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USC College Democrats And Republicans Make Last Minute Phone Calls

Nandini Ruparel, Danielle Tarasiuk |
November 6, 2012 | 4:21 p.m. PST

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The University of Southern California College Democrats and Republicans called multiple swing states in an effort to encourage people to vote. The groups held a phone bank at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism's East Lobby.

"There's a lot of people who haven't voted in the election," said Lindsay Rapkin, membership vice president of the College Democrats. "We can help people, direct them to polls."

The organization, which had about 15 people circulating through the phone bank, used BarackObama.com and VoteBuilder.com in order to call potential voters and ask them whether they've voted, who they're voting for and give information regarding their candidate and polling locations. 

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"I think most people called are registered Democrats, so there are a lot of Obama supporters," Rapkin said. "To me, it's important that everyone goes out and votes."

Similarly, the College Republicans have been aiming to call main swing states Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nevada and New Hampshire to encourage people to vote.

"Most of [those the College Republicans call] are set, we're just trying to get the vote out," said Daniella Cohan, director of fundraising for the College Republicans. "About half the people pick up their phones and most are voting for Romney."

The College Republicans, who planned to run the phone bank from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., also called California for votes on the Congressional races.

"Most of the people have been Republicans, so [the responses] have been favorable," said Alex Kludjian, the director of activism for the College Republicans. 

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The College Democrats started phoning potential voters at 12 p.m. and intended to stay there as late as 8 p.m., or until West Coast polling locations close.  

"They've already voted, so there's not really persuading going on," Rapkin said. "It gets people pumped up, to hear 'I voted for Barack Obama!'" 


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