With just three days left until Election Day, President Obama reminded voters in Mentor, Ohio, how much we've accomplished over the past four years—and how much we still have left to do together:
"You see heroes running into buildings, wading into the water to help their fellow citizens; neighbors helping neighbors cope with tragedy; leaders of different political parties working together to fix what’s broken; it’s a spirit that says no matter how bad a storm is, no matter how tough the times are, we’re all in this together—that we rise or fall as one nation, as one people.
"And that spirit has guided this country along its improbable journey for more than two centuries. It has carried us through the trials and tribulations of the last four years. Remember in 2008, we were in the middle of two wars and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
"Today, our businesses have created nearly five and a half million new jobs. The American auto industry is back on top. Home values are on the rise. We’re less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in 20 years. Because of the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, the war in Iraq is over. The war in Afghanistan is winding down. Al Qaeda is on the run, and Osama bin Laden is dead.
"So we’ve made real progress these past four years. But Ohio, we’re here today because we all know we’ve got more work to do. … As long as there’s a single American who wants a job and still can’t find work; as long as there are families who are working harder and harder but are still falling behind; as long as there’s a child anywhere in this country who’s languishing in poverty, or barred from opportunity, we got more work to do. Our fight goes on."
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Today at 7 a.m., early voting began across Florida. Well before the doors opened—or the sun was up—Floridians were lining up outside their polling places to cast their ballots 10 days before Election Day.
Milagros and her husband joined the queue at the Platt Regional Library in Tampa before the sun was up. She's a veteran volunteer with the local OFA field office, but this morning carries special significance. As a new American citizen, this is the first time the Venezuelan-born Milagros is eligible to vote.
"This is my first time voting. I'm really proud to be a citizen of the United States. My husband and I went to bed last night at 2 a.m., and we decided to wake up very early and come here and do it on the first day. We want to make sure our president is re-elected. He's the best for this country. He worries about the middle class. He worries about everybody. He loves America, and he wants to help us. I want to do anything I can [to re-elect him.]"
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We don't have to tell you why it's imperative that we re-elect our President 15 days from now—you know how much is at stake. But it's important to remember this: It's not enough just to vote for President Obama and Vice President Biden. If we want to create real, lasting change for the next four years and the next generation, we need to send a team of Democrats to Washington and to statehouses across the country who will work with President Obama to keep us moving forward.
That's why today, we're excited to roll out the first nationwide digital slate card that either political party has deployed online. We've been working closely with state Democratic parties to bring you slatecard.democrats.org, where you can access a handy list of federal and state Democratic candidates for most states—and even some party-endorsed ballot issues.
The digital slate card is simple to use. Just provide the ZIP code and address where you're registered to vote, and we'll pull publicly available data to create a list of Democratic candidates in your area, information on when and where early voting is available, and a list of what to bring to the polls. We'll also include easy-to-find links to your state board of elections and your state Democratic Party for more information about casting your ballot. You can share the slate card with your friends on all your social networks to make sure they know who to vote for, too. And when you're ready to head to the polls, you can bring your personalized slate card with you on your mobile phone or tablet—or print out a copy right from the site.
Today is the first day of early voting in North Carolina, and the Hon. Ron Kirk joined the Gotta Vote bus in Raleigh on the campus of North Carolina State University. Before students marched to their early vote location to cast their ballots, Kirk offered them a little pep talk:
"I read a poll that I think NC State is picked No. 1 in the coaches poll for ACC basketball. Now, I'm a huge college basketball fan, but I'm a big enough fan to know you don't win a national championship by polls. You don't win a national championship by just showing up for your first game in November and December. You win by the work you put in now—running those laps, doing those drills.
"Election Day is not just November 6—Election Day is today here in North Carolina. The way we win elections now is by voting early. This is our preseason. This is our training camp. Every early vote is money in the bank for us, and you have time to make sure your friends and neighbors know."
Early voting has begun in several states across the country. Find out when and where you can cast your ballot at GottaVote.com.