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  • Floridians line up to vote early

    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.

    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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  • This is awesome

    Imagine being in Chicago on election night, having the best seat in the house when President Obama addresses the nation after the results come in. You could be that lucky supporter.

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  • Your 2012 digital slate card

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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.

    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.

    Early voting has already begun in many states across the country, so get started right now at slatecard.democrats.org.

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  • Ron Kirk: “This is our preseason”

    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.

    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.

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on second presidential debate: President Obama was clear winner

    DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on tonight’s presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York:

    “President Obama emerged from tonight’s debate as the clear victor. He made it clear to the American people that he possesses the strength, decisiveness and steady hand that our country needs—and that he has a vision to keep moving America forward and build our economy not from the top down, but from the middle out. Voters across the country also saw the President clearly break down the ‘sketchy deal’ that Mitt Romney has offered them: his plan to spend a whopping $5 trillion on a tax cut for the wealthiest few, even though they don’t need it, and $2 trillion on a defense buildup that the Pentagon has made clear it doesn’t want—without any explanation as to how he would pay for it.

    “But President Obama didn’t just win tonight—Mitt Romney lost, and he did it by launching one misfire after another in his attacks against the President, in addition to missing the mark on his own proposals. When called out for the lack of substance to his own plans, Romney was clearly flustered and took it out on the moderator rather than actually offering a defense of his indefensible plans. And just as he’s done at every twist and turn of his campaign, he misled the American people—not only by refusing to tell the truth about his plan to take away women’s access to affordable contraception or his pledge to veto the DREAM Act, but also by lying about the President’s immediate response to the terror attack in Benghazi. Mitt Romney showed once again that all he has to offer are more false attacks, more empty proposals and more failed leadership—and the American people simply deserve better than that.”

  • Phone banking in Iowa City

    Women's activist Sandra Fluke and actor Tate Donovan popped into an OFA Iowa phone bank in Iowa City tonight and made calls to University of Iowa students, asking them to cast their ballots early. Early voting in Iowa—the first in the country—began last Thursday.

    Women's activist Sandra Fluke and actor Tate Donovan popped into an OFA Iowa phone bank in Iowa City tonight and made calls to University of Iowa students, asking them to cast their ballots early. Early voting in Iowa—the first in the country—began last Thursday.

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  • Getting out the vote in Iowa, door by door

    Mike Fitzgerald, Iowa's state treasurer, hopped on the Gotta Vote bus for our stops in Sioux City and Council Bluffs. Fitzgerald has already cast his ballot early—Iowa's early voting began on Thursday—and in Council Bluffs, he had the chance to knock on a few doors and urge voters to do the same.

    Mike Fitzgerald, Iowa's state treasurer, hopped on the Gotta Vote bus for our stops in Sioux City and Council Bluffs. Fitzgerald has already cast his ballot early—Iowa's early voting began on Thursday—and in Council Bluffs, he had the chance to knock on a few doors and urge voters to do the same.

    Casey, an OFA Iowa organizer who joined the treasurer on the canvass, says, "You know, the election has really started here. Every single day, votes are getting cast, and we're here to make sure that they're for President Obama. Every day is Election Day in Iowa."

    They leave the first house they stop at with four requests for absentee ballots. At the next house, two Obama supports commit to vote. Not a bad start for a city in western Iowa, which has traditionally been the most conservative part of the state. Fitzgerald says they're not discounting any part of the state: "We want to make sure that wherever they live, we get them to the polls."

    And as Casey points out, the President has a special connection with the people of Iowa. "This is where it all started for President Obama. The people of Iowa know him. He spent a year here. And that bond will push him over the edge on November 6."

  • “Iowa, do exactly what you did before”

    Election Day is still 38 days away, but in Iowa, early voting began on Thursday. Across the state, Iowans—who pride themselves on being first in the nation when it comes to elections—have been mailing in absentee ballots and voting in person for the past two days. But, as Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak noted, Iowans also pride themselves on making an informed decision about who they're going to send to the White House.

    Election Day is still 38 days away, but in Iowa, early voting began on Thursday. Across the state, Iowans—who pride themselves on being first in the nation when it comes to elections—have been mailing in absentee ballots and voting in person for the past two days. But, as Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak noted, Iowans also pride themselves on making an informed decision about who they're going to send to the White House.

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