Organization goes door-to-door to engage Valley voters

FRESNO, Calif.

More than a dozen volunteers with "Communities For A New California" went door to door in Fresno Saturday encouraging people to register to vote and talking to them about the state's budget crisis.

The organization targeted lower income neighborhoods where voter turnout is traditionally low.

Volunteers say they want people to know how budget cuts will impact them and then, get them engaged in the democratic process.

"In general, a lot of people are usually really responsive. First thing they think we're trying to do is sell them something, so they're like, standoff-ish... but once they realize we're just trying to educate them about the budget cuts and register them to vote, they're pretty responsive," Simone Whalen-Rhodes said.

In all, more than 80 people fanned out over a four county area that included Fresno, Tulare, Kern and Kings Counties.

They'll continue going door to door for the next three weeks.

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