Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Orientation for new members of Miami-Dade Democrats

Your blogger was at one of a series of orientation meetings for new members of the Democratic Executive Committee, or DEC. Remember? There was an election Aug. 29 along with the primary, and Miami-Dade Democrats have a new roster of precinct committeemen and committeewomen, and quite a few are new to party activism and leadership.

This event on Monday was at Betty's Burgers on US 1 at 104th Street, so we all had something to eat while learning about the draft slate, the rules for early and absentee voting, who's up for election, what the Florida Secretary of State says about ID at the polls, where all the campaign offices are, and WHAT TO DO!

Chairman Bret Berlin packed a lot of info into a one-cheeseburger meeting, and everybody went home chanting www.my.barackobama.com.

About 35 were in attendance, and they all had a minute or so to say what had caused them to get up off the couch and volunteer for election. "I got an email," said one person, then another, and another, and another, and down the line. It was quite a testimony to the power of the email ask.

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