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Working Families Launch “Final Four” Days Get Out The Vote Effort
AFL-CIO Officers hit Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin in final effort
(Washington, DC, Nov. 2) – From Saturday, November 3 through Tuesday, November 6, working families across the country will hit the streets for the AFL-CIO’s “Final Four” GOTV push. This closing turnout effort builds on the immense AFL-CIO Labor 2012 grassroots persuasion program where more than 400,000 volunteers reached close to 20 million voters in 25 states.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker will be crisscrossing battleground states to join volunteers for this final GOTV push.
“In the final days before the election, the labor movement is doing what it does best – talking to working families one more time about the stakes of the election and the importance of making our voices heard,” said Trumka. “By talking one-on-one with working class voters, we’ve been able to cut through the noise of endless TV ads bought by big corporate interests and discuss core economic issues like protecting Medicare, ending tax cuts for the rich and creating good jobs. Turnout will be decisive in many races and our ‘Final Four’ GOTV program is going to deliver our message of economic prosperity and ensure every person can and does vote.”
For the “Final Four” days GOTV push:
- There will be over 128,000 volunteers
- Make 5.2 million phone calls and knock on 5.5 million doors
- Pass out 2 million fliers while talking to union members at their work sites
- Send 12 million pieces of mail to working class voters
In the face of widespread voter suppression efforts, the AFL-CIO Labor 2012 program has also included a robust voter protection campaign – My Vote, My Right – that has led to 450,000 new voter registrations and will include nearly 2,000 poll monitors for Election Day and a hotline to report any irregularities or trouble voting at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
AFL-CIO officers’ travel includes:
Trumka in Ohio:
- 11/2 – GOTV activities in Columbus
- 11/3 – GOTV walks in Columbus and St. Clairsville
- 11/4 –GOTV activities in Warren-Youngstown area
- 11/5 – GOTV activities in Cleveland
Shuler in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio:
- 11/3 – GOTV activities and phone banks in South Saint Paul and Little Canada, MN
- 11/4 – Voter protection workshop in Saint Paul, MN and GOTV activities in Madison, WI
- 11/5—GOTV activities in Milwaukee
- 11/6 – GOTV activities in Columbus, Ohio
Holt Baker in Ohio and Wisconsin
- 11/3 – GOTV activities with local faith leaders in Cincinnati, OH
- 11/4 – Early Vote church turnout event in Hamilton, OH
- 11/5- 11/6 – GOTV activities throughout Wisconsin
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