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Obama Seeks to Register 151,000 Voters in 86 Days

Tim Craig

Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (D) announced today that Barack Obama's presidential campaign is launching an effort to register 151,000 new voters in Virginia before the Oct. 6 registration deadline.

To meet the goal, Obama supporters would have to register about 1,755 new voters each day between now and Oct. 6. "If we do that, we'll not only win an election, we'll change a country," Wilder said.

The effort, called Can You Best Barack, is designed to get Virginians to register more voters then the 150,000 residents Obama helped to register as a community organizer in Chicago in the early 1990s.

Anyone who registers at least 100 voters will qualify for an opportunity to meet Obama. The Obama campaign, which already has dozens of paid staffers working in various counties across the state, is also releasing a new one-minute radio ad today in Virginia.

The ad accuses Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, of distorting Obama's record on taxes.

"He is just making stuff up," a man says about McCain.

Later, a woman states, "It sounds like George Bush all over again."

"I guess that is why they say, 'John McCain, Mcsame as Bush'," the man replies.

By Tim Craig  |  July 11, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

They should have no problem finding that many illegal aliens in Fairfax County alone.

Posted by: Samuel Payne | July 11, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse


Register voters at the entrance to malls; in churches; in bodegas; and even in poolhalls.

Posted by: Marcus Welby, MD. | July 11, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama knows all the tricks about registering voters that may or may not be legitimate. And, of course, Wilder does as well. A few dozen lawyers should come in right behind them to validate.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

No "trick" to registering voters since it is the state's Board of Elections that actually approves and processes the applications. The detail of who hands someone an official application to fill out, whether it be that person's relative, friend, or a volunteer is not a "trick." The state gets the final review and approval. Period.

Please learn the facts and educate yourself before posting nonsense.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

No illegal aliens can register to vote, Mr. Samuel Payne. The average citizen that does vote would be surprised how many people are not even registered to vote.

Posted by: majorteddy | July 12, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

a lot of people gave up on the political system long ago. Should be no problem registering 150,000 K or more.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 12, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Let me think this out, people who support sending troops to liberate the oil fields for Shell, oops I'm sorry, ...so people can vote have a problem with registering voters in this country?

Posted by: Tigman_2 | July 12, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Look up Obama and ACORN. They are his henchman when it comes to registering voters. They have been responsible for voter fraud in Missouri, Loiusiana, North Carolina and Washington State where they were fined $25,000. Make sure the Board of Elections certifies these registrations. Obama uses ACORN to register voters and they are known for voter fraud.
PUMA '08

Posted by: navyvet48 | July 12, 2008 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Registering voters is a good thing...the more people that vote...the more government is held accountable. It's a very simple formula and the cornerstone of democracy.

Posted by: NK | July 12, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I think it is terrific that Obama is helping people register to vote. This is what democracy is all about. Obama's volunteers, for all they know, could be registering McCain voters (you never know). These volunteers are serving their country!

Posted by: Patriot | July 12, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Remember those conjunction junction cartoons with the episode on how a bill becomes a law? It had that cute little bill runnin all over Washington D.C. Well this is a quick little summary on the reverse.

http://www.236.com/news/2008/07/11/news_for_kids_how_a_law_stops_7665.php

Posted by: BenRad | July 12, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

To navyvet48: Get your facts straight before you make accusations! The voter registration is being done by Obama campaign volunteers, and has NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH ACORN. Suggest you check it out before you spread more lies.

Posted by: More Voters 2008 | July 12, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Lie #1: Undocumented immigrants, and legal U.S. residents, do not vote. They are not stupid - if they vote, just once, or even sign a voter registration app saying they're citizens, they lose any chance of becoming citizens, ever, in the future. Only citizens can vote - stop showing your ignorance, Payne. You're an embarrassment to real American citizens. No doubt you've never gotten off the couch and registered voters in your life.
Lie #2: ACORN is NOT registering voters for Obama, it is all volunteers, not one paid-for registration form - unlike Republicans, who can't even get enough volunteers to sit around at their convention, never mind to register voters!

Now, if you have 2-14 days off anytime between now and Oct. 6, go to Virginia and help register voters, and Obama will win! Volunteers are treated like diamonds, fed, housed, all by other volunteers. What a concept, eh?

Posted by: PUMAsFullOfBushLovingRepubs | July 14, 2008 5:39 AM | Report abuse

My son is part of this effort. It is staffed largely by volunteers who have left their everyday jobs for six weeks and are working 7 days a week, 14 hours a day. They are on the streets 10 hours a day, and then on the phone 3 hours a day.

How many of us have made such a sacrifice for something we believe in? With no renumeration or personal benefit?

There will always be objections to registration drives that bring marginalized, often poor and working class people into the democratic process. And in Obama's case, there is a lot of latent racism underneath these objections, the same racism that makes it possible for millions of Americans to want to believe that he's a Muslim or connected to terrorists.

Posted by: Matt | July 15, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

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