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Dems to reach out to 1st time voters

The Democratic Party of Evanston and Organizing for America will reach out to first-time voters in a special canvassing event on Saturday, June 5, starting at 10:30 a.m. at DPOE headquarters at 821 Chicago Ave.

The Democratic Party of Evanston and Organizing for America will reach out to first-time voters in a special canvassing event on Saturday, June 5, starting at 10:30 a.m. at DPOE headquarters at 821 Chicago Ave.

Lieutenant governor candidate Sheila Simon other candidates and elected officials will kick off the event.

DPOE Executive Director Toni Gilpin said she expects more than 100 volunteers, who are part of DPOE’s Advancing Change program, to contact voters in Evanston and the 10th Congressional District on June 5. The local canvass is part of Organizing for America’s nationwide kickoff for its Vote 2010 project.

Participants will reach out to voters who cast their first ballots in the 2008 presidential election. “These voters have one thing in common: They’re the people who cast their first vote ever to send Barack Obama to the White House,” said Ms. Gilpin.

Organizing for America has estimated that there were about 15 million voters who went to the polls for the first time in 2008 to elect President Obama. The DPOE and OFA want to make sure these voters realize the importance of their votes in the upcoming 2010 elections.

There are thousands of such voters in the 10th Congressional District and Evanston, according to the DPOE. “If we want to advance the change we fought for in 2008, we need to get them back to the polls. Their votes can make the difference for Democrats this November,” said Ms. Gilpin.

Canvasses will begin at 10:30 a.m. on June 5, and another shift will begin at 1 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the office at 821 Chicago Ave. For those who can’t join the canvassers, the DPOE will set up phone banks.

For more information, contact DPOE Executive Director Toni Gilpin at 847-494-7302 or [email protected] 

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