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."