Campaigns Go Door to Door to Get Out The Vote
Lynchburg, VA - There are just 37 days until the election and campaigns are out in force trying to get your voice, your vote.
Campaigns use all sorts of methods to reach voters. They use anything from TV ads, to rallies, to phone calls. But maybe the most personal way for a campaign to reach voters is by going to them, but this can be hard work. Knocking on doors is the easy part, but it's tougher getting someone to answer.
While it may be difficult, campaigns say going door to door adds a personal touch to interacting with voters.
Day after day, and door after door, campaigns across the country knock thousands of times to talk to voters. However, all too often knocks go unanswered.
Ryan Woloshin is a volunteer for the Lynchburg Chapter of "Organizing for America" for the Obama Campaign.
"Doing canvases like this make sure people are registered to vote, that they know when the elections are, that they are going to go vote and actually decide who is going to be running the country for them," said Woloshin.
In the final stretch of the presidential campaign, Woloshin says they have turned their focus from persuading voters, to getting out the vote.
"It's a representative democracy and if only 35% or 40% of the people vote, that's not really representative is it," said Woloshin.
When the door is answered, campaigns take the opportunity to gauge the person's level of support.
"We wanted to make sure you were going to come out and vote in November, asked Woloshin.
"Oh I always Vote," answered Carolyn Hooper, when Woloshin knocked on her door.
Of course campaigns love finding support for their candidate, but even more so they love finding an undecided voter.
"Who are you going to be supporting this fall," asked Woloshin.
"I don't know yet," responded Hooper.
The campaign looks at this as an opportunity presented to gain a voter, but Carolyn Hopper says she knows campaign volunteers will only give you their side of things. She also added that she can appreciate their effort.
"I think these guys are great for coming out," said Hooper.
Other times, the person behind the door may have already made up their mind.
"Will you be voting for The President and Governor Kaine," asked Woloshin as he knocked on another door.
"No I won't," responded the resident.
Woloshin says he is just happy they will vote.
" I think you should absolutely vote, there is no reason why you shouldn't vote if you are over the age of 18. I will drive you to the poll even if you're going to vote for Romney. I think every person should be allowed to vote," said Woloshin.
We also stopped by the Republicans Lynchburg Victory Center on Sunday, and found out they were also going door to door encouraging people to vote, however we were not allowed to tag along with them.
They did say that nationwide they've knocked on 15 times more doors than at this point in the 2008 campaign.