Yesterday the Rockland County Grassroots Volunteers for Obama caravanned to Philadelphia to knock on doors in the "East Philly" neighborhood, with the goal of registering voters and securing votes for Obama. Pennsylvania, although it is considered "soft blue" could easily carry the election if too many McCain supporters turn out on election day. I've made phone calls before, but this was my first experience with political canvassing going door to door and wasn't sure what to expect. (Okay, I was scared to death.) We had a brief training session with Mark, the coordinator of the office there.
It helped that my partner for the walk, Suzanna, polite and friendly to begin with, has a lovely, unobtrusive British accent. Behind one of the first doors we knocked on was a registered Dem who wouldn't come to the door and shouted "I'm votin' for the other guy!" I guess she meant the white-haired dude. Sadly there were a handful of Dems who are still refusing to vote for Obama. However, to cancel them out, there were also a good number of Republicans crossing party lines to vote for him, saying they've had "enough of the Republicans." I was surprised at how many women who supported Hilary remain undecided. Hoping to become more involved with this great group over the next few weeks.
Two new East Philly voters: