July 17th, 2010
10:39 AM ET
10 years ago

Democrats hold 'Day of Action' to get out the vote

Democrats are hoping to drum up voter registration Saturday.

Democrats are hoping to drum up voter registration Saturday.

Washington (CNN) - Democratic party officials say activists will be knocking on doors Saturday with the hope of registering scores of voters ahead of November's midterm elections.

Officials at Organizing for America, the grassroots structure of the 2008 Obama for President campaign that was folded into the Democratic National Committee, say their "Day of Action" includes volunteers holding door to door canvasses, setting up voter registration tables, and hosting phone banks to encourage people to commit to vote in November.

"In 2008, voter registration and turnout was key to our victory, with more than 15 million new voters entering the political process," said OFA Deputy Director Jeremy Bird, in a statement. "Now, in 2010, voter registration will be key to ensuring that Democratic candidates are successful and that President Obama has as many congressional allies as possible next year."

While not holding their own such "Day of Action" this Saturday, the Republican National Committee says it's busy as well with get out the vote efforts.

The RNC tells CNN they hold "Super Saturdays," which are similar efforts, but are held on a state by state basis, and that the RNC has over 200 "Victory" staffers throughout the country at this point. The RNC also says that the structure will grow as the calendar moves closer to the midterm elections.

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    As my Father always said,"If you don't vote, then SHUT UP!"

    July 17, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Dave, Illinois

    Democrats will visit graveyards, prisons, and alleys to tap their guaranteed voter pool.

    July 17, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. DENNA

    Yes! We may lose seats in November, but we should not give them away without a fight. The Republicans and their minions, the Tea Party, have pretty much been having it their own way. Now it's time for the good guys to kick in.

    July 17, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. jim

    As we speak DEMS are already feeling out fake absentee ballots to be used in the Nov. elections.

    July 17, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. stephen pagnozzi

    I hope the dems register tons of new voters and refresh their agenda with our country. The Republicans are at the bottom of the political and moral barrel. They are not only the party of no, they are the party of divisivness. Shame on them! They, even if I didn't see eye to eye with them on several issues, had concrete ideas on solving problems that we needed to address. No More! They hate our President and only have one agenda, even if that means harming our country, and that is to make Obama look bad. Too Bad! He has too much class to stoop to their level. All his original ideas which were superb, had to be renegotiated and watered down to pass. I never In my 61 years, felt so bad for our country as I do now!

    July 17, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Larry

    Dems, There was a special election on Tuesday in Ohio that only drew 1.6% of the eligible voters. No one knew about the election.

    You need to do better than that in getting the word out.

    July 17, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. ST

    Myself I am ready to do it again as we did in 2008. Who can forget what GOP did to the nation for their solid 8 years in power.

    To: Dave, Illinois; who will make a visit to the graveyards. Do dead people vote? When people are serious in what they are doing, please do not interfere with baseless jokes!

    July 17, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Dennis

    Jim and Dave, obviously you believe that just because this is the tactic that Republicans use, the Democrats would do the same thing? Do you remember the Diebold incident and who was behing that. Get off your Beck parroting wagon and use some of your gray matter to think about issues and sort out who has the best approach for solving them. Obviously, spending trillions of dollars while running up the deficit on needless wars and corporate welfare was not the answer. But please continue to live your good life in your little bubble.

    July 17, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Willy Brown

    Yep knocking on head stones, prison cell doors, on the mexico boarder too.

    July 17, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. vic

    2010 democrats year again. Smart republicans and independents keeping distance from tea party past one week .
    Many republicans doesn’t want to alienate minorities

    July 17, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Hammerer

    What is the bait this year, cash or threats?

    July 17, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. lindaglenn

    African American and Latino should NOT vote for REP. you would be a fool if you do.

    July 17, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |

    So presidential pooch Bo travels to the family vacation separately on his own personal jet!!???!! What insanity is this? Where is the outrage?

    Just imagine what the press would have done if Bush had flown his dog around on a personal jet! Remember Pelosi demanding that CEOs drive to D.C. from Detroit? More whacked out Dem hypocracy.


    July 17, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Patrick

    "Organizing For America"? Is that what ACORN is calling itself now? We know how these voter registration drives work – Sign your real name (3 times) think up three other good sounding names and write them down, too. Wait for election day; if the Dems win – great; if they don't, blame the opposition for voter suppression, rigged elections, etc.
    Note to ST: the Democrats had controll of Congress the last 2 years of GWB's eight years – better recheck your "soild 8 years in power" math.

    July 17, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. maria

    The Republicans scare me i wouldn't vote for one of them for any reason. Currently they are behaving anti-American, anti-worker but pro corporations, pro-war and pro-wealthy.
    They have been wealthy and in office too long.

    July 17, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Ray E. (Georgia)

    If you want more debt, high un employment, Morgage failures then the democrat party is for you. Democrat equals Nanny State Equals another depression. Socalisim worked real well in the old Soviet Union.

    July 17, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Rick

    Vote ALL Republicans out of office so we can do something.

    July 17, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. dick

    No he was right but you can't say "right" things. Washington is full of vicious mean character assassins. The press are like vultures and have little credibility but wonder why no one reads the newspapers. In the meantime Washington, now as before, never cares about the voters.
    This comment while misdirected doesn't mean anything to anyone out of a job or in financial.

    July 17, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Pat F

    Get it out all you want, Dems. Most of the dems I know have had it the Obamessiah. The Kool-aid is wearing off super-quick.

    July 17, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Pat F

    @willy brown – good one.

    July 17, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Sue

    Why did they pick Saturday to 'get out the vote'-–the welfare offices are closed.

    Are they going to visit the prisons as well?? Are they going to get/use the list of child moletors, to help them to focus/streamline their house visits??

    Are they going to visit the illegals now being held by ICE for deportation?

    July 17, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. NC

    Vote for real change.......Vote for a Republican in November 2010 and 2012.......it's the only way we can get our America back.

    July 17, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. dcmisty

    If Republicans want to win in November, they need to have major surgery performed.... removal of feet from mouths!!!

    July 17, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    I see Dave in Illinois has been to GObP Boot camp for registering voters. Good luck with that one, dave.

    July 17, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. jeff

    I agree,the right wing ,ie. GOP,Tea party,christians,are so mad a black man democate is president they want him to fail.

    July 17, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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