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Volunteers in Walker Recall Election Inspired to Get Out the Vote

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Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders
AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders meets with Walker recall volunteers in Madison, Wis., Tuesday. More than 36,000 people are volunteering in the campaign to recall Walker, including a huge contingent from AFSCME. (Photo by Greg Dixon)

MADISON, Wis. At the Madison Labor Temple, where volunteers in the campaign to oust Gov. Scott Walker from office have been reporting in droves for weeks, AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders issued a final call to arms Tuesday – Election Day.

“What’s real important is that when you’re knocking on those doors, and making those phone calls, that you convince folks who haven’t voted to get out and vote!” he said. Noting that this is a “high-turnout election,” Saunders said “that’s good for us” because “our base” traditionally votes most heavily after work.

“Let’s make sure they do the right thing and get out and vote, and if they do that – and if you work like hell until the polls close – we’re going to have a victory tonight!”

With cheers erupting through the Labor Temple’s parking lot, Saunders concluded, “Let’s do this! Let’s go get to work!”

Saunders then toured the Labor Temple, where volunteers were making phone calls to encourage voters to cast their votes for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for governor.

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