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Nov 2, 2012 9:39 PM by Erika Flores

Volunteers of all ages working to get people to the polls

TUCSON - There are about half million eligible voters in Pima County and more than half of early voting ballots have been turned in.

But for those who are still hanging on to that ballot or waiting until Election Day to vote, expect a phone call or two from volunteers like 14-year-old Jesse Ormand.

At the tender age of 14, Jesse Ormand has already been politically active for two years.

"This is the lab. This is where I get to apply my skills in the real world," he said.

He uses his youthful voice to get adults out to vote.

"Several times I've been called ma'am," he said. "I just keep rolling with it."

Some of the other volunteers at this Republican phone bank are more than four times his age.

"It's pretty simple. I've gotten good at it," said Ormand. "It's just a shot at planning some seeds."

But while trying to plant those seeds, "Yes. A lot a lot of hang ups."

At the Democratic Headquarters Anna Branch-Gilby tried her hand at Spanish.

"Un poco de espanol," she responded when asked if she speaks Spanish.

"The two most effective ways of getting out the vote is by canvassing--knocking on doors talking to people and talking to people on the phone," said Wendy Savalas, Executive Director at the Democratic Headquarters.

The Republican party agreed.

"People are getting really excited for these last couple of days. They've been here making phone calls from 10 in the morning to sometimes as late as 7 or 8 o'clock at night," said Carolyn Cox with the Pima County Republican Party.

Early voting ballots need to be in by Election Day.

If you haven't mailed in yours already, the election's department suggests waiting until election day and dropping it off at any Pima County polling sites.


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