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Campaign Volunteers Work Hard To Get The Message Out To Vote On Election Day

Posted November 5, 2000

— It is campaign crunch time, and volunteers are hard at work, making phone calls and putting up signs. From the presidential race to the county commissioners' race, Tuesday could bring one of the closest elections in years.

Campaign volunteers are working to push the voters' buttons. They are making sure to get the message out to vote.

"I figured getting involved, especially now during the campaign season, I could learn a lot and it's been really exciting," says volunteer Joy Ganes.

Volunteers are making the most of the last few hours before the polls open. They are often the core of any campaign. Mike Tove has been giving his time since early September. For him, the elections are personal.

"What happens to me tomorrow, next week, next year, four or five years ago is directly affected by the results of this election," he says. "You do whatever's necessary. You've got to get in there and roll up your sleeves. One minute you're on the phones, the next minute you're driving someone to the polls."

Large campaigns usually have hundreds of volunteers, but the smaller, local candidates sometimes only have a few dozen. Candidates rely on volunteers for financial reasons, but also because they often provide the passion in the political process.

Victoria Peterson has been volunteering for 20 years. She says it simply comes from a sense of duty and a strong sense of community involvement.

"I'm excited. the adrenaline is high. I'm just very excited," she says. "If we don't have good leadership, people complain, and that's not good."

The volunteers will be out early Tuesday morning driving everyone to the polls and hoping to get any of those undecided voters to vote for their candidate.

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