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If you're looking for ways to help... 
1st-Nov-2008 07:54 pm
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... the campaign still needs you.

my.BarackObama.com can help you find ways to volunteer from where you are, either by canvassing, phone banking, finding events in your area, or getting in touch with your local office. You can make calls from home if you want. (Right now it looks like they're making Get Out The Vote calls to supporters in Virginia, Ohio, and Colorado. Or you can choose the key state you want to call, from Nevada to Florida.)

MoveOn is having members call other members in battleground states to ask them to sign up to do GOTV. You can do that from home, too. Both the Obama campaign and MoveOn provide scripts and detailed instructions.

Or, you can pledge to vote, and get three more voters to the polls by election day, at DemocracyforAmerica.com.

Personally, I am struggling with my health and inherent shyness, but I thought I'd pass these links along. Because we can't get complacent. Polls mean nothing unless people turn out to vote -- and the polls are narrowing.

Post any other links, or about what you're doing, in the comments.

ETA: I just made my first call for Barack Obama! *deep breaths* YAAAAY!

Oh, I feel so much better now. It's not hard. Even if you're an introvert like me. And it feels great to be doing something. Try it, we can all hyperventilate and cheer each other on.

ETA2: Damn, the website has decided it's too late for me to call Ohio (9pm). They might let me call Colorado, but I don't want a whole 'nother list when I'm only 2 calls into the first one.

Still, it feels so good to do something. (Something besides making Barack O'Lanterns.) Even if I don't feel I'm great at it, I just smile and do my best.
Comments 
2nd-Nov-2008 12:13 am (UTC)
I want to volunteer but I suffer from inherent shyness as well so canvassing is out. Maybe maybe phone banking, but I'd prefer to do something else.

Anyone know what else that they might need people to do?
2nd-Nov-2008 12:20 am (UTC)
I know they did need people to do data entry at headquarters. I don't know if they need that anymore; they may be in the data-using, not data-collecting stage by now.

On election day (or before, if you live somewhere with early voting), you could do visibility: standing a set distance away from a polling place with a sign. You'd have to stand around with a sign, but not only would you not have to talk to voters, I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to talk to voters. *g*
2nd-Nov-2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Get in touch with the local campaign headquarters and let them know your issues/preferences. They will need (in no particular order):

precinct runners (people who go from precinct to precinct and get the turnout number so far, then call back to HQ to let them know the number so HQ knows where to re-direct GOTV efforts; interaction is only with election officials and campaign staff, so it's not too many strangers)

manning the phones at HQ to coordinate GOTV efforts and re-supply

running supplies out to the people manning the precinct information handout stations (additional literature and sample ballots, umbrellas if it is raining in your area, flashlights if it is dark, warm drinks if it is cold)

GOTV canvassers (frequently one person can be both a precinct runner and canvasser, but no always - last minute door to door knocking)

driving a candidate for local office around to various precincts and keeping them on a time schedule (they usually get distracted trying to shake everyone's hand)

phone calling to GOTV of course

Election day is typically not the day for a lot of detailed data entry, but that can be done immediately before and after the election, and is usually very quiet and alone work; as is envelope stuffing and writing letters

Call your local HQ - I am sure they have plenty of things to do for introverts as well as extraverts.
2nd-Nov-2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the tips. I really do want to be a part of all this.
2nd-Nov-2008 01:05 am (UTC)
I'm an introvert too and it's a struggle sometimes to get into it.
2nd-Nov-2008 01:09 am (UTC)
*nods* I've been fighting that fear all day. For weeks/months, really. I totally get it. And it still makes me nervous, but the nervousness of making the calls feels better (to me) than the fear that I won't be able to do it.

Should I make an "Introverts Phonebanking Open Thread" tomorrow?
2nd-Nov-2008 01:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, why not.

I was more uncomfortable with the "persuasion calls." I am not good at elucidating in a calm way in a discussion why I am voting for Obama and why someone else should too. I'm much more comfortable with imparting information about polling places and whatnot.

I have some friends who are truly afraid of talking on the phone; I'm not, but I am kind of avoidant, and calling strangers does feel kind of intrusive. I'm glad when I can just leave a message, a lot of the time.
2nd-Nov-2008 01:26 am (UTC)
I was more uncomfortable with the "persuasion calls." I am not good at elucidating in a calm way in a discussion why I am voting for Obama and why someone else should too. I'm much more comfortable with imparting information about polling places and whatnot.

Exactly this. I couldn't make persuasion calls; I'd be the one going, "Well, how could you NOT?", and that's no good.

I'm a little bit phone phobic, even with people I know. I don't mind them calling me, but I avoid calling them.

And it does feel intrusive; I rarely wanna talk to anybody who calls here that I don't already know. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind getting a GOTV call... I think I'd actually like it... so I'm gonna go with that instinct.

My only issue so far with the Obama site's system is that I don't know how to code things. I'm doing "as near as I can" answers, but so far the two I've done, neither have been quite right.
2nd-Nov-2008 01:34 am (UTC)
I talked to a woman who was undecided; we're told that we're then supposed to ask what issues are important to them, which is unfortunate because there's no place to mark that on the GOTV sheets and it takes up a lot of time if the person feels like ranting. The woman has a gay daughter, and is pro-choice, but was not sure about voting for Obama because she didn't want more of her money (she earned less than $250K, but she was acting like this was all on her) going to people like those she saw at work who got pregnant to stay on Welfare.

Some irony was that she wanted there to be programs that helped people get off Welfare and work. Hmmm, I wonder where we'd get the money for stuff like that?

I didn't argue, though, and maybe the fact that someone from the Obama campaign called, was polite, and gave her information about polling places swayed her. *shrugs*
2nd-Nov-2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Well, hopefully so. If not, it's hard to know what would sway her.
2nd-Nov-2008 04:23 am (UTC)
You made 'em too, huh? ^_^

Mine and the girlfriend's:
2nd-Nov-2008 05:41 am (UTC)
Yup! Mine are in the icon. (The one on the right says 08ama, it may be a bit small.)

Oh, I like! Is the one on the left your own design? (I got my templates from yeswecarve.com.)
2nd-Nov-2008 06:16 am (UTC)
Actually, the one on the left is the girlfriend's: the design was modeled after one from YesWeCarve, except that that one had circular eyes with an I and a heart in them, respectively. Mine's the "vote" one - it might not be that fancy, but a lot of work went into that "O" (since neither of us used templates). But regardless, it was a fun and reasonably productive way to kill a couple of hours!
2nd-Nov-2008 07:25 am (UTC)
It was fun! I did both of mine, because I had so much fun doing the first one. And it looks like you did scrape-away carving on yours... I didn't even try to do that.
2nd-Nov-2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
I hadn't been planning on it, but then I decided "You know, what the hell?" Wasn't sure how it'd turn out, but I was pretty pleased with the results.

If I had a printer I'd try to do one of Obama himself - those, in my opinion, are by far the coolest, the ones that use a picture of him and do the whole scrape-away thing with it to produce different shades and so on - but alas, I don't (and would probably botch it anyway). ^_^
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