Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Last Chance to Sign Up for This Friday's Trick or Vote: Pass It On!
On October 31st, members of New Mexico Youth Organized (NMYO) and local partners in Albuquerque will engage in a massive nonpartisan Get Out the Vote drive called “Trick or Vote.” The costumed force of over 200 young people will meet at Lower Johnson Field on the UNM campus at 5:00 PM and fan out in neighborhoods across the city on Halloween to remind people to vote on November 4th.
Following the neighborhood canvasses, NMYO will host an all-ages Halloween event at the Outpost Performance Space. The event will provide a safe entertainment space for youth and volunteers, while getting participants excited about engaging in our democracy. Some of the high profile local artists featured include DJ Eve, DJ Bea, DJ Mittens, City Side Front, a variety of young poets and more!
Trick or Vote is part of a national nonpartisan effort to encourage youth participation in the electoral process.
Volunteers can sign up at www.TrickOrVote.org.
Also see the Trick or Vote website at www.TrickorVote.org for videos and interviews.
Trick or Vote is catching people’s attention across the country. Young leaders attended both the Democratic and Republican conventions to get the word out about what youth are doing to make a difference in this election (see video).
Studies show that the most effective way to increase voter turnout is to have face-to-face conversations and simply ask people to vote. With this Friday being the biggest door-knocking day of the year, NMYO and its partners look forward to connecting with thousands of people. Conveniently, Halloween also falls just 4 days before the election, when “Get Out the Vote” efforts become most crucial. For these two reasons it’s easy to view Trick or Vote as being the “best way on the best day.”
“We’ve been working hard over the past two months to recruit hundreds of young volunteers for this event,” said Amanda Manjarrez, Trick or Vote Coordinator with New Mexico Youth Organized. “The response and enthusiasm has been absolutely overwhelming! Young people are really excited about participating in this event. We believe Trick or Vote can be an excellent entry point for young people to begin a lifetime of positive civic engagement.”
New Mexico Youth Organized (NMYO) is a community-based organization devoted to improving the lives of working families in our state. Through engaging 17-34 year olds in the civic process our mission is to inspire the next generation of leaders in New Mexico.
* NEW MEXICO YOUTH ORGANIZED * P.O. BOX 27653 * ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87125 * * AMANJARR@GMAIL.COM * WWW.NMYOUTHORGANIZED.ORG * 505.242.4036 *
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Posted by: | Oct 28, 2008 10:50:03 PM
I'll be interviewing some Trick or Vote folks tomorrow and have a post up at my place and NMI tomorrow. I'm also thinking of tagging along with them in the canvass.
Question: What should I dress up as?
Posted by: | Oct 29, 2008 12:42:54 AM
Mary Ellen plans to be there too. But I think she is dressing up as herself so you should recognize her by her political buttons and her fascist-communist-socialist Obama shirt. You know how we are.
Hmm. If you want to go in costume, maybe you should dress up as a blogger. You know, pajamas, uncombed hair, coffee mug in hand, bags under the eyes, blisters on the fingers, driving a car that keeps crapping out!
Come to think of it, I'm sitting here now with uncombed hair, coffee mug in hand, bags under my eyes. I want it known, however, that I am NOT in pajamas, the blisters on my fingers are healed and turned to calluses and my Ranger is running OK right now.
Posted by: | Oct 29, 2008 9:24:17 AM