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My Obama Minute: Killer Voter Registration Tool

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

My sister got married this weekend in Princeton, NJ. It was one helluva wedding, and the party was pure my sister, pure Jersey.

(Thus the Neurotic Democrat’s four-day hiatus.)

By my count, James the DJ played 6 Springsteen songs over the course of the night, starting with Brilliant Disguise; moving to Glory Days (the first big sing-along) followed immediately by Rosalita. Later, he played Jersey Girl and Born to Run.

Toward the end of the night, bride, cousins, sisters, family and friends were singing every word to every song. We formed a circle and put our arms around each other like we were back in our college dorm rooms. We dipped and weaved, pumping our fists in the air, emphatically making every last one of Bruce’s points. We played air sax and air guitar and air piano, E Streeters, one and all.

So use it Rosie! we insisted. That’s what it’s there for!

At midnight, the DJ called it quits — turning the music off and putting the lights up — only to surprise us a moment later with an encore of his own: Thunder Road.

It’s a town full of losers, we said, punctuating the night … and I’m pulling out of here to wiiiiiiiiiiin!

Come to think of it, sometimeswhen I think of this election, that’s exactly how I feel.

Woke this morning with a killer sore throat and a married little sister. Go sis!

All of which is to say that My Obama Minute today was, actually, about a minute. But it was a very cool minute.

After receiving an email from the Obama campaign, I logged on to . I’d recommend you do the same. Essentially this is a quick and very easy tool — you can email it around to friends and family — that lets you know whether you are currently registered to vote, and, if you are not, you can register, right away, no fuss.

It literally took me under a minute using the site to find out that I was currently registered in Akron, OH. And it immediately gave me all the information I need to vote in Ohio, including what forms of ID are acceptable and my polling hours.

Apparently, the Obama team has already registered 200,000 people this way. Their goal is one million — so they need your help.

Send this link to everyone you know. Right away. I’m serious. Tell them it will only take a minute. It’s one more way we can win this election.

So that some day we’ll look back on this and it will all seem funny.