By Carol MacLennan
HANCOCK -- Volunteers are at the phones and in the neighborhoods to make sure Democrats get to the polls on Tuesday. Working from this past Friday evening until Tuesday at 8 p.m, about 80 volunteers are staffing over 130 four-hour shifts to get the work done, according to Brian Hoduski, Houghton County Democratic Party chair.
"We know that the last push to get out the vote (GOTV) increases the voter turnout by one to three percent," Hoduski said.
On Sunday, Nov. 6, volunteer John Carpenter, right, reports to Brian Hoduski, center, Houghton County Democratic Party chair, with his walk list, for the Get Out the Vote campaign. The list, explained Hoduski, identifies voters who don't often vote so volunteers can visit them with information. At left is Curtis Audette, State Rep. Scott Dianda's legislative director, who is discussing election day strategy with Hoduski. "We're just making sure there is no voter intimidation at the polls," Audette said.
The Democrats are actively calling and door-knocking for the Houghton County Commissioner contested races in County Districts 1, 2 and 5.
One volunteer at the phones noted, "We have a chance to turn around the County Commission Board this year. Our candidate for the second district, Valorie Troesch, has been going door-to-door for over a week to meet constituents."*
Despite a broken wrist, Carol MacLennan, right, author of this article, joins volunteers in the GOTV campaign. Also working at this table is Jan Burkhouse of Torch Lake Township. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)
Scott Dianda, State Representative for Michigan’s 110th District, has been out talking to citizens for several days on his own campaign and assisting Lon Johnson in his campaign for Congress and the local Democrats for County Commissioner seats.
*Editor's Note: Click here for our article on the Sept. 29, 2016, League of Women Voters of the Copper Country Candidate Forum for Houghton County candidates, including those in the contested races for County Commissioner. See also our article on County Commissioner Candidate Valorie Troesch's Oct. 29th "Meet and Greet" event in Franklin Township.