Colorado volunteers get a chance to meet Obama

Voter registration is over, but the Obama campaign is still looking for leagues of volunteers to hit the streets and work the phones in the battleground of Colorado, and they announced today that those giving their free time to the campaign will be entered in a drawing to meet the candidate.

According to a campaign release, Obama supporters who volunteer to knock on at least 50 doors or to make at least 70 calls — before Oct. 20 — will be entered in a drawing to win personal face time with Obama:

The race is incredibly close in our state, and we have a chance to win if every one of us volunteers just a few hours every week to knock on doors and call undecided voters.

It’s not always glamorous work, but it’s hands down the most effective way to grow this movement for change.

Eight volunteer names will be drawn on Oct. 20 to meet Obama the next time he travels to Colorado.

According to Stephanie Mueller, spokesperson for the campaign in Colorado, the Oct. 20th date is meant to coincide with the start of early voting, and will also be used to encourage voters to send in their mail-in ballots no later than Oct. 31.

The Obama camp in the state held a similar contest before, when a volunteer who knocked on the most doors was able to meet the candidate, but Mueller says the current qualifications are more broad and give more people a chance to win.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at

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