Eve of election finds both political parties still busy

Eve of election finds both political parties still busy

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 6, 2012 at 12:52 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The final night of campaigning found both political parties in Charlotte still working phone banks, trying to mine each and every last voter.

"I'm reminding them to vote," said Democratic volunteer Caroline Harkleroad, who was working a phone bank at headquarters.

All of the volunteers know it has been a long election cycle and most everyone they are calling is probably tired of it all.

"Oh Yes. I'm really nice and I encourage them to vote no matter what party they support," said Harkleroad.

At a Republican phone bank, the scene was much the same. Volunteers know they probably aren't going to change anyone's mind now.

"We are trying really to just encourage them to get out and vote," said volunteer Mary Simpson.

And they also acknowledged that most of the people they are calling just want it all to be over.

"I think everyone does. Everyone is tired of it. I mean I understand that," said Simpson.

In uptown, the NAACP held a rally where leaders pledged to do all that could be done to ensure there would be no attempts to intimidate voters on election day.

The President of the North Carolina chapter, Rev. Dr. William Barber said, "I never thought, being born in 1963, that I would see some of the things that I see today. I thought my father and them fought those battles."

Rev. Barber said there have been cases where electioneering buffer zones around polling places have been breached and voters approached, and in some cases, berated with profanity.

If that happens on election day, Rev. Barber had some advice.

"First they should talk to the board of elections. The board of elections has the authority to call law enforcement and it is a felony," he said.

The NAACP has set up a hotline that anyone can call to report efforts to intimidate. That number is 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

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