Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Ask the Chairman Round 2

Image Hosted by In our second Ask the Chairman segement, Chairman Sean Connaughton answers the question:With less than a week to go before the election, how do we as Republicans overcome the problems we face as a party nationally and state-wide to help secure this election? Chairman Connaughton: There are strong indications that this election will feature low voter turnout and that the results are going to be close. For a number of reasons, people seem to be either turned off to the election or otherwise distracted. As a result, I do not think that traditional staples such as signs, literature, rallies, etc., are going to have much impact with this electorate. Consequently, it is vital that the Republican base gets to the polls next Tuesday. Since Virginia does not have party registration, people are needed to support the voter identification efforts going on this week. This means spending time indoors and making allot of telephone calls – but the effort will be worth it especially when coupled with planned poll watching on Election Day. In many targeted precincts, there will be a methodical effort underway next Tuesday to determine whether identified Republicans have voted. For those who have not voted, calls will go out during the day to remind them to get to the polls. People are needed to volunteer to work the polls on Tuesday by being “inside” not “outside” the polling places. This change of procedure has been met with hostility from some regular Republican poll workers who are accustomed to the traditional method of campaigning outside the polls on Election Day. It is essential that the new system be applied next week. This organized program worked well in last years Presidential election and will be a key reason why the Republican ticket will win this year in Virginia – if we give it a chance. Whether or not you can work the polls, I suggest that everyone undertake their own personal voter identification effort. It’s easy: make a list of ten friends/acquaintances who you know are registered to vote and you consider to be independent. Call them and ask them to vote for the Republican ticket and give them the reasons why. Word of mouth campaigning by people who are liked/respected is the most effective way to influence a voter. After you do this, call ten Republicans you know and ask them to do the same thing. In a low turnout election, the few thousand votes touched this way can make a difference. Good luck and see you at the polls on Tuesday!


At 11/02/2005 01:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Good analysis Sean.

At 11/02/2005 07:48:00 PM, Anonymous not marty's oversized melon said...

Sean-What's your next step?

At 11/04/2005 03:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope he beats Bob Fitzsimmonds for the State Senate.


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