Local Volunteers Play Crucial Role in Elections
Hundreds of volunteers hit the metro to encourage voting
Volunteers encourage voters to get to the polls Video by kmtv.comvideo
The phone lines are buzzing at campaign offices around the metro. Brian Kruse has made nearly 4,000 phone calls himself. Kruse says, "It makes me feel like I'm doing my part and really getting involved in the process." Hundreds have signed up to volunteer. Some started months ago long before the races were down to the wire.
Vicki Pratt says, "It's winding down only on date wise. The work is still here. We're still getting voters to the polls. And so for us it's probably the busiest time right now." President Obama and Mitt Romney spent the day criss crossing key battleground states while local candidates and their volunteers went door to door - pressing the flesh - pushing toward Tuesday.
Kruse says, "You might knock on a few hundred doors or make a few hundred phone calls but you know this election could be decided by a very-very narrow margin. A very few people." In many parts of the country, early voting numbers have already broke records, a clear sign the issues and passion run deep. for volunteers, the long hours of knocking and dialing are worth it - making sure human contact persuades those on the other end to vote. Pratt says, "It makes it more real for them. It makes it more that "Oh, this is urgent. I do need to get to the polls' and sometimes they have questions about the issues."
Brandon Petersen says, "Sometimes people think that we're just going to go out and sit on a soap box and say this is what we think. Really we're having a conversation. We're really trying to help voters distinguish what their preference is."