Campaigns flood phones, overpasses to get out vote

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by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 5 at 11:40 PM

SEATTLE -- Elections may not be won or lost on highway overpasses, but supporters of same-sex marriage felt campaigning above Interstate 5 Monday night could not hurt.  

"Hopefully someone will say, I see all those people up there and I'm going to vote to approve [R74]," said Bebeth Steudel, who campaigned with her 3-year-old daughter.  

Opponents of same-sex marriage employed the same sign-waving strategy earlier in the day. 

Meanwhile, campaigns used phone banks to offer a more targeted approach.  At Republican headquarters in Bellevue, volunteers checked in with their supporters, calling them one by one to make sure they have turned in their ballots.  

"They're very passionate tonight," said one volunteer after wrapping up a conversation with a Rob McKenna supporter.  

A Democratic phone bank in Wallingford overflowed with volunteers, prompting some to find a seat in the hallway as they checked in with voters likely to go for President Obama and Jay Inslee. 

If the ballot drop box in Ballard is any indication, plenty of voters are returning their ballots before Election Day.  A constant stream of voters stopped by to drop off their ballots in person and ensure their delivery, rather than pay the postage to mail them. 

"I'm very excited," said Jenny Husby, as she walked to the ballot box.  "I spent four hours last night online researching stuff."

The Secretary of State predicts 60 percent of the votes will be reported Tuesday, with the first round of results coming between 8 and 9 p.m.

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