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NC Votes is a grassroots activist group dedicated to mobilizing new voters to defeat Bush, primarily targeting people who did not vote in 2000 but would likely vote for a Democrat in 2004. Its volunteers knock on doors, talk to people about the real issues in the election--unemployment, healthcare, etc. --and encourage them to vote and register them if necessary.

"It makes me feel good to be part of a group that's doing something good, instead of just complaining," says Michele McIntosh, one of the organizers. "And a lot of other people feel the same thing."

The group's next meeting is Feb. 15, and its next canvass is Feb. 21. If you'd like to help organize, raise money or, especially, canvass, call McIntosh at 855-9393.

In Durham County, citizens may register to vote, make changes in registration or obtain a mail-in registration form at the following locations:

Board of Elections: 706 W Corporation St.
Board of Elections website: http://www.co.durham.nc.us/common/db-dept.cfm?ID=2
Durham County Public Library
Driver's license offices
Public assistance agencies
Public high schools
Armed Forces recruitment offices
Customer Service Desk at Northgate Mall

Or go to the Board of Elections website at http://www.co.durham.nc.us/common/db-dept.cfm?ID=2

All voter registration forms must be at the election office 25 days prior to the election. Upcoming elections include the presidential primary on May 4 and the presidential elections on Nov. 2.

Wesley Clark, Monday, Feb. 2, www.clark2004.meetup.com

Howard Dean, Wednesday, Feb. 4, www.dean2004.meetup.com

Dennis Kucinich, Thursday, Feb. 5, www.kucinich2004.meetup.com

John Kerry, Thursday, Feb. 5, www.kerry2004.meetup.com

John Edwards, Tuesday, Feb. 24, www.edwards2004.meetup.com

All meetings at 7 p.m.; locations are sent after signing up for each candidate's meetup.

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