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Unformatted text preview: co n s id e r a s vo tin g is co mp u ls o ry fo r citiz e n s o ve r 1 8 ye a rs o f a g e . " W e in th e US, w e s p e n d a lo t o f time g e ttin g p e o p le o u t to vo te ; fo r yo u , th a t's n o t a n is s u e . W e s p e n d a lo t o f time re g is te rin g p e o p le . Ag a in yo u d o n 't h a ve to w o rry a b o u t th a t," h e s a id . O n e o f th e ma in s o u rce s o f d a ta th a t th e O b a ma ca mp a ig n u s e d w a s th e vo te r d a ta b a s e th a t h a s th e n a me , a d d re s s , d a te o f b irth , a n d e th n icity o f e ve ry vo te r, a s w e ll a s w h e th e r th e y h a ve vo te d o r n o t in e a ch e le ctio n . It w a s n o t th e o n ly s o u rce o f d a ta , h o w e ve r. Gh a n i s a id th a t 9 0 p e rce n t o f th e d a ta u s e d b y th e ca mp a ig n w a s o b ta in e d b y vo lu n te e rs ca llin g a n d d o o r-kn o ckin g re s id e n ce s a cro s s th e US a n d a s kin g th e m w h e th e r th e y in te n d to vo te , a n d w h o th e y w e re p la n n in g to vo te fo r. Bu t th a t re q u ire d millio n s o f vo lu n te e rs w o rkin g o n th e ca mp a ig n a n d th e s ca le o f th e ca mp a ig n w o u ld b e ve ry d iffe re n t to a n yth in g P rime Min is te r Ju lia Gilla rd o r O p p o s itio n le a d e r To n y Ab b o tt co u ld o rg a n is e in Au s tra lia , g ive n th e ma s s ive p o p u la tio n d iffe re n ce b e tw e e n Au s tra lia a n d th e US. " W e h a d millio n s o f p e o p le g o in g d o o r to d o o r, ma kin g p h o n e ca lls , a n d p e rs u a d in g [p e o p le ] to g e t o u t to vo te . Yo u d o n 't h a ve th a t s iz e h e re ." He s a id th e Au s tra lia n p o litica l p a rtie s a ls o h a d a cce s s to va s t a mo u n ts o f in fo rma tio n a b o u t th e vo te rs , in clu d in g p o llin g d a ta th a t is o u t th e re a lre a d y, a n d th is co u ld b e u s e d to b e tte r d e te rmin e w h ich vo te rs i...
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