Democratic and Republican offices make last-minute push to sway voters across the Valley

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The phone lines keep ringing and fingers are busy dialing in the final hours before Election Day.

"I was just calling to see if you've filled your absentee ballot tonight," a volunteer on the phone said.

Everyone's picking up the pace.

"There's a lot of work still to be done, a lot of voters still to connect with," Fresno County Democratic Party chair Michael Evans said.

From the South Valley to the North Valley, local party leaders are summoning every volunteer they can find to launch one last attack, one last plea to voters, who haven't cast their ballot.

"We're working so hard, we set a record yesterday," Fresno County Republican Party chair Fred Vanderhoof said. "Over 3,000 phone calls this location, over 40,000 the last few weeks."

The local Republican office has dedicated most of its resources to phone banking and starting Tuesday morning, volunteers will also be sent to polling places.

"We find out who hasn't voted, give that information to the phone bank and they make the call," Vanderhoof said.

Local Democrats are choosing to remain on their feet the last 24 hours. Volunteers are walking door-to-door like they did during the primaries, urging people to come out.

"There is no question they get a few extra voters out to the poll," Evans said. "Everyone isn't excited about the election so sometimes they need a little push."

Both parties say their focus is on the mayoral race and while they hope for different outcomes, the emotions surround this election are often the same.

"There's a lot of excitement, a lot of people that have come out to vote that have given up," Vanderhoof said.

"Most people have probably made up their minds," Evans explained. "But we still want to make sure everybody's still encouraged to get out and actually vote."
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