CHICAGO – While Mitt Romney spends election day as a candidate, stumping for votes in swing states, President Obama is reverting to an older role from his past – community organizer.
He started the day on Tuesday with an email that amounts to a field memo, in which he reminds supporters how a turnout operation works on the big day.
“Once you vote today, keep going,” Obama writes. “Get on the phone, get online – all day long, there will be something you can do to help.”
He includes links to help people find their polling place and also to work a volunteer shift with Obama for America, all under a subject line that reads: “Go vote – and forward this.”
Obama also plans to do several satellite television interviews to encourage supporters.
He may also make some calls and visit volunteers in whose hands he now says the election rests. In the final analysis, the story of the 2012 election will include a big chapter on the Obama ground game operation.