Alameda Dem Club banks it
As we sit here in front of CNN and wait with bated breath for California’s polls to close, members of the Alameda Democratic Club are jamming the phones in an effort to get out the vote.
“We’re calling still here,” club co-president Jim Oddie told us as a cheer went up at the club’s jam-packed Central Avenue headquarters, as someone called Pennsylvania for Obama. “We don’t want to go to bed thinking there was something we could have done.”
The club had 25 phone lines going during the day calling here and across state lines; they’ve also got folks outside the polling places passing out information on the candidates and causes they’ve endorsed.
Oddie told us that 59 percent of Alameda’s 44,000 or so registered voters are Democrats, up by about 4,400 Dems since 2006.
He said about 9,000 Alameda voters cast ballots early; we’re still trying to get our mitts on a total number of Alameda voters who hold absentee ballots.
No reports of problems at our local polls, though we did see that a concerned citizen called the police to the Alameda Christian Reformed Church to complain that the No on 8 folks who have been outside polling places all day weren’t 100 feet from the polls as required. (We stopped, and it sounds like there was not problem).
The polls, by the way, are open til 8 p.m.