NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — With so much attention on the presidential election, voter turnout is expected to be high. Volunteers gathered in the city’s OIC facility are trying to reach those who won’t make it. Many are now calling potential voters.
“We’d like for you to make sure you get out and vote,” said one volunteer on the phone, who is with the NAACP, which set up shop in 5 cities around the state.
We asked NAACP volunteer John Perrson about who he believes might not go to the polls unless they get a call from his group. “There are certain neighborhoods in different areas where people are not getting out to the polls,” said Perrson.
The non-partisan group said transportation is the biggest issue and it will have volunteers who will drive voters to the polls Tuesday.
Republican representative John Scott, who is running against democratic challenger Christine Conley, is hoping to drive up voter turnout by two wheeling it in his 40th district.
“I think people have already made their decision and are ready to go out, and so I’m just reminding them by putting my palm card on their mailboxes today,” said Rep. Scott who took a break from riding his bike through several neighborhoods.
Tim Bowles manned the phones at Groton’s democratic headquarters. “Just calling up folks and asking for your consideration and support when you go to the polls tomorrow,” Bowles tells a potential voter over the phone. He is running for the 18th district senatorial seat.
“Unaffiliated voters typically and in this election carry a lot of weight,” said Bowles.
His republican opponent Heather Somers is pounding the pavement in Pawcatuck.
“We’re doing everything we can to get the message out it’s really important to vote,” said Somers. “Especially with all the noise I call it of the Washington election.”
Republicans, democrats, and those who are unaffiliated may expect to get a last minute call, knock at the door, or offer for a ride to the polls. NAACP volunteers will even bring you a chair.
“If some elderly people or anyone needs to be able to have a seat while their in line and if it’s a long wait we have that in place for them,” said Perrson.
NAACP volunteers started their day at noon Monday but Tuesday they’ll be back at it at 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. to get out that vote. If you need a ride, you can call them in New London at 860-439-1423.