Get out the vote; whatever it takes
By Andrei Codrescu
Here are some suggestions for getting out the vote.
Plaster an old coat with Vote! stickers and go to work in it.
Write Vote with a magic marker on your whole body and stand naked in a public place after calling the TV stations.
Put Vote stickers on peoples backs in line at the bank.
Serve hot coffee and donuts from your car and then drive people to vote. Tailgate party for democracy starting today.
Break up with your girlfriend/boyfriend if they dont vote.
Wives, Lysistrata your husbands if they dont vote!
Husbands, prepare to Lysistrate back if your wives refuse to exercise their citizenship!
Plant a Soviet or Cuban refugee in your living room to tell horrible stories about places where they dont vote and how dictators rule with impunity and kill your family. You can plant me; I used to live in one of those places. Our dictator always got 99 percent of the vote and he put your mommy in prison if she complained. Now my mommy lives in Florida where they stole her vote in 2000 and shes not too happy; she sees shades of the old country sprouting up right around here.
Teachers, dentists, and nurses are in a very good position for relating such stories to captive audiences and making them vote. A dentist bent over an anesthetized patient is in an ideal position to shout Vote! in his ear. You dont have to go as far as to anesthetize people or to get them drunk to vote. That kind of thing killed Edgar Allan Poe and he was going to vote anyway. But if people are anesthetized or drunk in the first place, its O.K. Just warn them about throwing up in the voting booth: thats a no-no.
Be sure that you paint Vote on your pets and take them for a walk. Use fluorescent paint it brings out the eyes in pets.
Leave those fliers that look like dollar bills in conspicuous places. When people pick them up, they say Vote.
Train pigeons to fly Vote banners (if you cant afford airplanes).
Im not giving candidate advice here. Just vote, please.
I voted for Eldridge Cleaver in 1968, so you definitely dont want my advice. On the other hand, my mommy is neither stupid nor confused: She knows her way around a bowl of spaghetti and in 2000 they stole her vote. So, Vote for my mommy.