Photo essay: A day in the life of a ONE Vote organizer

Charlie Harris, our ONE Vote organizer for South Carolina, walks us through a typical day on the presidential campaign trail.

The campaign trail is an exciting place to work, especially when you are out talking about the fight against extreme poverty with voters, campaigns, and candidates. It is an immensely rewarding experience, though on some days, plenty of coffee is needed to make it through!

1. The alarm buzzes too early sometimes, but when you have a chance to get your ONE shirt on TV, sometimes you have to wake up before the chickens.

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2. And it’s worth it when you get to be behind the scenes on a show like “Morning Joe”

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3. Especially when guests like the one and only Stephen Colbert are on the show!

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4. You are always looking for a chance to talk with people, and photo Ops are great too! Me and ONE staffer Kim Smith with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski:

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5. You might run into press conferences with Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council and get to talk with him about ONE…

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6. Or you might see a former presidential candidate’s tour bus.

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7. You’ve always got to be ready to talk to candidates and elected officials, like the Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley

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8. Patience is the name of the game, waiting in line is always a good time to chat with folks, and of course check up on the Twitter feed

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9. You never know when and where a candidate might arrive, but it is fun to camp out with folks while you wait.

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10. You meet some unexpected folks, like Jim Bob Duggar stumping for Rick Santorum.

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11. Sometimes the toughest choices aren’t political. Don’t forget to eat in all of the excitement!

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12. After a long day it’s always worth it when you know you got to show the candidates that ONE members across the country care about these issues.

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13. And sometimes the work can get you into some cool places.

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When you finally make it home exhausted you know you may dread how early the alarm clock might buzz in the morning, but you know that when it does, you will be back out there making a difference for people around the world.

Keep up with Charlie’s adventures by following @Charlie_at_ONE on Twitter.

-Charlie Harris, ONE Vote 2012 Organizer, South Carolina