As election looms, both parties focus on NC voter turnout

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The hours until Election Day are dwindling. That means both Democrats and Republicans are upping their ground game.

CBS North Carolina caught up with both campaigns in Raleigh Sunday and their strategies are actually the same: convince as many people as possible that their vote counts.

“This weekend in particular we’re focusing on phone banking, making sure we reach out to those who have not yet voted, making sure that they are going to vote on Tuesday, and making sure they have a ride to the polls,” said Sarah Miller, a volunteer for the Democratic Party of North Carolina.

In the last hours before Election Day they’re setting their sights on Democrats who may not be so passionate about this election’s ticket.

“Certainly information has been released over the last week,” acknowledged Miller.

With early voting finished, hundreds of volunteers around Raleigh are taking their last chance to knock on doors and phone potential voters.

“North Carolina’s critical to this election. We could ultimately be the deciding factor in this election,” Miller said.

Republicans are feeling the heat too.

“This is the first time that the state of North Carolina has been a swing state. It’s a very historic opportunity and event for our state,” said Elizabeth Drake, a Republican volunteer.

Drake is originally from Raleigh, but came all the way from her new home in Texas to help out, “Until my voice is gone, haha!” she said.

Republicans are also targeting what they call low propensity voters — those who need a nudge to get out on the big day. And, just like Democrats they’ll be making calls and visiting homes until 7:30 Tuesday night when their time is up.

“We need them to get out and vote,” said Drake.

“We want to make sure that everybody is getting out to the polls,” said Miller.

Polls open Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. If you are in line by 7:30 you will be able to vote.

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