls to encourage people to vote for President Obama first, then the straight Democratic ticket and then to turn the ballot over to vote for fair judges. Though most folks know who they want to vote for for President before they come to the polls, not too many think about the judges. And they are so important this year, with the State Supreme Court hearing appeals on the new electoral districts that have divided Durham into 4 Congressional Districts trying to dilute our strong Democratic vote. And we can also help anyone who is denied their right to vote get advice from Voter Protection lawyers. One Stop Early Voting begins Thursday, October 18 and continues through November 3. You can work as many shifts as you like over that two week period, at any of the 5 Early Voting sites across the County. We'll have training and materials available for everyone. Please sign up here. http://durhamdemocrats.org/early-voting-campaign-volunteer-sign-up/
Help us publicize the new Downtown Durham Early Voting Site. We're having a March and Early Voting Festival on Saturday, October 20, 11-3 PM to make sure everyone knows that the new History Hub for the Museum of Durham HIstory is where they need to go to vote early this year -- instead of the Board of Elections or the Main Durham Library. We'll have bands and food trucks and banners and lots of good cheer to welcome the voters and to let all of Durham know there is a new place to vote. So plan on doing your FArmers Market shopping early and join us to celebrate our sacred right to vote. More information to come soon. If you want to help please contact Sondra at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kate@durhampa.org
How about some new political finery? Durham Democratic Women has a great new shirt with our new logo. You can order it from our CafePress store at http://www.cafepress.com/durhamdemocraticwomen I hear there's a Columbus Day weekend discount so check it out today!
Watch the VP Debate in the Company of Friends. Thursday at 8 PM it's Paul Ryan's turn to tell more lies. YOu can be sure that Joe Biden won't let him get away with it! Watch the debate with other Democrats at the Carolina Ale House on Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd (across from Target) any time after 7:30 PM. And come back for all the other debates too on October 16 and October 22. Sign up at https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/2012debatewatchparty/gslxmc
Before the debate join Crafters4Obama at 5:00 at the Scrap Exchange at Golden Belt. https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/communityservice/gslmmb
Meet all the Democratic Council of State and Statewide Judicial Candidates Saturday, October 13, 2-4 PM at Chapel Hill HIgh School. See for yourself who these candidates are so you can proudly tell folks at the polls: Vote for Obama.
Vote a "Straight" Democratic Ticket. Then turn the ballot over and vote for Fair Judges.
And last but not least…October is Durham Democratic Women membership renewal time. If you are not a member and would like to join us, or if you became a member last year, now is the time to renew. It's jut $15/year and all of that money goes toward our local and
statewide Democratic Women campaigns and events. Just head over to our website atwww.durhamdemwomen.org or just click here to join us! http://www.durhamdemwomen.org/uploads/1/3/4/7/13473875/become_a_member_of_ddw_form.pdf
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