Get out the vote groups hold final push before election day

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Various Get Out the Vote organizations took to the streets in Philadelphia on Saturday in hopes of encouraging more people to vote on Tuesday.

Indivisible Philadelphia, a group that describes itself as nonpartisan, brought an LED bus around parking lots in South Philadelphia to lure voters.

“Do you know where to find your polling station?” volunteer Gloria Gilman asked a buyer. “Do you have any problems you’d like to discuss?” She followed.

“Pennsylvania is one of three swing states that determine who’s in charge, whether it’s Republicans or Democrats,” Gillman said. “We want to preserve democracy and that requires people to participate and vote.”

Meanwhile in West Philadelphia there was a party at the polling stations in front of the Church of Christian Compassion.

“To truly celebrate voting, celebrate this election and inspire more people to make their voices heard,” said Stephanie Young, executive director of When We All Vote, a nonprofit founded by Michelle Obama was to reach them voters.

The organization has conducted 200 events like this one during this election season, targeting underserved communities.

“These are the communities that need the most reach. These are the communities that are often left out. These are the communities that sometimes don’t have a consistent presidential or congressional presence,” Young said.

One of the reasons the organizers chose this church for the block party is because it’s also a polling place, so neighbors who came out could familiarize themselves with the site before voting on Tuesday.

Both said from the voting groups it is important that people recognize the value of their vote.

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