Another Voting Reminder: Get ALL your stuff tight

We will be beating the hell out of this one until Election Day, which is in 29 days, on 7 Nov 2006 this year.

People, please make sure that you not only register to vote, but that every aspect of your registration is decent & in order, and that you have all materials you need in hand before election day. These includes:

1. 2 forms of ID
This is not a governmental requirement, but be on the safe side and bring these anyway. These includes a Driver’s Licence, State ID, Passport, Student ID, utility bill, etc.

2. Voter Registration Card
Most states issue these cards, which confirm who you are as well as the state, county, and city in which you are registered.

You can go to many sites such as this one to begin the voter registration process if you have not done so already. If your state is like the one I currently live in, Washington, it may be too late to register by mail. In that case, you may have to register in person.

That’s what I have to do, since they “can’t seem to find” my voter registration application. I noticed this because I registered on 16 Sep 2006, yet I have received no voter registration card (#2 above). I live in what can be considered a progressive state, but there are problems even here.

The moral of the story here is that we need to be diligent and thorough, making sure that everything is in order and that we have done all that we need to do to vote. The next issue is combatting vote suppression, voter intimidation, and election-stealing, but we can’t complain about these if we are not even registered.

One Love. One II.




About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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