Volunteers not trying to get new supporters, just getting current ones to vote

Canvassers for the Doug Jones campaign try to turn support into votes

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Doug Jones and his advisors believe the U.S. Senate candidate has enough support to win Tuesday's special election, so volunteers are using the remaining four days to reach out to people who they already believe support their candidate.

On Thursday, just before Jones' speech at his Huntsville campaign office, we spent some time following canvassers in the Five Points neighborhood, an area full of Jones supporters.

Volunteers did not go door-to-door trying to woo new supporters, but went to homes of those who voted in the Democratic primary election in September, to secure their votes in the December 12th election.

We followed volunteer Kate Messervy, who was armed with a list of supporters' homes and a voting pledge that she is asking supporters to sign.

At the home of Jones supporter John Stoddart, Messervy asked Stoddart to sign the voting pledge and to help spread the word.

"I have some yard signs in the car," Messervy began.

"Sure, I'll put one up," Stoddart replied, before Messervy was even able to go into a pitch.

Stoddart said that before today, he had not always felt comfortable openly supporting a democrat.

"I keep thinking, 'Oh my god,'" Stoddart said on his porch as he signed the voting pledge. "I'll get a Moore sign next to mine."

Stoddart said this time, though, he has no problems upsetting any neighbors with his passion for the democrat.

"This is about the future of America and Alabama," Stoddart said.

It is the job of volunteers like Messervy to harness that passion.

Whenever she had the chance to go inside a home and connect with a voter, she trounced, because each connection is seen as a chance to get someone more involved.

Most of the homes to which she was assigned on Thursday were homes of Doug Jones supporters.

There are, however, occasions when her voter information is not entirely current and a Moore supporter answers the door.

"If a Moore supporter answers the door," began Messervy, "we just say 'Thank you for your time, and have a wonderful day."

We reached out to the campaign of republican candidate Roy Moore to ask to speak to volunteers, and are awaiting a response.


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