It’s pretty much a “no duh!” that John Kerry’s success is going to hinge on the Get Out the Vote efforts of state Democratic organizations, so this has got to be good news:
A sweeping voter registration campaign in heavily Democratic areas has added tens of thousands of new voters to the rolls in the swing states of Ohio and Florida, a surge that has far exceeded the efforts of Republicans in both states, a review of registration data shows.
The analysis by The New York Times of county-by-county data shows that in Democratic areas of Ohio – primarily low-income and minority neighborhoods – new registrations since January have risen 250 percent over the same period in 2000. In comparison, new registrations have increased just 25 percent in Republican areas. A similar pattern is apparent in Florida: in the strongest Democratic areas, the pace of new registration is 60 percent higher than in 2000, while it has risen just 12 percent in the heaviest Republican areas.
Looks like Jeb! has his work cut out for him: how to disenfranchise as many African-American voters as possible without being busted this time since all eyes will be upon him.
In the meantime, here in sunny San Diego, we know that California will go heavily for Kerry, but that hasn’t stopped the GOTV effort locally. Thursday night while going to Petco Park to see the Padres play LA (Dodgers suck) I was stopped twice by cute young things asking me to help “elect John Kerry” and offering to sign up unregistered voters. On any given day, in my neighborhood of Pacific Beach, GOTV workers are working the hub at Garnet & Cass (home of more coffee houses and tattoo parlors than you can shake a stick at… if you’re the stick-shaking kind, and who isn’t) signing up voters. While this is well and good, it’s not going to be another 100,000 votes in California that sends Commander Bunnypants back to Texas. The battleground states are the key and you can help by contributing here at Act for Victory. If you live in one of the blue states (those would be the states with the smart attractive people*) make sure you send in a few dollars to help bring a few of the red states back from the Dark Side.
(* Disclaimer: There are some attractive & smart people who live in the red states and we shouldn’t hold it against them that they live in a state with a high concentration of dumbasses. Anyway, they would be the ones who read TBogg or some of the other fine high quality blogs that you can access on the left of your screen. No…
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