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Ten Things to Help 'W' Win

Monday, 06 November 2000 12:00 AM

But as they say, it’s not over until the last vote is cast.

Getting a little itchy with, perhaps, a twinge of nervousness? If so, don’t worry – it’s normal on election eve.

The best cure is to be productive between now and the time the polls close.

You can have a significant impact on the result, for a number of important reasons.

First, obviously, every vote counts. Second, you can affect the outcome for a host of races, apart from the presidential race. Third, this is

Here, then, are Ten Things you can do, beginning today and continuing through tomorrow evening:

1. Today, compile a list of all of your extended family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, club and group members, church/temple members, and any other people you know.

2. Call every single one of the above people today. See who they’re supporting. If Bush, encourage them to vote early, and make a note. If Gore, cross them off the list. If they don’t know, sell them on Bush and then cross them off. (If they don’t know today, their vote is uncertain. If by chance they vote, maybe you convinced them.)

3. Have each member of your immediate family do the Ten Things among their own non-overlapping contacts.

4. Suggest that each highly motivated Bush supporter on your list also perform these Ten Things.

5. Tomorrow, vote early and ensure your entire immediate family votes early. Doing so will help save time for getting others out to vote later in the day.

6. If possible, visit your polling place several times throughout the day tomorrow and observe if any problems are apparent. For example, is a voting machine broken? Are there inordinate delays, due to other than the sheer volume of voters? Is anyone "electioneering" inside or at the entrance of the polling place? (This means campaigning of any sort, which is prohibited.) If any of these are the case, immediately call: 1) Your local board of elections; 2) the local Republican party; and 3) the state Republican party. Take no other action on your own.

7. Beginning mid-morning tomorrow, call everyone on your list to see if they voted. Make a note of what they say. If they intend to vote later, make a note and follow up at that time. Ask if they need a ride to the polls or a baby-sitter or any other assistance. Provide whatever help is necessary to ensure that they actually get out and vote.

8. Late afternoon, repeat number seven above.

9. Early evening, repeat number seven above.

10. Speak to everyone you come in contact with throughout election day at work, at school, in the neighborhood, etc., and encourage them, if they are Bush supporters, to be sure to vote.

Enjoy watching the returns come in.

And, when George W. Bush is declared the president-elect of the the United States of America, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.

You deserve it!

Finally, offer a prayer for our next president and our nation, seeking the guidance and grace with which to approach an exciting and dignified future.

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Dan Frisa represented New York in the United States Congress and served four terms in the New York State Assembly.

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