Getting Out the Vote in Philly

3 November, 2008 at 12:14 pm (2008 Election, Barack Obama, Politics, Travel, Weekend Update)

Yesterday, Rachel and I went to Philadelphia to canvas for Barack Obama. We went to about 400 houses, leaving door hangers that tell newly registered and registered-but-haven’t-voted-in-a-long-time Democrats where they can vote, and what different voting laws are.

When we were out, we didn’t talk to too many people (we were just leaving the door hangers!), but those we did talk to were pretty excited. However, I also learned how unaware some people are about the voting process. A 19-year-old thought she couldn’t register because she didn’t have the card they sent her when she registered. I told her that wasn’t true, explained what she needed…and this morning I was telling a coworker that, and it turns out her husband (a lawyer!) thought the same thing! So, for the 2-or-3 of you who read this that may not know, here’s a list of what you can use to go vote (taken from the Vote For Change website):

If you are a new voter who is registering by mail, you will be required to show identification when you go to vote for the first time. If you are already registered at the board of elections or a state agency, you should not have to show identification at the polls. It is advisable for all new voters to bring identification when voting for the first time. Acceptable IDs to vote are:

– Driver’s License or motor vehicles non-driver photo ID card
– Passport
– Government photo ID card, including public housing ID card and military ID card
– Other current and valid photo ID card, including student ID card
– Any ID specified by HAVA and New York State law as acceptable
– Utility bill
– Bank statement
– Paycheck
– Government check (Social Security, tax refund, military paycheck or paycheck stub)
– Other government documents with your name and address including, but not limited to, a voter registration card, hunting, fishing, or trapping license or firearm permit.

To find out where your polling place is, get directions to it, and find out other info about voting in your state, visit voteforchange.com.

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4 Comments

  1. morsec0de said,

    As a citizen of Philadelphia, I just have to say, you people are REALLY annoying. 😉

    I love ya, but you vote canvassing people are EVERYWHERE! And the call center people. My coworker is on the verge of saying that if anyone else calls him about voting, he’s not going to vote just to spite them.

    But seriously, keep up the good work. Can’t wait until this is over tomorrow.

  2. adayinthelyfe said,

    haha yeah, I think that’s the curse of living in a swing state. They must have decided New York is pretty blue, because we’re not getting any of that in NYC!

  3. Rosella said,

    I am proud of you for going to work for what you believe. Did Rachel just go along for the ride or have you moved her into the blue column?
    I have an employee who thought her vote wouldn’t count, that only the votes in Fl and Pa and OH counted. So she didn’t register. Well, sometimes it is better if the ignorant don’t vote. But it is unbelievable that in this day and age, anyone could be so unprepared for one of the biggest events of our lives.

  4. adayinthelyfe said,

    Rachel isn’t a dyed-in-the-wool Dem like me, but she’s Blue for this election…she was definitely a willing participant!

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