Thursday, August 28, 2008

Voters for Obama FAQ's


Q: I just found your site. What should I do first?

A: Start by calling or e-mailing undecided superdelegates in your state and asking them to support Obama. Visit our Get Involved page for a complete rundown of what else you can do to help.


Q: Are you part of the Obama campaign?

A: No. Voters for Obama is a volunteer organizaton, and is not affiliated with Obama for America. We are what the FEC calls an “independent expenditure” group. Our website is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.


Q: Where can I leave comments?

A: You can comment on posts featured on the main page (or anywhere else on the site - people also leave comments on individual states' pages), or e-mail us your thoughts, photos, or stories to votersforobama-at-gmail.com. If you start a petition drive in your area, or want to share your experience contacting local superdelegates, please let us know.


Q: Haven’t these superdelegates been bothered enough already? Are they going to resent hearing from ordinary voters?

A: We are focusing our efforts on superdelegates who are also elected officials (or state party chairs) and responsive to the citizens who vote for them, especially in states and districts where Obama won the popular vote.

When Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory announced his support for Obama on Feb. 25 as a superdelegate from Ohio, he made it clear how his decision was influenced by his constituents:

Following a news story about his previous indecision, Mallory said he heard from many of his local citizens. "[I] got lots of calls and e-mails, mostly telling me to support Obama," he said. "I got three or four calls in support of Clinton, but it was very lopsided."

Q: Hillary’s campaign has a website containing personal e-mail addresses and home phone #’s for all the superdelegates who have endorsed her. Why can’t I find that info here?

A: Our citizen lobbying is directed towards undecided superdelegates, not ones who have already endorsed Obama or Clinton (with a few exceptions). Only office phone numbers, e-mails and contact info is listed on this site, and all petitions should be addressed to superdelegates' office addresses.

Like New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson noted before he endorsed Obama on March 21, it’s better to use strategic tactics instead of trying to carpetbomb the superdelegates.


Q: I clicked on my state and saw your list of superdelegates. But how do I tell which ones are still undecided?

A: On each state's page, all the supers that have "Obama" following their names (whether or not it includes a link to a news story about the date when they endorsed) have announced for Obama. They are also highlighted in blue. The ones with "Clinton" following their names and highlighted in orange have come out for Clinton.

The remaining undecided superdelegates do not have "Obama" or "Clinton" following their names, and their names are not highlighted.


Q: Why is the date on your home page "Thursday, August 28, 2008"?

A: We're hosting our website using Blogger, so all the site's "pages" are actually blog posts, and they all have dates. The site's main pages are dated during the week in August when the Democratic National Convention will take place (Aug 25-28).

Our home page is the chronologically last post on the blog, so it's the first thing people see. The post is dated Thursday, August 28 because that's the last day of the convention, and the eventual nominee's acceptance speech is scheduled for that evening. It's up to all of us working together to make sure Barack is the one giving that speech.

5 comments:

Christine said...

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this message.

Your website for Voters for Obama is wonderful!

My name is Christine and although I am Canadian and cannot vote in the upcoming US Presidential Election, I am a supporter of Senator Barack Obama. I understand the significance to Canadians and everyone in the world of the importance of the person who holds the office of President of the United States.

During the months to come it’s important, as Senator Obama has stated, that we believe not only in his ability to bring about real change in Washington but in our own as well. It is imperative that we inform ourselves in order to make the best decisions possible and to maintain our enthusiasm for much needed change.

With this in mind I invite you to check out the following inspirational video set to the music of Emily Maguire in the hope it will help in some small way to encourage each of us to make our voices heard and keep the fire for change burning. I’ve watched it over a dozen times now and it always moves me. I hope you’ll feel the same.

I’ve received Emily Maguire’s gracious permission for anyone to share this video with friends, family or anyone who will appreciate it as well as embed it into their personal profile or on their website:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfQmAO2Q5kk

With appreciation for your time,

Christine Bode
Ontario, Canada

Connie said...

I saw a list of NC superdelegates on your site, however, I could not discern if the superdelegates listed were pledeged or unpledged.

Two or three of the names had Obama-endorsed by...while others just had Obama. Please advise.

Thank you,
Connie

Voters for Obama said...

Hi Connie,

To be exact, all the superdelegates listed on our site are "unpledged," which just means they can change their minds whenever they want to.

The "pledged" delegates are totally different, they're also known as "elected delegates" - the ones that got assigned according to the results of the primaries and caucuses, like N.C.'s primary on May 6.

But I think what you're asking is which N.C. superdelegates are still undecided. On each state's page, all the supers that have "Obama" following their names (whether or not it includes a link to a news story about the date when they endorsed) have announced for Obama. These ones are also highlighted in blue. The ones with "Clinton" following their names and highlighted in orange have come out for Clinton.

The remaining undecided superdelegates (in N.C., there are five remaining as of today) do not have "Obama" or "Clinton" following their names, and their names are not highlighted.

Does that make sense?

Erik

Connie said...

Thank you. I understand now.

Polly said...

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If you could make a question, a plea, a wish to Obama, what would you say?

Please visit my blog and let all our voices be heard!

Thank you. Polly.