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Portsmouth Herald: 'Every vote counts' on Tuesday

By Szanne Laurent

Nov. 1, 2014

PORTSMOUTH – Standing in front of a whiteboard that read “Days: 3 until victory,” Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, kicked off the first launch of canvassers from the Portsmouth Democratic Committee headquarters on Brewery Lane.

In introducing the women, City Councilor Stefany Shaheen said it was “ground game 2.”

“Voter turnout was at 49 percent in 2010,” she said. “We need everyone to get out and vote.”

EMILY's List, the largest national resource for women in politics, was created by Ellen Malcolm in 1985 to fund campaigns for pro-choice Democratic women, and strategically torchlight the balance of power in government.

“We say this a lot at EMILY’s List and I believe it,” Schriock said. “The most courageous thing you can do in a democracy is to put your name on the ballot and I am so grateful to the brave candidates, women and the men, here in New Hampshire.”

She said it was important to be part of the team that ensures they win because it is the best thing for the people.

“Do not think, do not let anyone think, that their vote does not matter,” she said. “It means everything. One vote can change the trajectory of an entire nation.”
The stakes are high, Schriock said.

“The Republicans want to roll back the clock on everything we have fought for, for decades,” she said. “What they are doing to reproductive rights in this country is outrageous. But it is not just that piece. And it is not about some special interest. It is about the future, the freedom, the independence, that we have as individuals to do what we need to do just to have a fair shot for success for ourselves and our families.”

Shea-Porter thanked Schriock for all the hard work EMILY’s list does. And she asked the canvassers to help voters understand the importance of their vote.

“We know that we’re still small in numbers, but it’s important to make sure the House and the Senate looks like it does in their own neighborhoods where we see men and women working side by side,” Shea-Porter said.

Hassan told canvassers to make sure the people in New Hampshire understand the choice in this election.

“We have set the state back on the right track after two years of a devastating O’Brien legislature,” Hassan said. “The choice in this election is really, really clear. Do we continue our forward motion or do we allow my opponent who has praised Bill O’Brien and signed a Koch brothers pledge to take us backwards?”

About 50 canvassers set out into the drizzly weather to knock on doors after the first launch. Several more launches were planned throughout Saturday with the second one at 12:30 p.m. kicked off by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

Canvassing efforts will also be held at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and interested people are encouraged to visit the office at 125 Brewery Lane at any time as there will also be phone-banking out of the office if they can’t canvass.



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