Indy mayor candidates make late push for votes

Joe Hogsett (D) and Chuck Brewer (R) debated on WISH-TV Oct. 16, 2015. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Volunteers have been making thousands of calls to make sure voters remember to hit the polls Tuesday, specifically to vote for Indy’s next mayor.

Democratic candidate Joe Hogsett spent election eve at home. Hogsett’s campaign manager wants him to rest up since he’ll be up bright and early to cast his vote and visit 20 polling places.

Republican Chuck Brewer will cast his vote at the same time. His schedule shows he’ll visit 10 polling places.

Brewer said it was going to be an early night for him as well but we did catch him busy with a phone in hand at the Marion County Republican Party headquarters downtown.

Brewer was calling voters as were several more volunteers. Volunteers with Hogsett’s campaign were doing the same. Both parties planned to make tens of thousands of calls Monday, and even though only a small portion of people will pick up the phone, both sides say it’s worth it.

“People generally don’t think about elections until they roll right up on it and they don’t decide who they’re going to vote for until generally about a week out and that’s why it’s so important to just overload voters with message after message after message,” said Brewer.

“We just want to make sure that people know there is an election this year, it’s important and sort of that person to person contact we find is often all it takes to really get somebody engaged in knowing that their vote matters and hopefully we’ll see the results of that on Tuesday,” said Thomas Cook, Hogsett’s campaign manager.

As simple as it sounds, both campaigns said that by saying the candidates name over the phone can make a big difference

“People hear the name and they may not recognize it in the context of an election,” said Cook. “so when you make clear to them that that person that they kind of heard the name before they maybe saw a TV ad or heard a radio ad, that’s the person that’s going to be on the ballot, the top of the ticket when they get into that voting booth.”

“Name (identification) is a big part of it,” added Brewer. “We’ve got yard signs all over the county and generally it takes about seven or eight messages before voters start to really recognize it.”

Besides making calls, both sides spent much of the day putting out yard signs and knocking on doors. The work will continue with a stronger sense of urgency on Election Day.

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