• The Power of One Voice

    I remember standing in a voting booth in 2008 and casting my vote for then-Senator Barack Obama. I was so proud of the role I played helping to elect our next president. Now, we are one year out from the 2012 election and our grassroots outreach to increase voter awareness couldn’t be more important.

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    St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley speaks with volunteers about the importance of their involvement at the Webster Groves One Year Out event.

    This past weekend, our Volunteer neighborhood teams held dozens of voter registration drives across MIssouri, working to expand the electorate in a state that knows the importance of voting and voter turnout. That importance was a hard lesson learned in 2008 when President Obama lost Missouri in the general election by less than one vote per precinct.

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    Kansas City volunteers braved chilly weather to register voters during the One Year Out events.

    When you help register someone to vote, you are a part of something larger. That single vote has the power to make an impact at all levels of government. As then-Senator Obama said, “One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.”

    With less than a year until the election, make a decision to give people that voice to make an impact here in Missouri.

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    St. Louis, volunteers pick up their packets before heading out to go door-to-door to register voters.

    The time for action is now: Get involved; commit to help make a difference today.

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