By Ilasiea L. Gray
So I thought about all the things I wanted to write about for this blog. Topics like he Colorado Amendments, Senate races, pre-election day coverage, and all kinds of other things filled my head. Then three phone calls changed my mind. I remember in class we discussed how in the past there were and possibly still are a lot of voters who are not knowledgeable of polling places and if so may not have transportation, etc.
Yesterday, I got a call from an Obama advocate (as I’m sure other people have), and the man on the phone asked me if; 1) I was voting, 2) for Barack Obama, and, 3) if I knew where my polling place was. I was skeptical of the man at first especially because he called me from a random number. After I told him yes to all of the above, he actually told me where my polling place was just in case. After he told me the place for confirmation, I softened my tone on the phone. I thought it was so cool that people actually call and encourage you to get out and vote. I was actually almost amazed for the simple fact that in class we discussed that people in the past weren’t knowledgeable of certain things like when and where to vote.
This year they are really taking initiative. I got a second call last night, but this time instead I received a voice mail. This time it was an older man named Walter Wright, and he was “calling on behalf of the Barack Obama Campaign for Change.” He sounded confused but very sincere. He was urging me to vote and hoping that I was going to vote for Obama. The same smile came across my face as it did when I received the first call. Thinking the message was over, another thing happened. At the very end of the message, the person gave a number to call if I needed a ride to my polling place. I was even more amazed! That was one point that was brought up when members of the class argued the voter I.D. law case; that some voters don’t even have transportation to their polling places.
Now this is my first time voting in an election and I’m not sure if they always call people and/or always offer rides to polling places, but I know that made me proud of what this country can do. That there are people out there not only advocating voting, but also the those who are willing to help those in need with transportation. In addition to those two calls, I got a message this morning from Senator Barack Obama himself. Of course it was automated but it was very personable:
Hi, this is Barack Obama. Tomorrow is the most important election day of our lifetimes, and I’m calling to ask for your support. We built a nationwide grassroots organization of Americans who are ready for change. As President, I’ll cut taxes for the middle class, create good jobs, lower health care cost, and bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. But I can’t do it by myself. This race will be close. And that’s why I need your vote tomorrow. Thanks so much. Bye bye.
Immediately after Obama was done speaking, a voice came on telling me my poll location. Once again I was amazed especially that hey, I’m one of the many people that got a voice mail from Barack Obama! Win or lose, that is something I will never forget. I can’t wait for tomorrow! GO VOTE =)