More than 50 volunteers from all across New York City gathered bright and early on Saturday morning to journey out to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Our mission: to get out the President’s message of strengthening the middle class and growing a sustainable economy. While enjoying a gorgeous, sunny and warm day in beautiful Bethlehem, we knocked on over 2500 doors and spoke with more than 700 Pennsylvania voters.
And what we heard was telling. People are still hurting and they fear for their families and their economic well-being. Yet despite it all, many still trust the President’s leadership and his economic stewardship. They want to see him re-elected for another four years so that he can put into place the middle-class tax cuts and job-creating policies he has been campaigning on for the last year.
Most importantly, our volunteers had the opportunity to make sure every voter we spoke with was aware of Pennsylvania’s odious Voter ID law. We made sure they understood what it would take to ensure they would be allowed to vote and that their vote would be counted, and we helped those who needed IDs figure out the procedure for getting one.
And on top of that all, we registered over 100 new voters, including an 18-year-old girl who was so excited that she would finally have the opportunity to vote for the President she has admired for so many years.
It was certainly a good day for democracy.
But our work is nowhere near done. There are thousands of voters who haven’t yet been reached, who are unsure of what the President’s plans for the future are, or who aren’t yet convinced that he deserves their vote. More troublingly, there are many voters who still don’t know about Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, or how to cope with it. It’s our job to make sure we reach those voters, explain to them why they should support President Obama on November 6th, and make sure their votes are counted.
So we’re going back out to Bethlehem this coming weekend, on Saturday, September 22nd, (as well as every Saturday between now and election day) to do our part. We very much hope you’ll join us.