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AFL-CIO Leaders on the Ground Getting Out the Vote

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka meets with workers in Brilliant Ohio. Ohio AFL-CIO photo

Over these final few days before Election Day, AFL-CIO officers have been on the ground in key states talking with union members about the vital importance of getting out the vote (GOTV), they’ve also joined in neighborhood walks and made phone calls alongside volunteers in union phone banks.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka kicked off a massive GOTV walk in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday and then made several stops around the Buckeye State before heading to his home state of Pennsylvania for a huge GOTV rally in Pittsburgh today with former President Bill Clinton. Read The Atlantic’s report on Trumka’s Ohio visit.

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On Saturday and Sunday in Minnesota, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler was in St. Paul, Minneapolis and suburban Little Canada for a series of GOTV walks and phone bank shifts. Sunday evening and today, Shuler joined volunteers in Madison, Wis., for neighborhood canvassing and final push phone banking. She heads for Ohio for Election Day GOTV actions.

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker has been focusing on voter protection efforts and making sure working family voters know their rights on Election Day. Before she arrived in Ohio this weekend to help train poll monitors in Cincinnati, Holt Baker was in Florida, where she told reporters several African American voters have received phone calls saying they can vote with their phone key pads, which is not true.

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These are the kinds of things, this trickery, that we expect to happen. We will be monitoring any group attempting to intimidate or harass a voter in any way.

Holt Baker will be in Wisconsin for the remainder of the week and during Election Day.

Be sure to join us tomorrow for live Election Day coverage.  

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