Street Scene: Vote Nov. 6, 2012
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The young lady was near Macy’sÂ at the corner of 34th Street and Sixth Avenue encouraging passer-bys to register to vote. Â Oh joy!!! Â I was so excited to see her beautiful face. She agreed that I could take this picture. Her organization is HeadCount.orgÂ or the who that she is working for is called “Headcount.”
According to the organization’s website their purpose is Â “toÂ stage voter registration drivesÂ at concertsÂ and run programs thatÂ translate the power of music into real action. By reaching young people and music fans where they already are â€“ at concerts and online â€“ we make civic participation easy and fun.” Â That shows someone is thinking organizational strategy, right.
Take a look at this turbovote site. Â Their claim is that they “make the voting process as awesome as renting a DVD from Netflix.” They will track the rules and deadlines for where you live AND send you the forms that you need.
Here’s another Can I vote nonpartisan Â website that promises to tell you if you can vote and where to go vote state by state.
Regardless ofÂ whoÂ you choose to vote for, youÂ must vote. Â Sorry to be preachy but the first debate is just over a week away. Â Ohio is Â still up for grabs and we just don’t know what the outcome will be.Â Â Get your ducks in order and take nothing for granted. Â And meanwhile, Â let’s try not to be distracted by the non-deserving newsmaking headlines that fill the airwaves and social media.
Without mentioning race in this post, I offer the face of this campaign worker, as a member of the new mainstream and a view to what America will look like. Â America please get used to this.