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Promoting the absentee vote

December 29, 2007 | 10:38 am

Even if you don't live in Iowa or New Hampshire, be forewarned: the phone calls are coming!!!

The California branch of Democrat Barack Obama's presidential organization has publicized what we imagine most of the leading campaigns will soon be up to -- calling folks in many of the states with primaries later this winter to remind them that they don't have to wait to cast ballots.

As we've noted before, liberalized rules for absentee balloting mean that in a growing number of states, voting actually occurs over an extended period of time.

Debbie Mesloh, communications chief for Obama in the Golden State, noted in a recent release: "Absentee ballots for California's Feb. 5 presidential primary will be mailed out on Monday, Jan. 7; residents can apply to vote by mail until Jan. 29. According to a recent California Field Poll, more than 4.2 million of the state's 15 million registered voters -– 27.2% -– have signed up to cast their ballots by mail. In the June 2006 state primary election, a record 47% of the ballots cast came from absentee voters."

The calls in California on behalf of Obama, by the way, began today.

-- Don Frederick