Calling all Oregonians, We Need Your Help!
by Sarah Lane, Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 10:27:28 AM EST
Last night, hundreds of volunteers came out to rally for Barack Obama and Jeff Merkley. Governor Howard Dean, Senator Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley energized the crowd before the canvassers hit the streets for Merkley and Obama....
Full disclosure, I am the netroots director for OR-Sen candidate Jeff Merkley
While the turnout for canvassers for Merkley and Obama was heartening, the numbers of people who have voted in Oregon is down from 2004. Back in 2004 by October 31st, 1,331,861 people cast their ballots compared to 1,506,060 who have cast their ballots in the 2008 election. We are a vote-by-mail state, so people still have plenty of time drop off their ballot. But, we need to make sure that they DO vote!
Volunteers aren't the only ones going door-to-door to GOTV, Senator Wyden and Oregon Senate candidate Jeff Merkley went canvassing in SE Portland. If these guys can hit the streets and knock on doors in the rain to help change our country, so can you!
Jeff Merkley along his wife Mary, and Senator Wyden went to the Multnomah County Elections office to cast their ballots today. The cameras were everywhere!
Here's a pic of Jeff and his wife and Senator Wyden after they had dropped off their ballots:
While most of the work I do is online for the campaign, I made sure to hit the streets and knock on doors to GOTV. There were so many people I encountered that had not turned in their ballots. Most of the people I met were Merkley supporters, (I only found one Smith supporter) but many had still not dropped off their ballots. They also did not know that time had run out to mail in their ballots. And, there were still undecided voters on the Oregon Senate race!
We have a real chance to replace Bush rubberstamp Republican Gordon Smith with Jeff Merkley, a strong, effective, progressive Democrat. To help strengthen the progressive wing of the Democratic party, we need to do everything we can to elect Jeff Merkley to the Senate.
All across Oregon the Merkley campaign is organizing canvasses from now until election day. If you have a day off or even just a few hours, please help us GOTV. This is the home stretch folks and every single vote matters in this close election. Here is the list of Merkley campaign offices:
3016 SE Division
Portland, Oregon 97202
1178 High St
Eugene, OR 97401
250 Liberty Street SE
Salem, OR 97301
Oregon City Office
619 Madison Street
Oregon City, OR 97045
14025 SW Farmington Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
40 S. Central Ave.
Medford, OR 97501
709 NW Wall St.
Bend, OR 97709
116 SW 4th St
Corvallis, OR 97339
40 S. Central Avenue
Medford, OR 97501
21 SW Frazer
Pendleton, OR 97801
375 11th St.
Astoria, OR 97103
1304 E. Powell Blvd
Gresham, OR 97030
Head into a Forward Oregon office nearby today and help us reach voters by phone or by knocking on doors. We'll be getting out the vote until 9pm tonight and 8pm on election day. Help send Jeff Merkley to the Senate!!!
One last picture of Jeff and his wonderful wife Mary after they cast their ballots today...