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How Did He Win?

With election day over and the votes counted in favor of Bush, this page remains as a testament to our efforts toward regime change within our own nation.

Only One Day Left To Make A Difference

New polling shows that -- thanks to John Kerry's solid victory over George W. Bush in the final debate -- we are now competing in battleground states that many pundits had given to Bush. Kerry has a good chance of winning this election. The folks at MoveOn believe that it will all come down to which side is more successful in getting people out to vote. Supporters of democracy, rise up. Hit the streets. Show your community where you stand. Swing state or not, this is your chance to show the world that you do not support the current administration and the utter disregard it has shown for international relations, human rights, the environment, and our own struggling economy.

How to Help, Even If You Don't Live In A Swing State

1) Call Kerry supporters to help mobilize them.

Phone Corps callers are turning tens of thousands of Kerry supporters in swing states into tens of thousands of active volunteers. Every new volunteer you recruit can contact up to one hundred voters before Election Day. By making these calls, you're multiplying your vote over and over as the volunteers you recruit go to work in their states.

Every volunteer you recruit will make dozens of voter contacts on the ground in his or her state. Even if you can only give 15 minutes every few days to make calls, that helps enormously.

  http://calls.johnkerry.com

Just read the short instructions and script, and then call your list of supporters. This is not like making cold telemarketing calls! These are people who signed up or contributed on JohnKerry.com -- folks who want to volunteer and just need to be given a task.

Make it fun by inviting friends over and having a phone party! Make it free by using your unlimited evening and weekend cell phone minutes.

If talking on the phone isn't your thing, maybe you would rather write letters. Volunteer canvassers have identified millions of voters in the battleground states who could use the nudge of a personal letter in the critical days ahead to persuade them to cast their votes. It's easy at:

  http://actforvictory.org/act.php/acthere/letters/

2) Get in Touch With Friends and Family

You might be shocked by how many contacts you have in your Outlook address book. Without even knowing it, you might have hundreds of undecided votes buried there, and now you can personally reach out to all of them in just a few minutes by going to http://www.moveonstudentaction.org/vm and signing up for the Vote Multiplier. It's a simple, powerful tool you can use to inform, register and turn out everyone you know in just a few easy steps.

Even just sending out a personal email about how much this election means can make a huge difference.

3) Make a Contribution

In 2000, Al Gore's campaign didn't have what it needed to compete everywhere, and it was forced into difficult choices. Gore still believes that going for it in Florida and scaling back in Ohio was the right decision -- nonetheless it was a decision that they shouldn't have been forced to make. Many are convinced to this day that if the Democratic Party had the resources it needed during the last two weeks, George W. Bush would never have become president.

There are many ways you can help out financially:

  • Support the DNC and the Kerry-Edwards campaign at https://www.democrats.org/support/index.html?dsc=NETA254
  • ActBlue on hot races: "Support individual members of Congress to help win back the House & Senate. Here are the races where a little bit of last-minute help can make a big difference. We steered clear of races where our candidate is clearly going to win... or lose. Instead, we are bringing you five candidates who will make a big difference if elected, but whose races are too close to call. The Right is pouring it on in these races, hoping to tip the balance; we need to do the same by going to http://actblue.com/list/hotraces."
  • Barack Obama on hot races: "There are three candidates I hope you will consider supporting today who each have a great chance of winning their seats. Two of these races also offer us an opportunity to take back a key seat from the Republicans. If we win these important races, I believe we'll shift the Senate back to our column." Donate.
  • Donate to the General Election Legal and Accounting Compliance Fund, a legal fund to help with inevitable post-election battles on behalf of disenfranchised voters and possible recount activities. In 2000, during the recount, the Bush campaign raised more than $14 million, compared to Al Gore's campaign, which raised $3.2 million. Don't let Kerry suffer from a 4-to-1fundraising ratio this year.
  • Donate to get-out-the-vote groups in battleground states. If you can't get out to do door-to-door canvassing, help support those who can. Contribute to five groups through one link, via TrueMajority.

4) Travel to a Battleground State

This is an especially easy trip for those of us in Chicago, as Wisconsin is a swing state, and only an hour away. We drove up to Milwaukee on Saturday the 23rd to help out with the League of Conservation Voters - drop us a line if you want to hear more about the type of work you can do in these final days.

Or you can volunteer on the ground through the Road Trip to Victory with the Kerry campaign. Just take one minute to plan your trip by clicking on the following link: http://johnkerry.com/roadtrip.

5) Be an Election Poll Monitor

Leaders in the civil rights community have been warning that unless tens of thousands of volunteers stand up and protect voting rights, minority voters will once again face disenfranchisement at the polls due to illegal disqualification, intimidation, and faulty voting machines. Election Protection poll monitors are needed in Chicago.

Find out how you can enroll as an Election Protection volunteer at www.ElectionProtection.org.

For a complete list of upcoming Election Protection trainings, including toll-free conference call trainings, go here.

"But I'm Just So Busy..."

About a month ago, Nancy and I met a young man who has been living in the United States for several years, studying and working. Soon, he plans to return to his home country. But before he does, he's going to vote for Kerry. That's right -- knowing full well that his time in the United States is short, he went through the entire U.S. citizenship process, for one reason: so he can go to the polls on November 2 and place one more vote against Bush. As a resident of Illinois, a state where Kerry is strongly favored, he knows his vote will probably be lost in the cracks of the electoral college.

The principle of adding one more vote against Bush was enough to carry this young man through the bureaucratic quagmire of the citizenship program. Yet so many Americans can't be bothered to take an hour out of their day to vote. It's our duty to fight apathy and convince them that it's worth it.

More Ways You Can Make a Difference

For more ideas of things you can do:

Battleground States

MoveOn has identified the following states as battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin.

 

Voter Bill of Rights

The DNC has put together a Voter Bill of Rights page that can help you learn the rules of voting and defend your fair vote from misinformation. In particular, if anyone challenges your right to vote:

  • Talk to the Voting Rights attorney at your polling place.
  • Ask for the name of the person who is denying you the right to vote and write it down.
  • Ask to talk to a supervisor and lodge a complaint.

If you still need help, call 1-866-MYVOTE1 to report voting problems. Or, for more serious problems, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE; this hotline has been set up by a coalition of nonpartisan groups to deal with the most serious problems on Election Day. They have hundreds of lawyers standing by to immediately respond to the most egregious problems.

Voting FAQ

Rock the Vote has put together a great Voting FAQ to address common questions, such as:

  • where is my polling place?
  • do I need my voter registration card to vote?
  • can felons vote in my state?

RockTheVote also has a Polling Hours By State page. If that link is dead, check out the times as clipped onto my own site, here.

Registration Deadlines

State-by-State Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Deadlines

Cook County Voter Info

Chicago-area voters, check out Cook County's great voter information page. Or try ChicagoElections.com (alternate link). Both sites include a page where you can find out your polling location. If you cannot access either of these websites, polling place locations can also be ascertained by calling the Election Board at 312-269-7900 (TTY: 269-0027).

Bush & the Environment

Need information on the Bush Administration's environmental record? Check NRDC's Bush Record. Also, take a look at why the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund has endorsed John Kerry for President.

Bush & Science

Preeminent Scientists Protest Bush Administration's Misuse of Science

Bush & the Economy

Read this letter to President Bush from top business and economics professors.

The Bush Record Exposed

Need more debate ammunition on the errors of the current administration? The DNC has put together an extensive list of its failings: The Bush Record Exposed.

A Republican Declares His Independence

Bush is not a conservative. His fiscal and foreign policies go against the basic tenets of the GOP. Party loyalty is dangerous when acted on blindly. Read why one Republican judge is vocally supporting Kerry: A Republican Declares His Independence.

Bush As a College Student

The Dunce: Yoshi Tsurumi, one of George W. Bush's professors at Harvard Business School, has taken the risk of speaking out about his own opinion of Bush as a college student.

I Know Bush Is Wrong, But Is Kerry Right?

A lot of people disappointed by the Bush Administration are reluctant to vote for Kerry. Convincing someone not to vote for Bush is only half the battle. In this tight contest, getting non-Democrats to vote for Kerry is key. Check out these download materials on why Kerry is the right man for the job, or read the great endorsement for Kerry published by The New York Times.

And hey - John Kerry gets Bruce Springsteen's vote.

Texas Newspaper Supports Kerry

In 2000, The Lone Star Iconoclast endorsed George W. Bush. This year, they are endorsing John Kerry. Here's why.

Wildlife Conservation Report Card

Do you and other voters know how your Senators and Representative have voted on conservation issues? Find out today, with the Wildlife Conservation Report Card, put together by the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.

How Do I Know Which Judges to Vote For?

Illinois voters, grab your voter registration card, look up your subcircuit number (labelled "Judicial"), and see whether the Judicial Evaluations Committee of the Illinois Bar Association thinks judges up for election in your area are qualified: judges by county.

If Only 'W' Had Read His Father's Memoirs

In his memoirs, "A World Transformed," written five years ago, George Bush, Senior, wrote the following to explain why he didn't go after Saddam Hussein at the end of the Gulf War:

"Trying to eliminate Saddam...would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible.... We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq.... there was no viable "exit strategy" we could see, violating another of our principles. Furthermore, we had been consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land."