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The long and endless campaign has been real and fun, but not always real fun.
Now we are two weeks out. What we knew two years ago is still true–this will be a close election and it will be won or lost on the ground. What happens next is simple. The Campaign that does the best job Getting Out The Vote: WINS. End of story.
So what are your plans to help GOTV?
Me, I’m off to Ohio.
I’ve made my plane reservations. I’ll fly into Columbus on November 2 and stay through Wednesday. I contacted the campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org and told them that I was coming. Less than a day later, somebody gave me a call, we chatted for a bit and they sent me a housing request form. I’ll get on the ground that Friday morning and spend the next five days doing whatever I can to GOTV in Ohio (which I hear is an important swing state).
There are plenty of other places and ways to GOTV as well. Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire and Colorado are all in play and your GOTV help in any of them would make a difference (just click a state’s link to find out how to connect with the campaign).
You don’t have to go somewhere to help GOTV, you can make phone calls from your home. The campaign is set-up to help you do that. You can do something from anywhere and whatever you do will help the ground game.
Go to vote.barackobama.com to find out how and where to vote in your state (or any other state). You can get the details about early voting, absentee voting and more ways that you can help GOTV.
In the non-swing states, there are some Congressional races, Senate races and ballot initiatives that could use some GOTV mojo as well. GOTV efforts will be important for these as well.
If you can join me in Columbus let me know. Perhaps we can have a Balloon Juice meet-up of some kind one evening at an appropriate watering hole.
It is time to get to work. What are your GOTV plans?