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Tue Nov 10, 2015, 08:28 AM

74. I was near Watertown

over the weekend; I picked up my youngest daughter at Wells College, near Ithaca, and traveled up to St. Lawrence University, to visit her sister. My older daughter was in a play there on Saturday night. She is also a social-political activist on her campus.

I live between Binghamton and Oneonta, on the edge of the state's Southern Tier. Over the past decades, I led voter registration campaigns in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego Counties. Even in this area, there have been efforts to discourage our efforts. In the past, we required the generous assistance of friends from the Center for Constitutional Rights to remove the road-blocks to voter registration that the local republican machine attempted to place in front of us.

Thus, I share your concerns about internet registration. My daughters attribute that largely to my lack of comfort with technology. I always did enjoy getting a couple associates, and going door-to-door in the "low-income" neighborhoods in area towns and villages, and registering people. And helping to organize a system that increased the likelihood of folks actually going to the voting booth come election day.

Your posts have got me thinking about those "good old days" .....sorry that I get carried away.

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