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Volunteers up early to get final voters to polls

(Sandra Gonzalez / KSNV News 3)
(Sandra Gonzalez / KSNV News 3)
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Updated: 11/08/2012 6:02 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) --The final hours to get out the vote began before the sun came up on Election Day. Some of the highly targeted voters were Latinos who had not voted early.

Mi Familia Vota, a non-partisan organization dedicated to getting Hispanics to vote was ready to take people to the polls as early as 6:30 this morning. Volunteers were on hand all day long picking up dozens of voters who needed rides to vote.

“Some people we try to convince them and they say ‘Oh I don't have time’ or ‘Oh I forgot’, you know the most common thing they say. That's why we're here for them, to push them, to remind, that's what we do,” said Sharon Sandoval.

Phone banks were busy with volunteers taking calls from people in Nevada and California to help them locate their polling place, as well as volunteers reminding those who didn’t vote early to get to the polls before 7p.m. Tuesday night.

Nevada has been the focus of candidates seeking the Latino vote, which has been highly sought in Clark County.

“And this year in 2012 our community is paying attention. We are no longer the sleeping giant. We are ready to take center stage and we are ready to choose the president; we are ready to choose the power of the U.S. Senate and we are ready to elect the elected officials from the school board on up to the State Senate,” said Leo Murrieta, Nevada State Director of Mi Familia Vota.

Meanwhile, Las Vegas offices for Obama for America were also very busy trying to make sure those who didn’t vote early made it to the polls before they closed.

Tables were lined with piles of door fliers to hand out, and people were busy working the phones to remind people it’s Election Day and helping them find their polling place.

“It comes down to voting and that's what we're doing today. Our volunteers are out there in the community reminding people how important it is to vote. Nevadans are going to decide this election,” said David Beltran, Press Secretary for Obama for America Nevada.

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