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Monday, June 16, 2003


MoveOn Endorsement Details

posted by Editor at Monday, June 16, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The folks over at MoveOn have released the details behind their endorsement process. This has been presented as a very important event by the campaign. According to the website, "You will be sent an email with a unique one-person/one-vote link. Voting will take place Tuesday, June 24th 12:00 am to Wednesday, June 25th 11:59 pm (Eastern time.)" The detail further:
In most presidential primary processes, pundits, pollsters and wealthy donors determine the outcome long before the actual primaries. By the time the rest of us cast our ballots, the nomination is typically a done deal. The PAC Primary will allow hundreds of thousands of voters to speak out now, adding their weight to the campaigns of their choice. Voting in the PAC primary starts Tuesday, June 24.

If you are already on the MoveOn mailing list, then you are already a registered MoveOn Primary voter -- but you can register here just to make sure. All registered MoveOn Primary voters will be emailed a unique link that will allow them one vote. Do not forward your link to anyone else, as that will allow them to change your vote. There is no way to vote more than once using your unique link.

The Washington Post writes on the endorsement:
Michael Cornfield, a political scientist at George Washington University, said the group's endorsement could be a boon, especially for the party's more liberal candidates. He estimated the group raised $2.4 million during the 2000 election, when its membership was about one-third its current size. He said the group now might raise more than $10 million.

"This could put [Howard] Dean or [Rep. Dennis] Kucinich even with [Sen. John] Edwards in one fell swoop," Cornfield said. "I would say that's fairly significant -- if it happens."

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