Bethesda, Md. – One of the largest efforts to encourage voters in swing states to get out and vote on Election Day is coming from volunteers in Montgomery County.
A phone bank set up on Saturday by the Hillary Clinton campaign has already made more than 120,000 calls to the states of Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Each volunteer spends between 2 to 3 hours going through a list of registered voters—calling voters to determine if they’ve decided on a candidate and encouraging them to vote.
Kathy Sheehan has done this kind of volunteer work in previous elections but finds herself inspired by the prospect of helping the first female president into the White House.
“It’s an exciting election,” said Sheehan. “I think for my daughter to look up at the first woman President it will inspire her to do whatever she wants to do.”
Sheehan said some people she talks to over the phone seem tired of the political talk but she sees that as an opportunity to push them to vote.
“That’s why we are volunteering,” said Sheehan. “To make sure that everyone exercises their right to vote.”
Even though the space has only been open since Saturday, volunteers have done a ton of work in their 12-hour shifts.
Tuesday will not be a day to rest either according to Site Director Jon Heintz.
“Some states don’t have early voting so our only opportunity to convince some people to vote will be on Election Day,” said Heintz.