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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Okay, real election news

The voter registration campaigns are working wonders. For all those who think that the Democrats are completely clueless on how to run a campaign because everything on TV is so down, down, down, pay close attention. Kerry and his people are not stupid--they know that the major news networks don't want him to win as a general rule. So they are taking this election to the people directly--and they are incorporating Bill Clinton's advice.

What they have that Clinton didn't is massive efforts by people not directly related to the campaign that are dedicated to getting out the vote for Kerry. And it's clearly working, and it's going to get better from here. If you live in Austin, there's a huge burlesque show on Sunday that you have to either produce your voter registration card to get into, or register at the door. Creative efforts like this are pulling in younger voters, I'm sure of it.

Of course, the next step is actually getting people to vote, but I'm sure that these registration efforts can be turned towards that on election day. I've heard that some places will be throwing parties that you can't get into without your "I Voted" sticker--that's a good idea. (In fact, the polling place is like right by my house in my neighborhood....it's an idea.....)

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the folks at Punk Voter informed me that the youth voter registration campaign Rock the Vote has seemingly been a failure. Except for the first year it was in existance, youth voter turn out went down every election since RtV started. PV's philosophy is that instead of getting kids to register and then not show up, that you have to convince young people that there are important reasons to vote in this election, and they'll do the rest themselves.

Jake.

9/28/2004

 
Blogger Amanda said...

I agree with you completely--the Rock the Vote stuff is weak, because they don't take the issues seriously but instead try to guilt you into voting. That doesn't work with young people so well. What does work is taking them seriously.

9/28/2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if you take a page out of the GOP's campaign book, you could tell the youth that if Bush is re-elected, "THEY WILL BE DRAFTED!!!!!" (insert Cheneyesque sneer here) Thus doubling their chances of being killed by "TERRORISTS" (Pause for loyalty oath signing mindless applause). Fear fear fear. Sadly, they probably will be drafted. Draft boards are hiring staff now. That just might motivate them to give a shit and vote.

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