Campaigns Make Final Push For Voters
The 2018 general election is three days away, which means it's crunch time for many political campaigns.
The 2018 general election is three days away, and that means all hands are on deck for political campaigns looking for possible edges in their races.
Executive Director for the Washoe County Democratic Party, Denise Lopez, says there are first-time canvassers volunteering this weekend, which highlights the engagement the party has seen in this election.
"In 2016 there was a lot of energy," Lopez says. "In 2018, a mid-term year, we're seeing so many people engaging, so many people coming to the office for the first time."
Ted Pratt was one of those first-time canvassers, who says he's participated in rallies before, but never volunteered like this.
"I've had my door knocked on several times," Pratt says. "And it was impressive to see the young people that would come to the door and actually do that. It's a difficult thing to do."
Lopez says the average volunteer knocks on about 50 doors, and that takes about an hour or two depending on how many, or how few people answer their doors. Lopez has been participating in campaigns since 2012, and says when you go knocking on hundreds of doors, you'll get different experiences.
"You see everything at the doors," Lopez says. "You see people that are happy or excited to see a fellow Democrat knocking doors and letting them know about our candidates and who is running this election. You also have people who have had their door knocked before and they are not happy."
Volunteers who canvass are given a couple of talking points, but the main thing to get across to people is when, and how people can vote.
"So that people can be prepared to vote on election day," Lopez says. "And there's only three days left at this point so we want to make sure that people are ready."
"It's very, very important," Pratt says. "People, get out and vote. Common people don't have much of a voice, and this is the voice that they can use, and they need to use it."
Adam Laxalt's campaign also canvassed this weekend, but we were unable to meet up with them for on-camera coverage.