Watching the debate the other night, it hit me just how close this race is and how the old saying that "every votes counts" was never more true. It also hit me that I couldn't just sit home, grumble about it and wring my hands – I had to actually do something about it or potentially suffer the consequences of my inaction.
That's why I've decided to take the week off before the election to work for the Obama campaign in the critical battleground state of Nevada. I'll be there to do whatever needs to be done to turn out the vote, whether it's walking precincts, making calls, giving voters a ride to the poll, etc.
The campaign is actively recruiting Californians like us to work in Nevada. It will provide housing in the homes of other supporters in the Las Vegas area, plus all the donuts and pizza we can eat! Nevada is now in the second level of swing states and I'm sure that it will be the subject of much media attention during the final weekend. I also expect that there will be a big GOTV rally with some of the campaign's big guns that last weekend.
I'm planning to drive to Las Vegas next Saturday or Sunday, Oct. 27 or 28 and stay through November 7. The campaign has scheduled a training session on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m., but it's not mandatory.
I realize that this is late notice and you may not be able to commit the entire week, but if you can spare a few days, or the final weekend, your help would be greatly appreciated. You can register here..
I don't have to tell you just how important this election is to women, Hispanics, children, working people and everyone else like us who are not part of the 1%. If you're not able to take time off, please consider volunteering for one of the local campaign phonebanks and help contact voters in Nevada and Colorado.
Thank you for your consideration and best regards,
John Echeveste is a partner with VPE Public Relations based in South Pasadena, CA and one of the country's largest Hispanic-owned agencies, handling a diverse roster of local and national consumer, social marketing and public affairs accounts. Email the author