Where are all these voters I keep hearing about?

By , October 29, 2008 7:45 pm

Earlier this week, I saw an ad from Obama encouraging people to take off work on November 4 to campaign. Now, I’d love to do that, but know I can’t. And, likewise, I’ve been saying for a while that I know I don’t have the time to go to a swing state or volunteer all day at a phone bank. But I discovered that the Obama site has a page which lists ways you can get involved, including making phone calls from home. They’ll provide you with names, numbers, and a calling script, and you report back how the call went (who they support, were they even home, etc).

Well, I’ve been doing that for the last hour and I’m beginning to wonder where all these so-called ‘voters’ are. Of the probably 40 phone calls I made (just checked my phone – 44 calls total) I had

  • About 25 wrong/disconnected/out-of-service numbers
  • About 10 answering machines where I left messages (hopefully at the right number…)
  • About 5 parents of students off at college
    • 2 of whom said, “Don’t worry, we’ll be voting for Obama.”
    • 1 of whom hung up when he heard “Obama”
  • 1 (not “About 1,” just “1″) call where I reached the voter I was supposed to be calling, and she said “Oh, I appreciate what you’re doing, but we don’t vote that way.”

I’m still glad I took an hour to do that, and hope to find a few more hours before Tuesday (maybe I’ll call tomorrow on my lunch break) but it was a little frustrating! Phonebankers have my sympathy for having to do that all day, although at least they get paid for it…

-R

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