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ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2004 — continued

Photo essay by Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

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4:00 p.m.
George Hall, a member of the American Federation of Government Employees, took the day off to volunteer to make Get-Out-The-Vote phone calls at the United Labor Centre. He was a first-time ever campaign volunteer. "I'm really concerned what is happening in this country," he said.


4:00 p.m.
United Labor Centre: Lenice Gregory, a volunteer with America Coming Together, made Get-Out-The-Vote phone calls. "I believe in voting and I could take the time off to volunteer so I did," she said.

5:00 p.m.
Carpenters Hall, Anoka: a few volunteers are still out doorknocking union members but Get-Out-The -Vote efforts were beginning to wind down. Seated, left to right: Andrea Yevuta, Central Labor Union Council; Julie Blaha, Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota. Standing, left to right: Jeff Menth, IBEW 292; Gary Gross, Carpenters Union; Betsy O'Berry. "We sent out 60 people today, which was really good," Yevuta said. From Saturday through Election day, the total was 200 union member doorknockers visiting union homes. "We've done all the ground work we needed to do," Yevuta said. Blaha added: "this is one of the best years for union action."


6:15 p.m.
A voter marked his ballot at Anoka City Hall. A few voters were registering to vote but no one was waiting in line.


6:30 p.m.
Anoka County Government Center: the county's non-union election staff took a break for a photo. The phones were quiet and staff were sharing pizza for dinner. Left to right: Irene Meier, elections support specialist; Diane Teft, senior elections clerk; Kay Barrett, elections clerk. "The turn-out was really heavy this morning," said Gary Poser, elections supervisor. "This afternoon it's kind of leveled off." Poser added eight staff for the day to his normal crew of four. He said Anoka County issued 10,500 absentee ballots this year, compared to just under 8,000 four years ago — about a 33 percent increase, he said.


7:00 p.m.
Volunteers took a dinner break in downtown Hopkins at the coordinated campaign office. Left to right: Steve Powers, Steelworkers staff from Spokane, WA; Mark Gortze, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 9; Matt Filner, campaign manager for Steve Simon, AFL-CIO endorsed candidate for Minnesota House in St. Louis Park and Hopkins.


7:15 p.m.
John Grebner, AFSCME Council 5, viewed election returns on the internet at the Hopkins coordinated campaign office. "I think we took Pennsylvania," he said.


7:15 p.m.
Liz Portlance, left, and Bob Velez, both members of AFSCME Local 34, returned to the Hopkins campaign office from doorknocking union members. They set out after work. "Most people had already voted," Velez said.


7:20 p.m.
Volunteers watched voting returns on the internet at the Hopkins office. Union volunteers doorknocking from the Hopkins office included members from AFSCME, Communications Workers of America, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, National Association of Letter Carriers, and United Auto Workers. "We had about 43 volunteers," said site coordinator Steve Powers, Steelworkers staff from Spokane, WA. "They were out doorknocking. Some of them were out all day and they did five or six routes. Each route had 50 names."

7:20 p.m.
Mark Gortze, National Association of Letter Carriers, spent the day making up doorknocking routes for union members going out from the Hopkins office to doorknock union homes. "We sent our first doorknockers out of here shortly after 8:00 a.m. and we've still got people out right now," he said.

 

7:30 p.m.
A last minute push in Hopkins: "Folks, we're under performance in one precinct," said Matt Filner, left, campaign manager for Steve Simon, AFL-CIO endorsed candidate for Minnesota House in St. Louis Park and Hopkins. He asked for volunteers to go knock on doors for the next 20 minutes. "Bring your cars so you can give rides to the polls," Filner said. "Aim for one person. Go team! All hands on deck!" Right: volunteers responded to the request and examined a precinct map.

8:00 p.m.
Ward 3, Precinct 3, De LaSalle High School, Minneapolis: election judge Emilia Bernat walked out of the building and shouted out: "Here ye, here ye, the polls are closed." The group of election judges inside broke out into applause. Meanwhile, one lone voter was completing her ballot.

 

8:05 p.m.
Melissa Kirby, 23, was the last voter at De LaSalle High School in Minneapolis. A waitress at the Union Grill and Bar, she is a member of UNITE HERE Local 17. She said she worked a 12-hour day, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and made it to the polling place just in time. Kirby said she was first-time voter. Why did she vote today? She offered a simple explanation: "I want Bush gone."

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