Vote early and vote often. The catchphrase from former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley is one Georgia Equality probably would have liked to use in titling its alert to supporters today.
Instead, the statewide gay rights group reminded folks that the deadline to register to take part in the Nov. 4 election is Oct. 6. And if you’re already registered, GE wants you to know you can vote — right now. (Or at least during business hours.)
September 22 through October 24, 2008, registered voters may cast their ballot in person on weekdays at the office of their county registrar. Most county boards of elections will be open for early voting Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., although some counties may open additional voting locations or extend the hours. For more information, please contact your local board of registrars. No reason is needed to vote early, but photo ID is required.
GE also urged supporters to back efforts in Florida to defeat a proposed anti-gay marriage amendment on the ballot. This plea from Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida:
If you have a telephone and an internet connection, you can help us educate and mobilize fair-minded voters in these final, crucial weeks.
We will give you a brief training and the software is easy and intuitive even for those who are technologically inclined.
It is too close to call. That’s how pollsters and the media are describing the amendment fight. Six of the latest polls show that the deceptively named “Marriage Protection” amendment would lose by a slim margin.