Campaigns push to get people to the polls for recall election

MILWAUKEE — The push is at its highest to persuade people to go to the polls and vote on Tuesday, June 5th. The last, big push included some pretty big names Monday.

Rev. Jesse Jackson joined a coalition of different faith groups Monday at Milwaukee’s Ziedler Building, where early absentee voting had taken place until last Friday. Jackson encouraged the clergy to get their members to the polls. He said every high school senior of voting age, every college student and others should vote — especially since Wisconsin has same-day registration.

“In Milwaukee, vote 70% — the game changes. If we vote our hopes and not our fears, workers will be back at the table,” Jackson said.

Darnell Bowles thinks Jackson’s presence will help get out the vote.

“I think it will be a great influence on people getting out because he has a lot of history when we were not able to vote. It’s just a reminder that we need to exercise our right,” Bowles said.

While Rev. Jackson was stumping against Gov. Scott Walker, Sara Rattan was stumping for him. She volunteered to call and encourage Republican-leaning constituents to vote for Gov. Walker on Tuesday.

“I felt disenfranchised by the movement for the recall election, and the fact that Wisconsin has recalls without malfeasance, without cause. I think Scott Walker is a good governor,” Rattan said.

Cathy Waller, executive director of the Republican Party of Waukesha County says in the 12 years she’s been involved in campaigns, the phone bank is usually a tough one to man.

“This year through out the last six months, we’ve found it very easy to get people to come in and support the governor and lieutenant governor, and we haven’t struggled as hard to get people to get on the phones for us,” Waller said.

Both sides say you can verbally support the candidates all you want, but unless you exercise your right to vote, it doesn’t mean a thing.

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