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You care deeply about your country. You believe that elections are important and that they have consequences. You’re Republicans, Independents, Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, Greens, and Libertarians. You believe that we’re all in this together. You respect the other guy’s right to vote as much as your own. You are not beholden to anger, outrage, vengeance, prejudice, or fear. You are not bought by 30-second ads.
You are the American voter, and your time is now.
The polls are open from 6:30am – 7:30pm today across North Carolina. You can find your polling place here.
Civitas, in addition to working feverishly with Art Pope’s coin to defeat anyone who’s not a Republican, has put up an excellent “Vote Tracker”. It tells me that 35,244 people voted early in Buncombe County and 110,797 people voted early across the 11th Congressional District. That leaves a metric fecal ton of you who haven’t yet voted. Today’s your day.
If you’re still trying to decide how to mark your ballot, here are some handy links.
If you’ve already voted, then maybe you want to help Get Out The Vote. Shoot me your info, and I’ll get you connected. Alternately, maybe some campaign workers want to slap some hot info into the comment thread.
Where will folks watch the returns roll in? I know that some Democrats are gathering at the very fun Renaissance ballroom with the cash bar. Michael Muller will be all a’twitter with the journalistic set at Pack’s Tavern, and Bridgette Odom is having a party there too. The Asheville Brewing Company on Coxe is normally very receptive to political partiers. Tuck more destinations into the comment thread.
Lastly – use this as your all-purpose Election Day Open Thread. If it gets too lengthy, I’ll add another one after the polls close.
It’s your day, democracy. Time to shine.
Early voting is open Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 8am-1pm. Then you have to wait until deadline voting on Tuesday, so get out there and participate in your democracy.
Most of you have probably already done it. But for those of you who haven’t, I’m just reminding you that it’s time to vote. You can go to early voting today and tomorrow from 8am-6pm and Saturday from 8am-1pm. If you vote early, it helps our candidates know who to focus on in the last days before Nov. 2nd, so please come out and vote early.
I’m including the folks I’m voting for below. They’ve all earned my support. Thank you!
So far this election cycle the people who are showing up and voting are the Republicans. Many of you have already voted, and for that I thank you. Some of you haven’t, but if for nothing else, will you do it for me? Pretty please.
I am sure if you haven’t voted already that you are planning on voting today or tomorrow, right? Conveniently located below this plea for your civic engagement are my suggestions for what bubbles to fill in on your ballot. But before we get to that, here are some fun facts.
- The average age of voters in Buncombe County is 61.
- The most progressive districts in town (i.e. West Asheville, Montford etc.) are having the lowest turnout.
Once you vote, you will feel morally superior and infinitely hotter than your non-voting peers.
Lindsey’s Suggestions -
Tomorrow, North Carolina’s 11th District Congressman Heath Shuler will speak at a “Get out the vote” rally to promote voter registration and early voting. Shuler will join North Carolina House Representatives Susan Fisher and Jane Whilden, and Democratic candidate for District 115, Patsy Keever, at the event.Event details:
WHAT? “Get out the vote” rally with U.S. Congressman Heath Shuler
WHEN? Friday, October 15th, 11:00 a.m.
WHERE? Vance Monument at Pack Square
WHO? U.S. Congressman Heath Shuler, representing North Carolina’s 11th District
Representative Susan Fisher of North Carolina’s House District 114
Representative Jane Whilden of North Carolina’s House District 116
Patsy Keever, Democratic candidate for North Carolina’s House District 115
The event will begin at Vance Monument at 11:00 a.m. Following the speeches, the group will march to the Buncombe County TrainingCenter at 199 College Street, where rally participants and the general public can take advantage of voter registration and one stop early voting.
Early voting begins today, October 14th at 8am at the downtown Board of Elections site.
All of the other early voting sites open up on October 18th. Click “Read More” to see the sites and some links to a Buncombe Democratic Party voting guide.
A guest post from our good friend Parker Sloan regarding the judicial races will go up tomorrow. Further – there’s a fun march to the polls on Friday beginning at Pritchard Park at 12:15pm and going to the BOE. There’s some fun rallying before the march, so come as early as 11:30am. Bring your coworkers and friends.
Early voting starts Thursday, morans.
According to BlueNC, a forward thinking group from California called “Progressive Kick” has targeted Patsy Keever (NC-HD-115), Jennifer Weiss (NC-HD-35), Rick Glazier (NC-HD-45) and Josh Stein (NC-SD-18) to help give them a financial boost in their campaigns. They are going to double all online donations given to these campaigns.
Progressive Kick is committing at least $125,000 we’ve received from major donors exclusively for dollar-for-dollar matches to donations raised on ActBlue for progressive candidates for state legislature & down ballot statewide offices…
Now’s the time to pony up. Progressive Kick tells you why you should:
We’ve vetted these candidates very carefully with multiple experts/polling data in each state and are sure that each one is in a close but winnable race and that control of Congressional redistricting in their state is at stake.
I know that’s right. So what are you doing loitering around here for? Win Big by Thinking Small
Had fun yesterday. We had over a dozen canvassers show up on Saturday to knock on a bunch of doors — even after a couple of complaints about a certain congressman’s health care vote. Those who showed up know that holding the U.S. House and Senate and the fate of the next state redistricting all comes down to turnout.
Wanna see Richard Burr sent packing? Get up offa that thing and help no-nonsense Elaine Marshall. We’ll be knocking on doors every Saturday in September. Or if that doesn’t get your blood up, help Joyce Elliot defeat alleged, vote-caging Rove protege, Tim Griffin in AR-2. And there are plenty of other places your efforts are needed, if not here. Blue America has their approved picks and ActBlue has the full list.
Anyway, we ran across this OFA ad that we thought it summed up the situation pretty well:
And Blue America is looking for help in running this ad just east of here:
Or you can stay home and gripe. If you liked the Clinton impeachment, you’ll love the Obama impeachment.
from Netroots Nation in Las Vegas, where smoking indoors and “cigarette girls” are still permitted, where the ATM machines spit out hundred dollar bills, and where if the “Nutroots” criticize Democrats, Rush Limbaugh says it’s like “Hezbollah going after Hamas.”
We came all this way to bump into NC Democratic candidate for US Senate, Elaine Marshall. This afternoon Democracy for America’s Jim Dean posed with Elaine wearing one of our Elaine tee-shirts made by “On A Roll.”
Great media training just now with Joel Silberman.
It’s not Belle Chere, but it’s pretty colorful.
Now, in the first public post-runoff poll of the race, not even the right-wing Rasmussen can put a positive spin on her victory:
Rasmussen. 6/23. Likely voters. MoE 3% (6/3 results)
Richard Burr (R) 44 (50)
Elaine Marshall (D) 43 (36)
…we have a solid chance of taking this seat — one which hasn’t reelected an incumbent since 1968.