Monday, November 26, 2007

Mail in ballots changing Calif campaign strategy

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While the 2008 presidential candidates are camped out almost full time in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, their campaign strategists are quietly zeroing in on a huge treasure trove of votes: the ever-growing roster of Californians who cast their ballots by mail.

By the November 2006 election, nearly 4 million California voters had signed up to be "permanent absentee voters" – meaning they automatically receive a ballot in the mail.

That exceeds all the voters in Iowa and New Hampshire combined by more than 1 million.

"It's not lost on us how many of these people are going to cast ballots before these other elections even happen," said Mike DuHaime, national campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, a former mayor of New York.