How to Get Engaged in Politics on Election Day
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I asked Johnnie come down to Tampa and speak with the volunteers. He told me they do not do door-to-door but rather do phone calling or work at small groups during campaign time. Johnnie explained that with so many registered voters, many of whom may be unregistered because they came in on vacation or were first time voters, being part of an unprecedented advantage group could be a real help in getting the election night results we want. I was thinking about that the other day when I read in the Wall Street Journal that the Working Families Party was going to be holding an event in Florida with over a million registered voters.
I then asked Johnnie if he knew how they would get such an extraordinary turnout. He said they would have to create an incredible web application using volunteer microblogging sites. Each person would log on and “like” the political page on the page. Once that page is like, shared and recommended, they can forward it along to their friends. That would provide an unprecedented advantage to any campaign since you would be able to target every registered voter in the country and turn them out for your campaign.
Since this idea is not new, Johnnie already has an answer. He said that the Working Families Party already has an online system that they use to compile information about each of the registered voters in the country. He said they would be using that system to compile the data collected on all the members of their volunteer organization. Then they would be able to use the data to elect superdelegated leaders through an online voting process that requires a membership to be active.
Johnnie did mention that the Working Families Party is going to run an innovative project called “Election Day Registration”. What will they do? Well, each member will log on to the site at different times on election day, just as they would do on the internet today. At each point, they will be required to click on a small icon. Once that “click” is made, that person will be registered to vote.
Johnnie also explained that another advantage of that web application would be that it will enable volunteers to get a look at where their money is going after election day. For instance, if they see that it is not disbursing on itemized deductions off their paycheck, that will immediately give them an idea of where the rest of the money is coming from. He said that by using the same web application that the Working Families Party uses, all they have to do is log on at any time during the day and they will be able to see their campaign headquarters. They will be able to see where the bulk of their money is being spent and perhaps what their spending limit is. In essence, they will be looking at exactly how much they have to spend each day, to the maximum extent possible.
Finally, many volunteers might want to consider the political science behind the idea of ekdahl for mayor. It basically states that because so many people have donated to such an unusual political campaign, it will inevitably end up with a tie or a runoff election between two candidates. However, in this case, neither of the two hopefuls has a clear mandate. In this situation, voters would elect the candidate who has more support and then they will vote to determine who will get the second spot on November’s ballot.
Politics can be exciting as ever, but volunteers need to keep their focus when they are doing their usual duty on election day. They need to do what they can to help their candidate win the runoff. If that means focusing on what they can do to increase their chances of winning, then they should do that. After all, it might be political karma to ensure that they can continue to enjoy the benefits of their past donations to the Working Families Party once the general election is over and they are officially registered as volunteers.