Moore County in many ways exemplifies America. To the north is Robbins, a struggling ex-mill town, where both a Senator and an astronaut rose above their environs and into the public light. To the south is Pinehurst, "Golf Capital of the World". Here there are two Americas.
When it comes to politics though, both northern and southern Moore County votes predominately Republican. Years ago, the north leaned more democratic, but more along the lines of Dixiecratic, eventually morphing to Republican. Time and again, the poor farmer or out-of-work mill worker will continue to vote Republican because their father did. The Republican Party message of oppression and less government still speaks to them.
West End Precinct is in the middle, both geographically and politically and of the 1683 registered voters, 635 are registered Dems, 689 Reps and 359 Una. Our problem here and county wide is representation; Republicans hold almost all elected offices. Changing this is our mission.
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The BlueNC community has been instrumental in my deeper involvement and the people of this community encourage citizen participation through their own activism. The first and best suggestion I have received (thanks SD) is to contact my local board of elections office and request a list of all registered dems in my precinct. (Find yours on this list ) Loyal Democrats and potential volunteers can be found by looking at their voting record. Start putting together teams of people willing to promote Democratic candidates and agendas to their family friends and neighbors.
THE PRECINCT IS THE MOST BASIC AND MOST IMPORTANT BUILDING BLOCK OF A WINNING AND SUCCESSFUL DEMOCRATIC PARTY. IT IS CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES. (from NCDP literature)
The many articles about precinct organization unanimously agree that face-to-face contact with as many people in each precinct is the key to a Democratic victory. This along with getting a democratic candidate in every race should be everyone's ultimate goal. Political Grassroots.org. a Republican website is filled with information and ideas for becoming involved in your local elections. Their message is that "political education is the foundation for political involvement". This diary by matt le w at DailyKos outlines "Precinct Ops" and gives you a road map to follow. RobertP, a BlueNC frontpager has written a series about the 100 County Strategy laying out actions that can be taken to turn North Carolina and every district blue.
100 Counties Part I: Why?
100 Counties - Part II: Who, How, and When?
For me, Precinct Organization is still a learning process, one that will take a lot of research, time and commitment. Every bit of advice will be gratefully accepted, every link every suggestion. I can complain about my government or I can do something about it. I choose to do!