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Public can sign up to watch Obama’s speech

Members of the public can now sign up for the chance to hear President Barack Obama speak during the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Organizers plan to make “tens of thousands” of community credentials available for the Sept. 6 speech at Bank of America Stadium, said Joanne Peters, DNC committee press secretary. The majority of the credentials will be issued to people who live in North Carolina and some surrounding states, she said.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are due to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination during the speech at the football stadium.

People can apply for a community credential at barackobama.com/community-credentials. Applicants must give their name, email address, phone number and zip code. Anyone who signs up will get more information about the next steps in the credentialing process from the Obama campaign operation in their state, Peters said.

Anyone given a credential must arrange their own lodging and travel, according to the website.

Organizers are touting the credentialing process as a way to let people witness history, and another effort they’re using to make the convention more accessible.

“The 2012 Democratic National convention will define the election as a choice between two very different paths for our nation,” 2012 Democratic Convention Chair and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a news release. “The President will lay out his vision for an economy built to last: that if you work hard and act responsibly, you should be able to find and keep a good job with decent wages and good benefits, retire securely and leave your kids a little better off. And you can be there to hear it.”

Bank of America Stadium holds about 74,000 people. Peters said officials are still working to determine how many people will be admitted for the nomination speeches.

In a news release, organizers said anyone who received credentials to attend DNC events on Sept. 4 and 5 -- the first two days of the convention -- will be admitted to the speeches at the football stadium. In addition, Obama campaign officials announced last month that any non-delegate who volunteered at least three shifts over nine hours before Aug. 18 would be guaranteed entry for the Sept. 6 event.

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