Get Out the Vote Efforts in High Gear

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

November 6, 2006

On election eve both republicans and democrats are focused on turning out voters.

Republicans and democrats pushed their get out the vote efforts to full throttle today hoping this last minute igniting of voter's engines will get their party candidates elected tomorrow.

“I’m just calling to remind you and your husband that tomorrow is the big day for casting the vote,” said a volunteer at Albemarle County Republican headquarters.

Both at republican and at democratic headquarters dozens of volunteers manned the phones trying to shore up support for their party candidates as this race draws to a close.

“We know its going to be close election and every vote is very important,” said a volunteer.

With the Virginia senate race neck in neck every voter these volunteers can turn out could make a difference.

“Recently Albemarle started trending democratic and that is a very exciting trend for us and we are doing every thing we can to make sure that continues this election. Charlottesville is just as important because it’s historically democratic and we try to squeeze every vote we can out of Charlottesville,” said Mike Signor, heading the Get Out the Vote campaign for Webb for Senate.

Both republicans and democrats have been studying local voters making strategic calls tonight, many to independents trying to incite them to vote for their candidate. Later tonight GOP and democratic foot soldiers will be marching battlegrounds firing out their message door to door.

“The more people who participate in the system the better regardless of who wins, the more votes there are the better the election is,” said Christian Schoenwald, Vice Chairman of the Albemarle County Republican Committee.

Volunteers hope this extra push will get voters out tomorrow.

The polls are open tomorrow from six in the morning until seven in the evening.

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