Democrats and Republicans: Calling All Voters

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Election Day is mere hours away and both parties are making last minute calls to voters reminding them to vote. WOSU visited a couple of call centers and has this story.

Four or five men and women sit at computers with cell phones to their ears just like Harish Shivde.

“Hi, I’m a volunteer with the ODP calling for Donna. Are you voting tomorrow for Governor Strickland and Mary Jo Kilroy. You already voted? That’s wonderful.”

They’re at a small office on North High Street and are making calls to people who in the past have voted a democratic ticket.

With Ohio’s gubernatorial race neck and neck, and experts saying this is the year of the GOP, both parties are pulling out all stops to get their voters to the polls.

Ohio Democratic volunteer Samantha Sekar is taking a break from making phone calls. Sekar attributes Governor Ted Strickland’s gain in the polls – behind 17 percent at one point to Republican John Kasich – to volunteer phone calls.

Democrats have about a million more registered voters than Republicans in Ohio, and Sekar said volunteers are focusing on getting them to vote.

“We just need to make sure we get as big of a percent of that one million people out,” Sekar said.

“Hi my name is Sean and I’m a volunteer with the Ohio Republican Party. I’m calling to ask if any of our candidates, John Kasich, Rob Portman or Steve Stivers can count on your vote tomorrow.”

Sean O’Donnell’s sit in a small room with about eight other people on Dublin Road. He said it’s critical to remind voters the election is here.

“Every now and then you’ll get someone who just kind of, you can tell by the sound of their voice they just seem kind of nonchalant about it. And then you’ll get someone who’s fired up. Oh, yeah, we voted three months ago, early. So it’s all kinds,” O’Donnell said.

So far in Franklin County, more than 134,000 people have voted early. The Board of Elections projects 50 percent of voters will cast ballots.