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Why This Obama News Is Less Important Than That Obama News

This is an article printed on A4 of WSJ today that is probably more important than any news we have today, like CNN’s news about Bill Clinton meeting Obama.  The WSJ says Obama is spending hours on voter registration.  This news is not on the front page because it is not about policy / platform.  However, this is probably more important than Obama’s policy / platform or gossip about the when and where Obama meeting Bill Clinton.  

 

America requires voter registration, unlike other democratic and developed countries where voter registration is more like an address change notification to the election office from the voter.  As a result, voter registration rules becomes a tool to suppress the votes of the less informed voters, not too different from what Zimbabwe’s Mugabe does.  This hurdle creates an opportunity for customer-facing politicians – those who register more voters are more likely to win.  

 

Each new voter registration is worth about one to two hours of labor.  It is labor intensive and expensive.  However, the reward is greater than what one election can deliver.  A voter who walks into a voting booth is voting for more than one race anyway.  So, one hour of labor rewards more than one candidate.  A newly registered voter tends to lower voting attrition rate.  Voters tend to continue to vote for a party that they voted for in their first voting experience.  Therefore, the party is likely to get a new voter for life.  

 

Over time, air war becomes more and more important in elections and emphasis on the ground war fades away.  There are numerous precincts without a captain from both of the political parties in America.  Voter registration drives become less and less frequent as we have less and less precinct captains.  

 

What has been happening over the years is elections are slowly determined by fewer and fewer voters.  Elections are getting more and more expensive due to air wars.  More seats are becoming uncompetitive to the degree that challenging candidates are no longer an effective way to check on the incumbents.  

 

Higher voting participation, similar to the statistics regarding attendance to religious institution, increases the participation to local charities, be it fundraising effort or volunteer hours.  A more involved citizenry is also more likely to press the government to address the causes of the local charities.  Voter reigistration can simply be done at the receptionist’s desk of any charity.  Voter registration is not partisan and has no direct or indirect impact on a non-profit’s tax status. 

 

Obama is pouring resources into voter registration for his own benefit.  Moreover, he is not just doing a favor for his party, he is doing a favor to the democracy of America.

 

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June 30, 2008 - Posted by | activism, advocacy, Barack Obama, Current Events, Democrats, election, Election 2008, Electioneering, John McCain, mccain, nonprofits, obama, opinion, politics, Republican, wordpress-political-blogs

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