Obama has launched a nationwide effort to register people to vote in all 50 states (not, as you might think, all 57, however), that started just this week:
Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama kicked off a voter registration drive in Birmingham on Saturday, joining volunteers holding similar events in 100 other cities nationally.
Two dozen Obama’08 volunteers visited store parking lots and neighborhoods across metro Birmingham, passing out voter registration forms. It was part of a Vote for Change mobilization drive in all 50 states.
The Obama volunteers registered 92 voters as of late Saturday afternoon, said volunteer Melissa Thomas. She said the registration drive will continue until the deadline before the Nov. 4 presidential election.
Meanwhile, via the GOS, we see that “Women’s Voices. Women Vote” has had another “unfortunate accident.” This “unfortunate mistake” happened in WV right before the primary, just like the “accidentally misleading” robo-calls in NC:
A group called “Women’s Voices. Women Vote” sent out more than 16,000 mailers to unmarried women in the state after April 22, the last day to register in time to vote Tuesday. …
Page Gardner, president of the women’s organization, said in a letter that:
“West Virginia residents will receive this mail after the deadline for registering to vote to participate in the upcoming primary election. Please be aware that the mailing is not intended to encourage registration specifically for the primary, but simply to encourage voter registration in general.
The mailing clearly indicates that the deadline to register to vote by mail for a particular election in West Virginia is 20 days before the election … We hope that this unfortunate coincidence in timing does not lead to any confusion or aggravation for either your state’s voters or registrars.”***
Ireland’s office said it received a batch of voter registration forms as a result of the group’s mass mailing, and many of them were from people already registered.
Ireland said she wants to assure already registered voters that they do not need to register again to vote in Tuesday’s primary. However, those voters who used the women’s group’s registration form to update their address should contact their county clerk’s office to determine their proper voting precinct.
“I do not want registered voters to be confused by this mailing,” Ireland said. “If you were already registered to vote, you do not need to re-register.”
Noted without comment.