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Monday, November 5, 2012

Eat Gay Donuts, Canvass for Equality Tonight and Tomorrow

Posted by on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Washington United for Marriage's Capitol Hill action center is bustling with volunteers preparing to canvas King County to get likely voters out to Approve Referendum 74. It's also packed with food. So. Much. Food.

Granola bars, Top Pot Doughnuts, fruit, cupcakes, water, tea, juice, coffee... It's all there for the taking as volunteers whisk in and out between three-hour-long shifts of phone banking and canvassing.

Dominic wrote earlier about the phenomenal ground game that the Approve 74 folks have going, and I got to walk along with Katie and Jeff as they worked to get Capitol Hill voters to turn in their damn ballots. Jeff works for himself, and Kate is between jobs, so they've both been volunteering during the day to drive out the vote.

(Shifts are in the morning, afternoon, and evening—and it's not too late to sign up! The evening shift starts at 5:30 p.m., so people with jobs can canvass too!)

Kate, Jeff, and I marched around the east slope of the hill, knocking on a specific list of doors that belong to voters likely to approve 74, but who haven't yet turned in ballots. Being the middle of the day, most folks weren't home. One of the few encounters we had was a middle-aged woman returning home from work.

"Hey! Are you guys for Referendum 74?!" she yelled from across the street.

We were, we said. Have you voted yet?

"Ohhhhh yes. I have a gay son! And I put that sign down on the traffic circle!"

She then proceeded to tell us where ALL of the gay people in the neighborhood live. There were lots of them.

We marked down the few folks we talked to, left literature at the houses with nobody home, and returned back to the action center after finishing the beat. Before the end of tomorrow, folks will be back at those houses. Want to go tell people who already support 74 to turn their ballots in? Here is a list of events between now and tomorrow night. Tonight and tomorrow are both great times to get out in the crisp fall air and canvass for equality.

Sign up. Eat lots of food. Get out the vote. Get right with God.

 

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seatackled 1
I'll have to skip the gay donuts, but today I found an Approve 74 sign that had been blown over or knocked down and put it back up.
Posted by seatackled on November 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM · Report this
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If you are in King County you can make sure that your vote has been received and verified by tracking your ballot online at http://info.kingcounty.gov/elections/bal…. Voters in Snohomish County can track their ballots at: http://www.snoco.org/elections/results/R…. Voters in Pierce County can check at http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ouro…. If you voted early this is a great way to double check to make sure your ballot has been counted. It took three days after mailing my ballot to find out that my ballot had been verified.

If for some reason there is a problem with your ballot you can call the Elections Department tomorrow and fix the problem. This will be a very close election and your vote should count!

Please let other people know how they can check to make sure that their votes have been counted before the election is over.
Posted by historyteacher on November 5, 2012 at 4:24 PM · Report this
disintegrator 3
Gay donuts sound delicious, but.. They don't turn you gay...
Do they?
Posted by disintegrator on November 5, 2012 at 4:46 PM · Report this
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I believe gay donuts are those ones with all those damn little spreckles everywhere, that always fall off --- heterosexual donuts are those most excellent Top Pot Maple Bars, definitely heterosexual in nature....(and I voted for the queers to legally couple, and for the potheads even though I despise cigarette and pothead smoke...)
Posted by sgt_doom on November 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM · Report this
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What is the address for this?
Posted by historyteacher on November 5, 2012 at 5:32 PM · Report this
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Unless you're investing in giant quantities of sturdy fabric the verb you're looking for is canvass.
Posted by bigyaz on November 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM · Report this
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Donuts. Yummmmm.
Posted by Clayton on November 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM · Report this
Helenka (also a Canuck) 8
@4

I'm against smoking of all kinds but - if the referendum passes - people will be able to indulge in extra-special donuts legally. Or a salad with extra greens!
Posted by Helenka (also a Canuck) on November 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM · Report this
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@7 - The address is dependent on the event. Check the list in the link for whichever is most convenient for you.

@8 - Durable fabrics support 74! Get it? Nahhhh that's stupid, thanks for the heads up. It was a little busy at the office today.

-Mike
Posted by Guest Author on November 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM · Report this

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