Boots on the ground will be important for the final results on Tuesday night.
Human Events contributor Terrance Williams has a story about a group of young Americans who are on the frontline of the battleground states.
During the presidential election four years ago, a drastic change occurred in voting demographics and behavior. A largely ignored and underrepresented section of the electorate suddenly burst onto the scene. Young voters, middle and college-aged individuals voted in record numbers for Barack Obama. This election however, conservative groups around the country are working to change that dynamic. One such group is the D.C. Young Republicans.
The DCYRs were chartered by the national Young Republicans organization, which was founded in 1931. The DCYRs are locally based, but their outreach is national.
During this election cycle in particular, they have set up what they call deployments, whereby groups of volunteers travel to battleground states for voter registration drives. Deployments this election season have included Connecticut, D.C., Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
In Ohio alone, 60 volunteers from the Washington area traveled to the Buckeye State and made more than 16,000 voter contacts working with the National Young Republicans and other chapters from around the country.
So far, the DCYRs have made 11 trips to nine states, with over 400 participants making over 160,000 voter contacts, said Communications Chairman James Christophersen. He credited National Committeeman Stephen Jackson with organizing the trips.
These are pretty good numbers for an organization entirely made up of volunteers. “We have just over 450 active members,” Christophersen said. Additionally, about 2,000 conservatives receive weekly emails and newsletters. The group also boasts a strong social media presence, including two Facebook pages, the twitter hash-tag ‘#DCYRsOnTour’ dedicated specifically to their deployments, and accounts on YouTube, Flickr, Foursquare, and the newly launched blog, RightDC.com. “This is the official Blog of the DCYRs,” Christophersen said. “We hope that this will become a voice of the young Republican and young conservative movement in D.C. People think that we, young conservatives, are a dying breed; we are very interested in proving them wrong.”
All of these elements have been combined with social events to build a network of dedicated and loyal members. Besides the volunteer activities, the DCYRs also sponsor monthly happy hours with various conservative groups to promote networking and strong relationships. Recent meetings have hosted four members of Congress, and their membership includes eight individuals who have been listed on the first annual D.C. GOP 35 under 35 list, including Christophersen himself.
“I think that this confirms what we have been saying about ourselves for a while: we are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of today,” Christophersen said.
DC Young Republicans takeconservative message national (Human Events)