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Getting Out the Vote

SCRANTON — Election Day is Tuesday, and the candidates are scrambling to cover as much ground as possible before then.

Former president Bill Clinton is scheduled to stop in Scranton Monday to stump for President Obama, while Republican candidate Mitt Romney stopped in Bucks County Sunday.

Pennsylvania is all of a sudden a key to the Romney and Obama campaigns.

The countdown to Election Day is on and volunteers at Mitt Romney`s campaign headquarters on North Washington Avenue in Scranton hit the phones.

As Mitt Romney and Barack Obama battle it out for the White House, campaign workers are trying to get voters to the polls on Tuesday.

Angela Sculti left New York and power outages from Hurricane Sandy to volunteer at Romney’s headquarters.

“We need to change the tenor of the country. It`s time. No more hope and change, it`s just time for change,” said volunteer Angela Sculti of New York. “We really believe, the Republican Committee, really believes that we can do Pennsylvania this year and I`m here because I believe that.”

Pennsylvania is back to being a battleground state.

In the last week, the candidates and their supporters have flooded the airwaves with ads after months of nothing.

With a last-minute push, Obama campaign workers were also busy manning their election headquarters on Wyoming Avenue and even hitting the streets.

Volunteer Fred Bresser planned to knock on more than 150 doors in the Hill Section of Scranton.

“Well it`s numbers. It`s all about getting people to the polls,” said volunteer Fred Bresser of Scranton. “Me personally, I’m an Obama supporter, and have been. It would drive me crazy if Mitt Romney got in.”

Mike Yourkowski said he plans to cast his vote for Obama.

“Yes definitely. I`ll be there Tuesday morning. There is a big difference. Yeah sure, it means a lot to get a Democrat in there for me,” said Yourkowski.

Even organizations not affiliated with either candidate took the opportunity to spread their message, getting information to voters before they hit the polls on Tuesday.

Volunteers with a pro-life organization put fliers on cars, touting candidate’s positions on various issues.

“We do this on the Sunday before Election Day every year, just to get the word out so people will be aware,” said Joan Holmes, a volunteer with Pennsylvanians for Human Life. “A lot of folks don’t exactly know what the position is of different candidates, so we’re just giving their position.”

Whether voters have their minds made up or not, it all comes down to the ballots cast on Tuesday.  

“I think democracy is important and I think just people’s voice and making sure their voice does count,” added Bresser.

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.


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