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If there really are still 30% of people undecided, they will either day, so why bother , which would be bad, I think, higher turnout would certainly help red-green, but definitely hurt the extremists (left and far-right) who usually have a stronger GOTV drive.

Interesting thought really, is there something  like the GOTV in Germany? I never came across it, while living there.

Do you know, Saturday?

by PeWi on Thu Sep 15th, 2005 at 06:22:13 AM EST
higher turnout

I have not come across any numbers predictiv this year's voter turnout, but I would guess it will be within the average of the last two decades (roughly 75-80 %). Fear of extremists (in Germany, understandably, first of all fear of rightist extremists), has been largely absent - no matter if high or low voter turnout. Which is, by the way, a success that has to be ascribed to the Left Party. (A topic I really want to elaborate on; maybe tomorrow)

is there something  like the GOTV in Germany?

Not like in, say, the US. Simply because there is not the necessity. In the US, you have weak party organisations and low voter turnout, so distinct GOTV actions and organisations become necessary. In Germany with its strong party organisations, GOTV happens along the line of party membership (party members bringing the family to the ballot box, making shuttle services for old people's homes etc). But it is not being called "get out the vote", and there is not a special word for it, at least as far as I know.

by Saturday (geckes(at)gmx.net) on Thu Sep 15th, 2005 at 07:35:28 AM EST
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During the last elections, the losing right-wing government accused the Socialists here in Hungary of practising GOTV the US Democrat way. I'm not sure why, but that was supposed to be borderline illegal. (However, the claims were groundless, stemming from paranoia: the Socialists hired a US Democrat spinmeister, and our right-wing copiers of Rove's methods thought others do the same.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Sep 15th, 2005 at 09:12:44 AM EST
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