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News Clipping: Campaign workers pounding streets to get voters to polls

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The nation’s most expensive Senate campaign race is down to the wire, with polls opening across North Carolina for the 2014 mid-term election Tuesday morning.

Experts say the Senate race between Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis, and Sean Haugh increased early voter turnout. New numbers show nearly 200,000 more voters cast their ballots before election day compared to the election four years ago.

The candidates are also hoping for a high voter turnout on Tuesday.

On Monday, partisan and non-partisan groups were on the ground going door-to-door handing out leaflets and urging people who haven’t already cast ballots to do so on Election Day.

“We’re just making sure that they’re prepared for when they go to the poll place,” said Monica Massamba, with the non-partisan group North Carolina League of Conservation.

Canvassers believe ground work will get those few extra votes needed to ensure a victory.

“That’s when you actually get to see the constituents, and go to see all the people that are affected by the laws that are being made,” said Massamba.

For Sarona Bedwan, getting people educated about voting is a privilege she takes seriously.

“As a Palestinian, knowing about people trying to prevent you from doing the things that you need to do, it’s motivating,” she said.

Bedwan has been working with the North Carolina League of Conservation voters since September. In the last two months, she’s covered Gastonia, Mooresville, Statesville and Charlotte.

Her group uses tablets to track voters and map their walks. With the thousands of door knocks and steps, Bedwan and her team believe they’re making a difference.

“Building relationships – it’s hard and tedious work – but it’s really worthwhile,” Bedwan said.

Canvassers say they will continue knocking on doors until about 8 p.m. Monday.

 

Meet Our Charlotte Team: Brandy

Where are you from, Brandy?Brandy
A combination of North Carolina and Washington D.C.

Have you done canvassing before?
Yes!

Why do you think voting is important?
It is the way to let your voice be heard.

Why aren’t people, especially from the Rising American Electorate (RAE), not registered to vote and/or voting?
They think their vote doesn’t count. This is usually because they identify with demographics that are often marginalized.

What can we do to get all voices here in North Carolina?
Register all eligible NC residents to vote and help them understand the importance

What is the best statement you’ve heard while  out canvassing?
“Keep it up! You’re doing great work.”

Meet Our Charlotte Team: Demarcus

Where are you from, Demarcus?Demarcus
Right here in Charlotte, NC

Have you done canvassing before?
Yes

Why do you think voting is important?
Because it gives us a voice in our society

Why aren’t people, especially from the Rising American Electorate (RAE), not registered to vote and/or voting?
Most people think politicians don’t tell the truth.

What can we do to get all voices here in North Carolina?
Educate our citizens!

What is the best statement you’ve heard while  out canvassing?
“Voting does not matter.”

Meet our Charlotte canvassers: Erin

Where are you from, Erin?Erin
From the other side of the country: California

Have you done canvassing before?
No

Why do you think voting is important?
It’s important for your voice to be heard and to be accounted for as a citizen of the United States.

What can we do to get all voices heard in North Carolina?
I think we need to emphasize ways for individual citizens to speak about their own truths and concerns, perhaps through television ads, similar to what politicians do in their own commercials against their opponents.

What is the best statement you’ve heard while out canvassing?
“I love what you guys are doing.”
“I wish more people were educated about voting…keep up the great work!”

Meet our Charlotte canvassing team: Shaun

Where are you from, Shaun?Shaun
I was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but I grew up in both Charlotte and Miami, FL.

Have you done canvassing before?
No, I have not.

Why do you think voting is important?
Voting is important because many people died attempting to vote. By voting, we become a part of democracy and honor those who have sacrificed so much.

Why can we do to get all voices heard in North Carolina?
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) is the most efficient and fastest way to reach every voice in the state of North Carolina.

What is the best statement you’ve heard while out canvassing?
“I am really grateful you are doing this!” – said by someone who initially rejected my advances. Also, “I can vote again, woo-hoo!” after telling a convicted felon his rights had been restored.

Meet our Charlotte canvassers: Harold

Where are you from, Harold?Harold
Boca Raton, Florida

Have you done canvassing before?
No, this is my first time.

Why do you think voting is important?
Voting gives us a voice and allows us to make it heard.

What can we do to get all voices heard in North Carolina?
We need to educate people about the benefits of voting

What is the best statement you’ve heard while out canvassing?
“Keep up the good work.”

Meet our Charlotte canvassing team: Benneilla

Where are you from, Benneilla?Willis.Benneilla
I’m originally from Jamaica.

Have you done canvassing before?
Yes

Why do you think voting is important?
Voting is important so voices can be heard.

What can we do to get all voices heard in North Carolina?
We can work to educate more people individually as well as collectively.

What is the best statement you’ve heard while out canvassing?
“Thanks for doing a great job of making sure people are aware of the politics in the environment and making it possible for people to get our and vote.”

Meet Our Raleigh Team: Earl

Where are you from, Earl?Earl
Born and raised in Raleigh

Have you done canvassing before?
I have not, but I love it!

Why do you think people should vote?
I have a lot of friends who are not eligible to vote due to decisions they made early in their lives. I really want people who are eligible to exercise that right. It’s one of the only ways to get your voice heard on both the state and national level. We have an opportunity to make a decision for our government, and this is especially important on the local level.

Why do you think people don’t vote?
I think too many people don’t have the right information on how to register or how to vote, or they don’t have the ability to access that information. Others don’t feel like their vote is going to help or that it isn’t important.

Meet Our Raleigh Team: Mia

Where are you from, Mia?Mia
Washington D.C. originally but I’ve been in Raleigh on and off for the last ten years

Have you canvassed before?
Not formally. When I was in D.C., my father worked on Capitol Hill, so I did spend time up there, volunteering and speaking on behalf of causes close to my heart (namely issues around early education and children).

Why should people vote?
If you don’t vote, you can’t complain, especially when it comes to  social issues.

So, why do you think people – especially those of the Rising American Electorate – aren’t voting?
I think that people are losing hope and faith in our government leaders. Sadly, there seems to be more fighting amongst themselves than actual legislation passed benefiting the American people.

Meet Our Raleigh Team: Mark

Where are you from, Mark?
High Point

Have you done canvassing before?Mark
Yes, during the 2008 General Election

Why do you think people should vote?
People should vote because it’s a right, not a privilege. Our country has designed a system where we get to choose who are our leaders.

So, why do you think people choose not to vote?
Some people tend to see the government as a system rather than feeling a part of the process. Issues that affect our lives – especially for young people – like a bad economy, student loans, can impact how people view the political process. I want to help change the perception that our government is a separate system but rather our government is the outcome of the values we – as voters – want to be reflected in the decisions they make.