Days Before Election, Volunteers Push to Get Out the Vote

November 03, 2018 11:29 PM

Over the weekend, volunteers associated with various organizations across the Twin Cities made their final pleas to voters to get to the polls.

Some spent Saturday knocking on doors in North Minneapolis. Others helped voters get to Early Voting Centers across the city.


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As election day nears, the push to get out the vote is intensifying, says Elizer Darris with ACLU-Minnesota.

"We're trying to get more people engaged in the process and we're trying to make the tent larger," Darris said.

He helped organize a dozen volunteers who went door-to-door, trying to speak with likely voters. Many times during the canvas, the volunteers ended up leaving behind door hangers.

But Darris said a door-knocking campaign months earlier started the spark to participate in the election.

"We've gathered nearly a thousand individuals who said yes, we are going to pledge to vote," Darris said.

Those volunteers in North Minneapolis went out to make sure those people made good on their promises.

Early voting efforts extended far beyond North Minneapolis.

OutFront Minnesota, an advocacy organization for LGBTQ Minnesotans, hosted "Drag Out The Vote."

"We wanted to come together to show our voice and our power," said Jacob Thomas. "We have more than 100 people inside enjoying some delicious brunch and then we are busing them to the polls."

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