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Help Obama and Vote Early!

A record voter turnout is expected for the 2008 U.S. presidential election, and that prediction will put new election law reforms to the test. According to, in 2004, 125 million people voted in the presidential election, about 88 percent of registered voters. Experts believe that turnout in 2008 will be somewhere between 125 million and 200 million voters, the highest numbers in recent memory.

popYou can help Obama secure the win by voting early. With thanks to Zorland (as posted on the Daily Kos), here’s why:

1. By voting early you help out yourself. There will be no need for inordinate amounts of stress if something goes wrong on Election Day. Car trouble? Lost wallet? Gotta work late? Well, if you've voted early it's no worse than any other day. And, you avoid the long lines (and oh, will they be long)!

2. By voting early you help other people out by reducing the amount of time they have to wait in line. And by voting early, you can alleviate some of the strain placed on local poll workers, most of whom are working that 15 hour day not because of the great pay but because they believe in our election process, one of the most fundamental of all democratic privileges.

3. You can help out the campaign by becoming a Democratic poll worker. Visit the Franklin County Board of Elections for more information. Act quickly!

There are other things you can do, too:

a) Sign up to be an Observer on Election Day. This means you just watch everything that happens and make sure it’s on the up and up. Call Angela Brooks (cell) (617-784-1831) and tell her that Herb said to call.

b) Help to Get Out The Vote (GOTV). Contact Ankit Patel at or 735-2720 to help with this effort.

c) You can help pass out sample ballots at the polls. Available shifts include: 6:00 - 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sign up online and someone will be in touch with you! Remember: Barack is counting on us to help win this election!

4. It's a lot harder for corrupt politicians to claim election fraud with your ballot. They are already planning on contesting the results of this election based on voter fraud. Read more about it here, and see what they’re saying in the UK.

You can easily vote early in Franklin County. Here's how!

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