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Micro-targeting the Pot Vote « The Washington Independent

Jul 31, 2020
Pot-smokers vote, but most campaigns don’t want to be seen directly appealing for their support. Of course, it’s telling that our political culture coddles war crimes by government officials and warrantless wiretapping by corporations, but stoners are just too out there. Anyway, while activist pot smokers — especially young ones — could break strongly for Sen. Barack Obama, the campaign has not been officially engaging them. That’s where the bottom-up organizing comes in.
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Several thousandpeople just gathered for the 17th annual Hempfest in Seattle, and activists independently organized a voter registration drive on-site, recruiting volunteers through the campaign’s social networking portal, MyBo. (The SeattleForBarackObama bloghas more.) Josh Castle postedhis plan to spread "Obama love" and recruit new voters:
Join us at the Seattle Hempfest… We’ll register thousands of new voters, sign up new volunteers and give out Obama gear and literature. Hempfest is one of the largest annual events in Seattle. It attracts tens of thousands of young people, many just becoming eligible to vote. We can be a huge team of volunteers, blanket these new voters with Obama love, and get everyone registered and ready to vote!
The Silenced Majority Blogreports that the volunteers were able to register hundreds of voters.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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