Okay--we protested at the RNC, we've been to anti-war marches and rallies, but, the only way we can actually get Bush out of office is by turning out the vote in the swing states and voting him OUT. Here's how to do it:
I'm Voting Bush OUT plans to sponsor 15 cars & drivers from NY to Ohio to get out the vote there. Thanks to all of you who came to our fundraising party last month, we've raised enough money to fund these trips--roughly $100 per car.
WHY SHOULD I GO TO OHIO? Ohio is a crucial swing state. No Republican has ever won the White House without carrying Ohio. Ohio has 20 electoral votes- that’s huge. The Republicans know this. They're organizing in full force. We need to do the same.
ACT has the largest progressive field operation on the ground, they have it all mapped out, we just have to go there and put in the time. ACT focuses on locating progressive voters, registering them, and then following up by phone to remind people to vote. They will also provide transportation to the polling places on election day, so that we won't have another Florida.
They DESPERATELY need volunteers to drive voters to the polls on November 2. Some of us are already committed to making the trip---what about you?
HOW DO I DO IT? If you have a car, and you want to make the trip to Ohio, and need money towards gas/food/lodging, we will help fund your trip! Email Zoe Leonard. You can also contact us to see if we can hook you up with someone who is going. OR you can hook up with people already driving out and use the $100 towards renting a car on Nov. 2 to drive people to the polls.
There’s lots of other work to do, too. They are registering voters until Oct. 2nd, and there’ s canvassing, and phoning, so if you can go anytime between now and the election, that would be great. If you can go for a week or more, ACT can arrange housing --
If you can only go for a weekend, or a couple of days, they will try to provide housing, but may not be able to. For any other questions, contact Anna Grace at 614-297-0223. She is the volunteer director for ACT Ohio. Anna is willing to put up friends, and friends of friends. Basically, they don't want to turn anyone away and will try to make it work for you if you can make the trip. Before you call, you can check out basic facts on their website.
WHAT ABOUT VOTING IN NEW YORK? If you do plan to go to Ohio for election day, you need to get an absentee ballot here at home. You can access that application at :
New York City residents (not Brooklyn, Bronx), send your application to: New York County Board of Elections, 200 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014.
WHAT IF I CAN'T GO TO OHIO? If you really CAN'T make the trip yourself, then how about sponsoring someone you know who CAN go---loan them your car, or give them $ for gas.
There are also other ways to pitch in from here. The New York ACT office needs volunteers to make phone calls to Ohio every night; these calls are a key way to reach certain voters, especially in rural areas.
The local ACT office is also organizing day trips by bus to Pennsylvania, another crucial swing state closer to home They're doing voter registration and canvassing. You can sign up for local activities at http://www.acthere.com
HOW FREAKED OUT SHOULD I BE THAT BUSH COULD WIN? The race is very tight. The clock is ticking. Remember, Florida was decided by a couple of hundred votes. Corruption aside, other states were, too: Arizona was decided by 366 votes. The people you register and the people you drive to the polls could decide the election.
Brought to you by I'm Voting Bush Out: Anna Blume, Nancy Brooks Brody, Andrea Dailey, Stacey D'Erasmo, Terri Dewhirst, Joy Episalla, Joy Garnett, Robin Haueter, Faye Hirsch, Barbara Hughes, Sarah East Johnson, Bill Jones, Zoe Leonard, Emily Miller, David Nelson, Beth Povinelli, Carrie Yamaoka
For NYC/RNC protest updates, photos, links to audio, streaming video and news articles consult the ongoing NEWSgrist coverage here.
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