Volunteers' Jobs Far From Over

By: Lauren Zakalik
By: Lauren Zakalik

At the Democrat volunteer hub in Lansing and the Republican volunteer center in East Lansing, the calls the volunteers are making may sound different but the messages are similar.

"Every vote counts, they need to know that," says Ron Hicks, a volunteer for the Democratic cause.

Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land estimates 3.4 million residents will vote Tuesday. But these volunteers aren't taking any chances.

"Right now we're making phone calls, going door to door, making sure people free up some time and get the vote out," says Republican volunteer and MSU student Jeff Wiggins.

The volunteers are making lists and checking them twice, leaving no voter unturned. And if voters don't have rides to the polls, that's not a problem either.

"The campaign will be providing rides," Hicks says.

"I've let all my members know I'll be able to drive people to the polls if they need," Wiggins adds.

Daytime is slower for both the Republican and Democratic volunteer bases. But by the evening, each group says they'll have between 50 and 60 people making calls, going door to door and handing out literature. They agree on one thing: A quick call before Election Day does wonders for voter turnout.

"A lot of people get busy in their day to day life, and if they just get a call reminding them to vote right before the day, they're more likely to go out and do it," says Linda Schmidt, another Democrat volunteer.

With the candidates flitting from city to city in their last attempt to win their seats, they're trusting the volunteers to push the vote and make a difference.

"People have a right to decide who can get Michigan out of this hole," Wiggins says.

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