If YOU don't volunteer, WE could all lose.

I know the poll numbers look good. I know we've got a great candidate and many endorsements. But none of it counts unless supporters know when and where to vote, and show up to do it. If you don't help make that happen, then Barack Obama could easily lose this election, and you'll be partially responsible.

There are loads of voters out there who still don't know which day is actually election day. There are even more of them who don't have a clue where to vote. And there are other supporters who aren't yet registered and don't know that they can actually vote and register on the same day here in Iowa.

People are still telling me that “Of course we'll be voting for Obama on Nov. 10!”

This is a huge problem.

For all of the faults in John McCain's ground game, one thing that the Republicans have done better than us, many times, is get out the vote. They get it. They know that the votes are only counted on election day, and they actually fulfill their civic duty and help others do the same. If they do a better job than us, yet again, John McCain will win and we'll see another four years of Bush-style policies.

So, if you're planning to vote for Barack Obama, but you haven't signed up to volunteer in the final days of this campaign, why not?

Go to www.barackobama.com, find your closest office, sign up for just one hour or more, and you can tell your friends that you won the election.

Don't believe this campaign is over, because it's not. Don't think you're the only one who doesn't like making phone calls or knocking on the doors of strangers, because you are sure as hell not. And don't think that someone else will make up for your lack of effort, because they won't.

Realize that YOU can either win or lose this election. So get in on the game now, or sit on the sidelines, cheering on your team, and prepare yourself for defeat.

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  • good to see you, abkad!

    I agree with you in spirit and only want to add that you should remind people to fill out the whole ballot and not just vote for Obama.

    I don’t want to leave winnable down-ticket seats on the table. We have the potential to elect a lot of Democrats on Obama’s coat-tails in Iowa.

    • I agree with you 100%.

      Please, everyone, do vote for all the Dems on the ballot.  

      The only reason I left that out is that Obama’s GOTV program is THE GOTV program in this state and Campaign for Change is basically coordinating everything, or at least for most of the state.

      I know that Campaign for Change is pushing for all Democrats to win, so by working with them on GOTV, you are working to elect all the down-ticket candidates.

      I’m hoping this means that Obama can pull off a win even in the West and pull Hubler into victory as well.

  • Polk County Dems need these shifts filled

    November 1st – November 4th

    Doorknockers and Phoners:

    Saturday, Nov 1st


    10a – 2p

    1p – 5p

    4p – 8p

    Sunday, Nov 2nd


    12p – 4p

    2p – 6p

    4p – 8p

    Monday, Nov 3rd


    10a – 2p

    12p – 4p

    3p – 7p

    5p – 9p

    Tuesday, Nov 4th

    Election Day



    10a – 1p

    1p – 430p

    430p – 9p

    Tuesday, Nov 4th

    Election Day


    10a- 1p

    1p – 430p

    430p – 6p

    6p – 9p

    We are also in need of precinct reporters in may precincts as part of a new program working with our pollwatchers to update voter turnout information more quickly.  These would be all day shifts when possible.

    Please let us know if you can help out!

    Thank you!

    Tamyra Harrison

    Executive Director

    Polk County Democrats



    • Sign up for everything, everywhere!

      Every single office, in every single county, needs help.

      desmoinesdem should obviously be repping for Polk and has easy access to that info, but don’t forget that your local office needs just as much help.

      Each office is like a used car lot:  “NO REASONABLE OFFER WILL BE REFUSED!”