Here is a report from one of our own readers Tom in Arizona on the epic failure of the Romney Get Out the Vote effort:
I volunteered for the Romney campaign election day task force on 10/21/2012. I received the following email on 10/22/2012:
Thank you very much for your interest in being involved with the Romney-Ryan Election Day Task Force! Your help will be vital on Election Day. It will take up to 2 days to process you into our volunteer system, but we will be in touch with further information very soon.
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to e-mail me at Cfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much,
To keep this short, after four days of no further contact, I started trying to contact the campaign myself over the remaining days before the election. I tried the above email on 6 different occasions with no further replies. I tried calling 3 different victory centers, most of which went to voice mail, and some of those voice mail boxes were full. I spoke with “live” people twice, both of which said they’d get back to me. Neither did. I’m in AZ and I told them I could go to CO if necessary or help by making phone calls from home if they already had enough volunteers in CO. I also told them I could do anything else they need, just let me know. I NEVER HEARD BACK! It failed before it began.
I saw your post on Gravity yesterday and why they wouldn’t use that is beyond me. The private sector had the solution and Romney failed to use it. How ironic.
Tom in Arizona
The blame lies far higher than the Romney staffer in the above email but this is only the latest example of how Mitt Romney’s staff failed him at the least opportune time. Considering there were 37,000 volunteers for Project ORCA, if each person gotten people to the polls across Colorado, Ohio, Virginia and Florida we would be talking about President Romney today.