Yesterday I went out and voted at an early voting station in Baltimore. The lines were long and it took about an hour. It was easy and now I am free to give my all to the GOTV effort in the coming week and especially on November 2.
I plan to head North to Philadelphia and lend a hand to the Sestak GOTV effort. I’ll do some GOTV in Maryland this week, but I find myself pretty confident that Governor Martin O’Malley is going to crush our former corruptionist Governor, Bob ‘the baby’ Ehrlich (the latest polls show an expanding 14 point lead). The race in Pennsylvania is closer and so I will spend next Monday and Tuesday there.
I’m glad that early voting let’s me concentrate 100% on Election Day GOTV efforts and offers me the choice to leave Baltimore and lend a hand elsewhere.
If you are at all concerned about the outcome of the 2010 Election–and live in a State with early voting–I strongly encourage you to get it done and then focus your energy on the GOTV effort as well.
Early voting is now active in 29 States (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming), while another state, Virginia allows early absentee voting under under certain circumstances (follow the link if you live in the Old Dominion to see if you can make the cut).
A daily track of early voting can be found here.
We will be out spent, but we will not be out organized. Many elections couid come down to a handful of votes. A change in turnout levels by just 1% could turn the tide [Nate over at 538 is reporting tonight that if Democrats out preform the polls by 2-3% the predictions of a GOP wave could become just another failed bit of DC conventional wisdom–that would be a nice turn of events.]. If we’ve learned anything over the last decade it is the importance of each and every vote. Ask Al Franken or anybody who survived the Bush years with their memory still intact.