It was another great weekend at voter registration. Not only did we register a large amount of voters (for this time of year) but there were tons of questions about whether or not someone was on the PA Voter Services list, or whether they'd been purged. We're finding a lot of trouble with married women whose Drivers Licenses are different enough from their voter cards that they may well be denied suffrage if we don't get them fixed.
A number of people know that I'm going to the convention and stopped by to see how my logistics were coming, and to ask about the convention in general. So that you know, I'm all set with hotel, plane, parking and credentials. Still working on a rental car! It's interesting to me how many people are interested that they know someone who is going to the convention. I've kept a printout of everything people have asked me to do/see/record, both from the comments here and emails I've received. If you have anything to add, please feel free, and I'm going to really try to meet everyone's requests.
I wear a self-designed tee shirt (see image for front view) at voter registration (and other places) because it helps draw people in. If you know me personally, you know I'm never without voter forms and pens, because I am a voter registration drive 24/7/365. You can be one, too! If you'd like to have a shirt like mine, you can purchase one at this link. Any and all profit will be donated to the Obama campaign. If nothing else, the shirt causes people to walk up to you and ask questions wherever you are, and more often than not, registered voters will come up to you and ask about the candidates, and you have your opening. If you want to be a voter drive and need to know where to get forms, what the laws are in your state, or have any other questions, drop me a line and I'll help you. We cannot win if our people cannot vote, but remember, if you do registration, you must register everyone no matter what their beliefs or party.
Of interest from the weekend's voters: first the guy who had been walking up and down the shopping center, stopping, not asking anything. As we were breaking down the booth on Saturday, he approached the car to talk about Voter ID. We were listening, waiting for the question, and finally, he said that the solution for making sure that all citizens voted, and that only citizens voted was to put a chip in every baby's ear when he/she was born, and to chip all adults. The next morning, as I was setting up the booth, he came back, and all I could do was yell "NO CHIPS!" He hung around for about an hour and finally left.
I also met a high school girl who just became head of the Young Dems club at her school. She won't be old enough to vote this year, but will be working on getting her classmates who are old enough registered. She, her mom, and I, talked about the Constitution and the three branches of government. I was very encouraged about her prospects as a smart, active, member of society. It was heartwarming after having spoken with three people who were not registered, and didn't want to be because "voting doesn't matter."
Please remember to check that you are registered at this link. It covers all 50 states, and you should check yourself and everyone you know!