Yesterday at the Redstate Gathering, Erick Erickson, as did other speakers, reminded the attendees that we have not yet won a thing at the ballot box because we have one more election to go -- the Nov. 2 general election. One of my fellow Arizonans who was there asked if I could send to him my thoughts about how he might be able to get involved in Get Out The Vote efforts in his neck of the woods. He also asked if I could send him the link to the Concord Project. He was interested in not just spreading the word to others to get involved in Get Out The Vote efforts, but wanted to know what he could do to actually help "in the trenches" with a campaign to help it contact individual conservative Republican and independent voters who did not vote in the 2008 general election and encourage them to make sure they vote in this general election.
As I had similar conversations with other Redstate Gathering attendees, and with just over three weeks to go until the early ballots are mailed to voters in Arizona, I offer the following response to the question of how to get involved.
No matter where you live, I'd recommend that you contact the campaign headquarters of the Republican House and (if applicable) Senate candidates and ask how you can help. Assuming you live in a safe Republican district, they may tell you that they have things well in hand. If so, then I recommend you go to a site like www.40seats.com and find a conservative Republican candidate for whom you can make GOTV phone calls from afar. The two candidates I recommend you place at the top of your list are Senate candidate Joe Miller in Alaska and Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell in Delaware:
Or, you might live in a heavily Democrat area where finding a nearby campaign for a Republican who has a chance of winning may be difficult. If so, then, again, please consider helping Joe Miller or Christine O'Donnell or some other worthy conservative Republican candidate with a good chance of winning.
Assuming a local candidates needs your help, that candidate's campaign staffs will, of course, probably have the best idea as to what critical tasks need to be accomplished to get out the votes needed to put the candidate over the top on Nov. 2. They also are probably coordinating efforts of other organizations that may have offered to help, such as tea party organizations and 9.12 groups.
With so little time left before the early ballots are mailed out, and Nov. 2, every day is critical. For example, assuming there is a viable candidate in your locale, they may need help right now stuffing envelopes for mailers, putting up signs, making phone calls, etc.
If you've never been involved in Get Out The Vote efforts you can learn a little bit about it at the Concord Project:
Just as an example, I wrote about what I'm planning to do where I live here:
Two other great resources for learning about Get Out The Vote and precinct organizing are American Majority and The Voices of America:
Let's give it our best shot -- let's all get into the trenches and help Get Out The Vote and help win EVERY RACE POSSIBLE!
ColdWarrior, PC (that’s “precinct committeeman,” not “political child!”)
Conservatives, UNITE! CHANGE the Republican Party and save the world by UNITING INSIDE the Party as precinct committeemen. NOW! (44 days until Nov. 2 -- what are YOU DOING to help get out the vote in your precinct?)
American first, conservative second, Republican precinct committeeman BY NECESSITY!
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
- Edmund Burke