June 17th, 2010
04:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrats unveil midterm election get-out-the-vote effort

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee announced details Thursday of a new addition to their get-out-the-vote efforts, which includes a website and a focus on recruiting new voters for the midterm election.

Democratic leaders vowed to spend $50 million, which they describe as an unprecedented sum, for their "Vote 2010" efforts, which include the unveiling of a new "Raise Your Vote" campaign.

Party officials say the new campaign is specifically geared toward making voting registration and getting information about voting as easy as possible for people in any state across the country to access. DNC staffers say this is the first-ever comprehensive voting information and registration hub ever housed at the party headquarters.

"Also unprecedented is the idea that when our organizers hit the doors to register voters and turn them out they will have already built a relationship with them over the last year and a half," said Mitch Stewart, director of Organizing for America, the political arm for President Obama. "This won't be the first time our organizers will have met with the pastor at the local church or the commander at the local VFW post. We're hitting the ground running."

OFA, which was the original infrastructure for Obama's presidential campaign, is now housed at the DNC.

Officials said the plan is to use on-line and traditional campaign tools to combat the usual drop-off in voting from presidential elections to the midterms. The decline is often predominant among key Democratic constituencies such as African-Americans, Hispanics and younger voters, all of which voted in large numbers for then-Sen. Obama in the 2008 presidential election.

Making matters more difficult for the Democratic majority is the tough political climate for incumbents. Since the Democrats control the White House, and have more congressional incumbents the political winds are likely to favor Republicans in November.

"We've decided to make the unprecedented commitment, not just in terms of dollars but also manpower and technology, because what we know is when we expand the pool we win," said Hari Sevugan, the DNC communications director. "While we know this won't be a panacea to the historical head winds we are facing, turning out these new voters will help at the margins and can make that 2 or 3 point difference needed in close races this fall."

Also making things tough for the DNC is that surveys suggest Republicans are more excited about voting this year than Democrats. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted last month indicated that more than half of all registered voters, who consider themselves Republicans, are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting this year; with only a third of registered Democrats feeling that way.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Steph

    Well, with Rand Paul saying that the government shouldn't step in an make a restaurant serve people who have a skin color they don't like and Joe Barton's apology to BP it isn't too difficult to decide which party to support....I'm voting Democrat across the board!

    June 17, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Let's get it OFA & DNC. The republicans shouldn;t have any chance of winning in November because they have done absolutely NOTHING these last 2 years. The Party of No will get NO votes from me.

    June 17, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. JK Ashburn, VA

    Given that the political appointees in the Obama Justice Department ordered the case dismissed in the Philadelphia voter intimidation case despite, even though the Justice department non-political lawyers had already won the case in court, the Dems get out the vote effort will almost certainly involve the National Black Panther Party.

    June 17, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    What they mean is.......get all those illegal Mexicans to the polls, and show them who to vote for.

    June 17, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. NYC REPUB

    I'm going to vote for the DEMS this November.........They have the ideas.....Also despite what everyone crying about government spending......The DEMS are mature enough to stop this soon(as of now gov. spending is needed to continue to fuel the recovery, this will not always be)......Thanks to deficit hawks, the deficit is on the taqble and must be addressed.......DEMS once they win in November will have no choice but to address this challenge.
    Next year will begin the fiscal discipline of congress, Surprise!!!!!! Under the DEMS. Watch and see!!!

    June 17, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Steph

    Nice going JK Ashburn VA and Rick McDaniel! Keep the blatant racism alive and well in the Republican party!

    June 17, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. susie

    They will get ACORN to get the votes for them.

    June 17, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. PalmReader

    Dem's have my vote.

    June 17, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. American Patriot

    Nice going Steph.. Keep the blinders on.

    June 17, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. jeff jackson, alabama

    Hey, ya think they will register a
    bunch of dead folks and illegals
    again like the last election ?
    Ya think a.c.o.r.n. will send out
    a bunch of criminals to help again ?

    June 17, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    Gettin' out the vote...ACORN and SEIU style! Woo Hoo!

    June 17, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Sick of the "NO" party!

    I've gone from center independent to absolute democrat this time around! I will not vote for ANY REPUBLICAN! they've done so much and continue to do so much damage to our country! And for all you other independents out there...get your heads out of these stupid CNN polls and out your backsides and stop scratching ur watches and winding ur butts! Republicans have smeered their party to shame! They have no ideas, they twist the truth, they lie, they offer NOTHING other than to get your vote and be obstructionists to our government and way of life.

    June 17, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. unhappy democrat

    I hate to admit it "STEPH ",
    But the only racism I've seen
    lately in politics is in my own
    party. I'm a democrat but I'm
    not blind.

    June 17, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    Nice going Steph. Every criticism of this admininstration is now deemed to be racism. I guess the reverse is NOT true when Bush was criticized, unless he was only criticized by white folk! Way to keep racism alive in the liberal party!

    June 17, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Peter

    Sorry Democrat here...i cant continue to sabotage my country by voting for Republicans anymore...the removal of the wool from my eyes is made complete today!!! Thanks Rep farton eh Barton!!!

    June 17, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. honest abe

    The first and second black secretary of states were appointed by
    a republican president.
    The first black supreme court justice was appointed by
    a republican president.
    The first black national security advisor was appointed
    by a republican president.
    The first hispanic attorney general was appointed by a
    republican president.
    George Bush had seven black americans on his campaign
    staff.
    John Kerry had ZERO black americans on his campaign
    staff.
    I understand you liberals really have a problem with the
    truth. And it really gets old !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Steph

    Seems I struck a nerve....but I didn't make comments about those illegal Mexicans or the National Black Panther Party. Why is that relevant to a get out the vote article?????????????

    June 17, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Peter

    honest abe June 17th, 2010 5:35 pm ET

    The first and second black secretary of states were appointed by
    a republican president.
    The first black supreme court justice was appointed by
    a republican president.
    The first black national security advisor was appointed
    by a republican president.
    The first hispanic attorney general was appointed by a
    republican president.
    George Bush had seven black americans on his campaign
    staff.
    John Kerry had ZERO black americans on his campaign
    staff.
    I understand you liberals really have a problem with the
    truth. And it really gets old !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ----------and you point is??? whats any of this have to do with what Rep Fartton, eh Barton said today??? where you in a hole or in a cave when jesse james ran for President?? African Americans have always played a role in the Democratic party!!! we stand united to end the evil reign of the Republican party!!! we need to take care of America...!!! Imagine if mccain had won and this Rep Farton, eh Barton had been in charge? yikes gulf Residents wouldnt have seen a penny!!! Thank God for the Democrats and Dear God thank you for Obama!!!

    June 17, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. norma

    I fine it interesting when people make racist statements ("get all those Mexican illegals" and "Dems get out the vote effort will almost certainly involve the National Black Panther Party") and then get their undies in a bunch when they are called out for making the statements.

    June 17, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Peter

    when the Dems are quiet and the Repubs think they are getting the upper hand dont be fooled!!! We Dems stand by our President whom we voted for we come out and vote because we are smart we dont yell at town halls!!!!

    June 17, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Eric

    Don't bother wasting your time, liberals.

    You're done... for a generation.

    June 17, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Shouldnt be real hard when you see guys like the thug from Texas apologising and licking the boots of BP's CEO, the corporate paymasters have spoken to the republicant party and this is what we get out of it, more corporate welfare and the further errosion of the American middle class.

    June 17, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Riley

    The dems don't stand a chance thanks to Reid, Obama and Pelosi. WHat a disaster those three have been.

    June 17, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. constitutionalpatriot

    throw the totalitarian demoncrats out of office. Im tired of them trying to run my life! LEAVE ME ALONE! Vote constitution party or libertarian people! No more republicans or democrats, they are all the same and simply use hot button issues to keep the less intelligent people out there divided with this fake left right paradigm! They are all screwing us! Wake up dummies!

    June 17, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. thor

    Looks like the prisons are going to get some new visitors from the democrat party looking for new voters in this year's election.

    June 17, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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