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August   5

Doing the Swing-State Tango

marian_golan_2Montclair resident Marian Golan says she's never done anything like this before, but last Saturday, she went on an 11-hour trip to Chester, Pa. to register voters for the 2004 election. The trip, officially non-partisan but effectively pro-Kerry, was organized by NJ Citizen Action as a way to sign up voters in key swing states.

"It was a total Kerry crowd," says Golan. Although she says it was "exhausting" pounding the Chester pavements "with the sun beating down on us," Golan felt compelled to make the trip: "Like everyone is saying, this is the most important vote of our lifetime."

nj_citizen_actionGolan and a longtime friend from Maplewood signed up 16 voters -- 15 of them pro-Kerry. The group she was with registered 260 voters altogether. On the way home in the van, they listened to tapes of the Democratic Convention.

Maybe she's never registered swing-state voters before, but Golan's hanging onion-basket (at least that's what we use ours for) belies a somewhat activist past. It's filled with buttons, many political or from women's marches. Somehow, though, she forgot to pick up a Kerry one.

August 5, 2004 in Civic Virtue | Permalink

Comments

It shouldn't take 11 hours to get to Chester, Pennsylvania. Somebody get her some directions.

Nice job signing up voters though.

Posted by: Shabe | Aug 5, 2004 10:32:09 AM

11 hours listening to the retelling of Kerry's four month stint in Nam. Just imagine that!

On a side note, assuming an eleven hour return trip makes 22 ours or nearly 1% of the total time Kerry spent in Nam!

Posted by: Right of Center | Aug 5, 2004 10:58:23 AM

And how many minutes did Bush spend in, ummm, Alabama?

Posted by: Confused Citizen | Aug 5, 2004 12:22:58 PM

Somebody get this commenter some common sense. The total trip was 11 hours including travel and hours spent doing voter registration.

Posted by: Geoffrey Weiland | Aug 5, 2004 12:29:04 PM

Perhaps everyone on Marian's van was for Kerry, but New Jersey Citizen Action had a total of 35 volunteers participate in this event. In this non-partisan voter registration drive, we registered people from both parties and people who did not want to give party affiliation. Someone in her van had an I-pod with a recording of the convention. This was not an official part of the trip's training or activities.

John Weber
NJ Citizen Action

PS Re: Shabe's comment : 11 hour trip = 2hrs there, 2 hrs back, 4 on the streets registering voters, break for lunch, instructions, and time enough to drop off and pick up 35 people. We do not need directions.

Posted by: John Weber | Aug 5, 2004 12:43:42 PM

>And how many minutes did Bush spend in, ummm, Alabama?

Alabama? I am more concerned about Baghdad!

Posted by: Right of Center | Aug 5, 2004 1:45:52 PM

Well *you* mentioned Kerry in Nam!

Good point, though: why *is* Bush & Co. in Iraq, anyway?!

Posted by: Confused Citizen | Aug 5, 2004 4:07:14 PM

Oy vey.

If you don't know the arguments 'for' and 'against' the war in Iraq. I am certain I am unable to help you.

*I* mentioned Nam? I suppose you are right, if it were not for me, I am sure narry a Barista reader would even be aware of Mr. Kerry's service in Vietnam.

Posted by: Right of Center | Aug 5, 2004 4:34:20 PM

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