Dems reach out to community on eve of convention kickoff

Posted September 3, 2012

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— One day before its official kickoff, the Democratic National Convention hosted CarolinaFest, a Labor Day street party to showcase the Queen City.

As delegates and supporters from around the nation converged on Charlotte, the festival served as a marketplace for traditional Democratic causes. 

"(CarolinaFest) is way to get out and touch people," said North Carolina delegate Joe Alston. 

Among the entertainment, vendors and exhibits, hundreds of volunteers were also registering voters. 

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Charlotta Chung, a campaign volunteer for President Barack Obama, said she thinks inviting the community to participate in convention activities will get voters' attention.

"The fact that it's such an open and transparent convention, with community credentials being distributed and people actually being invited to participate, I think we're harnessing that energy and leveraging for a lot of good," Chung said.

During Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, the Democratic Party signed up about 25,000 volunteers during the national convention in Denver. In Charlotte, the party hopes to double that number with outreach events like CarolinaFest.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 4, 2012

    @boney, 9% of Pennsylvania voters will be disenfranchised if Repubs get photo voter ID laws created there. That’s hundreds of thousands of people who will be denied voting rights.

    And, this will Poll Tax disproportionately affects African Americans, Latino, poor, rural, old & others who often vote Democrat...for a non-existent problem...a problem that PA has never had a single case. Not one.

    But, that’s all by design. That’s why Pennsylvania GOP House Leader Mike Turzai was able to say that Mitt will win the state because of this.

    Of course, there have been in-person voter fraud that creating new laws to impose Big Government on every U.S. citizen will prevent. Ten (10) cases...since the entire United States...out of several hundred million votes. Yep. There’s your “justification” for all this time, taxpayer money, resources and disenfranchisement. Nice job, vote stealer.

  • MadMaxx Sep 4, 2012

    You did not need voter ID there, they just passed out the 40's without asking for ID, just like voting!

    Protesters, there are not any protesters in Charlotte, everyone loves the democRATS and would not even think of protesting. And if they did, Charlotte has the protest area just South of Rock Hill, SC

  • Sherlock Sep 4, 2012

    I was able to registrator 6 times, wow it counts!!!!

  • Sherlock Sep 4, 2012

    You did not see any protesting there, that was blocked out....looking bad on the city!!!

  • boneymaroney13 Sep 4, 2012

    hoopster must be afraid of loosing one of her give away programs.

  • boneymaroney13 Sep 4, 2012

    I don't think it's called "voter supression". It's called voter identification. You know, the same ID you need to buy booze, to buy behind the counter cold medicine, to rent a hotel room, to fly in an airplane, ect., ect. Sounds kind of odd that minorities and the elderly can't fly, can't buy cold medicine, or even buy booze. Is this what's is happening?

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 4, 2012

    As explained below it's not "voter suppression" we're talking about here it's fraud, cheating, underhanded, shame full voter fraud. And the honesty thing? Good point, thanks for bringing it up as the current White house hasn't been truthful about one thing since being elected. What happened to the transparency thingy?

  • hoopster Sep 4, 2012

    Stop hating, u have had your say last week. Let other enjoy without the voter suppression that u would like to have to increase the chances of Romney winning. By the way, what is on the GOP ticket for u. They lie like a rug!!!

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 4, 2012

    Democrats in this very state passed the requirement for photo ID's to be presented to obtain prescription drugs an yet complain that it's the elderly that don't have photo ids? Ya, sure their not working for electoral fraud.

  • muggs Sep 4, 2012

    Pictures indicates a fair assesment of who is going to be voting for him, now we have to figure out how many times they will cast their ballots.