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Election 2008

October 29, 2008

Secretary of State Todd Rokita brings message to Wabash Valley

BRAZIL — With his state budget running low, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is turning to a more grassroots campaign-like attempt to inform Hoosiers about registering to vote and the election process.

On Wednesday, Rokita visited St. Vincent Clay Hospital, part of St. Vincent Health, which operates 17 hospitals in Indiana and is the state’s eighth-largest employer, said Jerry Laue, administrator at the Clay County hospital. St. Vincent Health has joined with the Secretary of State’s office to promote voter registration and election participation.

The hospital’s program is called “My Voice, My Vote.”

“It gave us a platform in this state, through our associates, to really get involved. We worked on getting our own staff to make sure they are registered voters as well as try to work through the community to heighten the awareness” of Tuesday’s election, Laue said.

Over the past six years, Rokita said his office has largely done voter outreach “in the broadcast sense,” using public service announcements, radio announcements and using major city buses, advertising both inside and out about the state’s requirement of a photo ID to vote.

“That was a lot of outreach that had never been done before, but this year we wanted to do what we call ‘Outreach 2.0,’ and that is get more grassroots about it,” Rokita said. “We know that the campaigns do their own grassroots effort, but there really hasn’t been a grassroots effort from the state. And with what little money we had left, because we are on fumes now in terms of our funding, we wanted to do grassroots, which is less intensive from a monetary standpoint.

“Where campaigns do [a] grassroots write to voters, well, so did we,” Rokita said. “Every newly registered voter this year got a postcard from the state. It didn’t tell you who to vote for, it talked to you about the [election] process. College students got specific e-mails. We used their college e-mail systems to reach them. In the future, I would like to do text messaging, use Cha-Cha; use all the options you see the campaigns using but at a state level to reduce costs,” Rokita said.

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