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Post by Orlylicious » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:11 am

Let's Vote! This is just for fun. Polls should be ignored, the key is getting out voters to the polls. Win or lose, we have to do our best in every race; while the marquee races are important, all the legislative and state seats are vital since the Census will be coming up in 2020. Governors have a huge role in that process.

So here's the idea: Let's have a contest to see who here can get the greatest number of Democratic and Independent voters out in the midterms! Let's GOTV!

It's the honor system, we all know each other... the rule is it has to be an actual vote, by mail, early voting or voting day itself.

How many people can we each be responsible for getting to the polls and voting for Democrats? Just post messages and keep track of how many you get to mail in their ballot or get to the polls. Theoretically, you can see if the person voted since it's public record, you can look up if they returned a ballot... but it's fine to just know they did and count it. Bonus points if the voter is in a red state (count it as 1.5 voters). Note: This isn't a payment for voting, it's to encourage folks to get friends and family to get out there and vote.

The winner will get a $25.00 prize for their favorite charity or to Fogbow, I'm happy to put up the stakes. Winner announced November 7th. Hope this is a fun way to help take back the country.

LET'S GET VOTING! :thumbs:
2018 Midterm Elections Early Voting Dates By State:

SEPT. 20
Wisconsin
In-person absentee ballots can be submitted up to 47 days before the election, but start dates vary by municipality. Deadline for absentee ballots is the sunday before the election but also may vary by municipality.

SEPT. 21
Minnesota
Voters can submit an absentee ballot in person as early as 46 days before the election and as late as Nov. 5.

South Dakota
Voters can submit an absentee ballot in person as early as 46 days before the election and as late as Election Day. Early voting dates may vary by county.

SEPT. 22
Maine
Early voting generally begins 30-45 days before an election and ends on Election Day. Early voting dates may vary by county.

New Jersey
Early voting generally begins as early as 45 days before an election and ends as late as Nov. 5. Early voting dates may vary by county.

Vermont
Early voting generally begins as early as 45 days before an election and ends as late as Election Day. Voters can submit their ballot in person or by mail via an absentee ballot. Early voting dates may vary by county.

SEPT. 27
Wyoming
Voters can submit an absentee ballot in person as early as 40 days before the election and as late as Election Day. Early voting dates may vary by county.

North Dakota
Through Nov. 5.

OCT. 7
California
Early voting generally begins 30 days before the election, but specific dates vary by county. Early voting end dates also vary by county.

Nebraska
Voters can submit an absentee ballot in person as early as 30 days before the election and as late as Election Day. Early voting dates may vary by county.

OCT. 8
Iowa
Voters can submit an absentee ballot as early as 29 days before the election at the county auditors' office.

OCT. 9
Montana
Voters can pick up an absentee ballot in person as early as 28 days before the election and return it by Election Day

OCT. 10
Indiana
Voters can submit an absentee ballot in person as early as 27 days before the election and as late as noon on Nov. 5.

Ohio
Early in-person voting during weekdays up until the weekend before Election Day, when voters can also submit a ballot on Saturday and Sunday.

Arizona
Early ballots are mailed

OCT. 15
Georgia
Early voting begins Oct. 15 and continues to Nov. 2.

OCT. 17
Tennessee
Early voting beings 20 days before the election and continues to Nov. 1.

North Carolina
Voters can submit an absentee ballot in person as early as 20 days before the election and as late as Nov. 3. Registered voters will be able to stop at any designated absentee voting site in their counties.

Oregon
Oregon voters recieve a ballot in the mail. The first day to mail ballots is Oct. 17. Nov. 6 is the last day to drop off ballots at County Clerk's office.

OCT. 19
Washington
Washington state has an 18 day voting period that starts on Oct 19. Drop boxes close on Nov. 6 at 8:00 p.m. Some my recive their ballot no later than Oct 25.

OCT. 20
New Mexico
Voters can submit a ballot in person as early as 17 days before the election and as late as Nov. 3. Early voting dates may vary by county.

Nevada
Through Nov. 2.

OCT. 22
Alaska
Voters can submit a ballot in person as early as 15 days before the election. Early voting dates may vary by county.

Arkansas
Voters can submit a ballot in person as early as 15 days before the election and as late as Nov. 5. Early voting dates may vary by county.

District of Columbia
Early voting begins specifically for One Judiciary Square. Voters can submit an in-person ballot 15 days before the election. Outside of this location, ballots can be submitted 10 days before the election (Oct. 27). Early voting ends on Nov. 5.

Idaho
Early voting can begin as late as 15 days before the election, but start dates may be earlier and vary by county. Early voting ends on Nov. 2. More information »

Illinois
Voters can submit an absentee ballot in person as early as 15 days before the election and as late as Nov. 5.

Massachusetts
Voters can submit a ballot in person as early as 15 days before the election and as late as Nov. 2.

Texas
Voters can submit a ballot in person as early as 15 days before the election and as late as Nov. 2. Registered voters will be able to stop at any designated early voting site in their counties.

OCT. 23
Hawaii
Voters can submit a ballot in person as early as 14 days before the election and as late as Nov. 3. Early voting dates may vary by county.

Louisiana
Through Oct. 30, with the exception of Sunday, Oct. 28.

Utah
Through Nov. 2.

OCT. 24
West Virginia
Through Nov. 3

OCT. 25
Maryland
Through Nov. 1

OCT. 27
Florida
Through Nov. 3.

OCT. 30
Colorado
Colorado voters receive a ballot in the mail, and in-person voting starts at least 7 days before the election, but start dates may vary by county. In-person voting ends on Election Day.

Kansas
Early voting must begin at least 7 days before the election, but start dates may vary by county and can be as many as 20 days in advance of the election. Early voting ends Nov. 5.

NOV. 1
Oklahoma
Voters can cast a ballot at their local county election office Thursday and Friday prior to the election from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday before the election from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Early voting ends on Nov. 4.



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Post by Clairez » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:25 am

I did manage to get a couple of under 30's who had never voted before to register here in Indiana. I told the one young lady that if she didn't follow through and vote I would roll her in snow the first snowfall after election day.

My son and I had a long talk with both of them about who to vote for and I told them that this year just vote a straight democratic ticket for best results.

Now just to make sure they follow through. :flag:



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Post by Orlylicious » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:23 pm

That's awesome Clairez! Here in Broward County, David Hogg and the Parkland kids have been stealthily registering voters and getting young people to commit. If we can just get that block to get out and vote it will swamp the boomers (generally boomers are double the number of young voters). Let's get this done!


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Post by Orlylicious » Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:18 pm

We now have 7 going to first day of early voting in Florida October 27... bastards cutting early voting back to 10/27-11/6, it's shameful. If anybody is in Broward County pm me and join in, we're going to vote and have an alcohol filled lunch :P


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Post by Orlylicious » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:08 pm

Breitbart and the GOP have nothing to run on so they are down to fear. Millions of quiet Democrats are ready to vote. Let's do it!
Nancy Pelosi Tells Harvard: Democrats Could Win ‘Tsunami’
17 Oct 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told students at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on Tuesday that Democrats will win the midterm elections, and the only question is whether there will be a “wave” or a “tsunami.” “People ask me all over the country, ‘Is it a wave, or is it a tsunami?'” she said. “And I said, well, in either case, it’s little drops of water. And many of them. How many a wave, how many more a tsunami. But they’re all close. They’re all very, very close. These are many close races.

“I think if the election were today, we would win the majority. I don’t know how much water would be involved, but we would win the majority. Wave or tsunami, we’ll see in three weeks.” She added: “I would much rather, from the standpoint of handicapping, be Democrats than Republicans today. We’re in a much better place. Voting is beginning, and so we intend — we have fabulous candidates on the field.” Later, she observed: “I’ve never seen anything like it, the mobilization that is out there.”

Pelosi was ousted as Speaker of the House after the “wave” election of 2010, when Democrats lost 71 seats — the biggest loss since 1938. However, she retained control of the Democratic caucus in the House. Pelosi has indicated that she will run for speaker again if Democrats win the majority she is predicting. Though several dozen new candidates have already said they will not vote for her, it is unclear how many of them will actually win their races.
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Post by Orlylicious » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:45 am

Yay Obama! Please please come to Florida for Gillum! The Excuses video is awesome.



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Post by woodworker » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:22 pm

I wish I could play, but I can't. I am traveling to Las Vegas next weekend to work as a poll watcher from 10/29 through the election.


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Post by Orlylicious » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:43 am

That's awesome you are doing that Woodworker, thanks and sounds like there will be time for fun too also :P


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Post by woodworker » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:57 pm

Orlylicious wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:43 am
That's awesome you are doing that Woodworker, thanks and sounds like there will be time for fun too also :P
I really don't like Vegas itself. Driving around you see ads and billboards everywhere advertising for quick loans secured against your car, your paycheck, your jewelry, etc. and for bankruptcy services. I represented gaming companies in my prior life and despite all those people claiming that they always win, BS, play long enough and the house always win.

I might catch a show and will definitely try some different restaurants, but I have no desire to go in the casinos themselves -- I can easily see becoming addicted to gambling and that scares me.


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Post by Orlylicious » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:29 pm

My best friend from school was the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Harrah's, he put the $20 billion deal to buy Caesar's together. His office was 4000 square feet in Caesar's, it was awesome fun. He got tired of it too, they are all overleveraged and except for corrupt guys like Sheldon Adelson are still underwater. My buddy was happy to get out and made a fortune. The house always wins :lol:


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Post by kate520 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:13 pm

I’ve persuaded three reluctant young voters, Sprout’s neighborhood friends, who can’t stand Trump but think voting is a waste, their votes won’t count, etc., to come to the polling place where I’ll be working. We had a lively discussion about how many people say that every year, and how this year instead of just voting hundreds of people like them are running for office and it will be different. They bought that :lol:


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Post by Orlylicious » Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:20 pm

That's awesome Kate! Whatever it takes!!

THREE WEEKENDS UNTIL THE MIDTERMS!

Please please canvass, phone bank, text bank even (you can do it from home). The blue wave is a drop at a time and every single vote counts!


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Post by RVInit » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:24 am

kate520 wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:13 pm
I’ve persuaded three reluctant young voters, Sprout’s neighborhood friends, who can’t stand Trump but think voting is a waste, their votes won’t count, etc., to come to the polling place where I’ll be working. We had a lively discussion about how many people say that every year, and how this year instead of just voting hundreds of people like them are running for office and it will be different. They bought that :lol:
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Post by Orlylicious » Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:11 pm

We're having a great canvassing day in South Florida!

Do you want to help out? You can phone bank from home:

http://m.floridadems.org/Phonebank

Start Making Calls
Open Virtual Phone Bank (OpenVPB) is your tool to make phone calls to voters and automatically record their responses for your organization.
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/7E23C2C-267981

Most states have this kind of volunteering. If anybody participates and helps, please let me know and I'd be happy to post a thank you to your Twitter if you have it saying thanks!


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Post by Orlylicious » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:31 pm

Did anybody else canvass or phonebank today? We canvassed, we're exhausted but Florida is fired up. The Red Tide is a game changer, everybody's talking about it because it's killing tourism in all parts of the state. Some folks thought it wouldn't make a difference if they voted but we convinced them. We also said if you don't vote you can't bitch and you know how Democrats love to bitch so that was convincing too also :lol: Early voting isn't till 10/25 but mail in ballots are already coming in. Weekdays are hard for us but for these next three weekends, we've pledged no news, no poll watching and absolutely no wasting time with Republicans, this is a base turnout election. We're going out as many days as possible, the apps make it pretty easy. Let's make it happen!


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Post by Orlylicious » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:12 pm

From The Hill:
Early voting hints at huge turnout
BY REID WILSON - 10/20/18 12:52 PM EDT

More than 4.3 million Americans have already cast their ballots in the midterm elections, and early signs point to a huge increase in turnout from the last midterm elections in 2014, when overall voter participation hit a 70-year low. The robust turnout in the first days of early voting in some states dovetails with other indications that voter enthusiasm is higher this year than in previous years. More voters showed up to cast ballots in party primaries than in years past, and polls show more voters say they are enthusiastic about or closely following news about the election than in prior contests.
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Nearly 26 million ballots have been requested or mailed to voters around the country, according to McDonald’s tally. That’s more than the approximately 25 million voters who cast a ballot early in the 2014 midterms, either by mail or in person. Millions more will vote in person when early voting locations open in their areas.

Already, more than 800,000 Florida residents have voted in competitive races for governor and a U.S. Senate seat. Nearly half a million Californians have cast their ballot. So have more than 200,000 people in Tennessee and Arizona. More than 100,000 ballots have been submitted in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. McDonald estimated that midterm turnout could be as high as 50 percent of the voting-eligible population, a peak last reached in the 1966 midterm elections.

Though most states have only just begun to open their early voting locations, there are indications that younger voters and first-time voters are showing up in higher proportions than in previous years. In most states, infrequent and new voters are making up 15 to 20 percent of the electorate so far, according to an analysis by TargetSmart Communications, a Democratic data analytics firm. “The conventional wisdom is that the early vote and the absentee vote is skewed toward people who are going to vote anyway,” said Tom Bonier, the CEO of TargetSmart.

Both Democratic and Republican data experts have built databases that allow them to identify exactly who has voted. That allows both sides to identify early trends, and to make adjustments based on those trends to bolster participation in places where turnout is lagging. Information about those who have already cast their ballots also gives campaigns a chance to hone their pitches to a smaller universe of voters, by removing those who have already voted from contact lists.
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Early statistics in Georgia show African-American voters are showing up at disproportionately high rates. Of the more than 300,000 Georgia residents who have voted early, about 30 percent are black, a higher rate than the 2014 figures. A similar increase in black turnout has not occurred yet in North Carolina or South Carolina, an indication that Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) may be turning out more of her core base than Democrats in other states. “Her campaign has been encouraging her voters to vote early,” McDonald said.
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Post by Foggy » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:19 am

Just the possibility that Stacey Abrams might win fills me with hope for the future of this great nation.

Can't canvass, I'm still wearing the consarn frickin' frackin' boot. It might could come off next Friday. Can't phone bank, I hate phone banking with a purple passion. :blackeye:

But I have been running the NCDP booth at the NC State Fair for 10 days now, and we've had an excellent Fair, much better than any year since 2012. I can feel the Blue Wave coming.

Unfortunately, my temporary handicap placard has only gotten me within about 1/3 of a mile from my booth. And I have been visiting and working in the booth about 3 times a day. So I have done a ton more walking in the boot than my doctor would have approved, and my foot is kind of ouchy, so there's a good chance that I will have to keep wearing it after next Friday. Bummer, dude.

But I volunteered to be the booth coordinator, and it's an important way to reach voters, and it's what I could do this year. And in all honesty, I have coordinated the hell out of the NCDP booth. :blink: I'll be a poll greeter at my precinct on Election Day, too.

I do worry that the doc will say I need surgery, but I have to do what I have to do. Because I'm not fully sane, but whatever. I'm on board with Orlylicious, in my own way. If you can canvass, go canvass. If you like phone banking, by all means do that. Let's get 'er done!


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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:46 am

The Hill
Early voting hints at huge turnout

More than 4.3 million Americans have already cast their ballots in the midterm elections, and early signs point to a huge increase in turnout from the last midterm elections in 2014, when overall voter participation hit a 70-year low.

The robust turnout in the first days of early voting in some states dovetails with other indications that voter enthusiasm is higher this year than in previous years. More voters showed up to cast ballots in party primaries than in years past, and polls show more voters say they are enthusiastic about or closely following news about the election than in prior contests.

“All signs point to a higher turnout election,” said Michael McDonald, a political scientist at the University of Florida who closely tracks early vote tallies. “Where we can make comparisons, so far the numbers are up from 2014. Which is not a surprise because 2014 was an exceptionally low turnout election.”

Nearly 26 million ballots have been requested or mailed to voters around the country, according to McDonald’s tally. That’s more than the approximately 25 million voters who cast a ballot early in the 2014 midterms, either by mail or in person. Millions more will vote in person when early voting locations open in their areas.

Already, more than 800,000 Florida residents have voted in competitive races for governor and a U.S. Senate seat. Nearly half a million Californians have cast their ballot. So have more than 200,000 people in Tennessee and Arizona. More than 100,000 ballots have been submitted in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.



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Post by Sunrise » Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:47 pm

Just got back from local Dem hdqtrs where I made phone calls re early voting. Also too, I have a portal so I can continue
making them at home. Foggy, I’m not sure why the policy in NC is different, but I’ve been calling from home for many years. :blink:


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Post by maydijo » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:50 pm

I got a phone call from Democrats Abroad a few weeks back, it was some guy calling from Washington DC. Unfortunately he gave me the wrong information and told me that I had to register to vote with every election, so I dutifully sent in my paperwork only to receive my ballot the day after I mailed in my voter registration form. Whoops. It's the first time in over 20 years that I've actually got a phone call to remind me to vote. I absentee vote in Utah so my vote really does have a snowball's chance in hell of changing anything, except on a local level (I'm registered for downtown SLC which is a little island of blue in an ocean of red.) And I have to say I was a little sad to vote this time, because I couldn't cast a vote against Orrin Hatch. I cast one against Mittens, of course, but it wasn't nearly as satisfying.



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Post by Foggy » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:55 pm

The NC State Fair ends tonight. We had a great year, tons of people stopping by the booth, most of them well-informed and just looking for swag, but hundreds more who wanted information about candidates, early voting, the six amendments to the state constitution, and so forth.

Tomorrow we break down the booth and put it in storage for next year. I'll probably be the coordinator in 2019 and 2020.

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Post by Orlylicious » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:06 am

Well friends, after two long years, here we are! At last we get a say in what happens next. Today's an important day in political operative land... tonight is the last night for live polling and no more strategic decisions. Now it's all down to us, the Get Out The Vote operation. We may not always agree about the tactics or strategy, but now it's binary: Two more years of this or focusing on real issues like healthcare, wages and civility. We've had over a million more early voters in Florida then in 2014 already, we're having a blast and believe the GOP is going to have a bad night here. Hope you can do everything you can this weekend to make sure your friends (especially in Senate states won by Donald) get the hell out and vote.

As Abe Lincoln said: “Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters."

Let's make it happen!


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:19 am

Foggy wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:55 pm
The NC State Fair ends tonight. We had a great year, tons of people stopping by the booth, most of them well-informed and just looking for swag, but hundreds more who wanted information about candidates, early voting, the six amendments to the state constitution, and so forth.

Tomorrow we break down the booth and put it in storage for next year. I'll probably be the coordinator in 2019 and 2020.

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Thanks for the update and for being active and out there with edumucating folks and making sure they vote! :clap: :thumbs: :bighug:


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