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Volunteers amping up voter efforts in state

Published: Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 1:46 a.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) – Candidates, party loyalists and activists are intensifying last-minute campaigning and the push to get voters to the polls.

They’re out making scores of calls, knocking on doors and arranging transportation.

Election Day sentiment also came from the pulpit Sunday. The Rev. Michael Pfleger encouraged parishioners at his South Side Catholic church to vote. He says the church will provide free transportation for those who need to get to the polls Tuesday.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has contacted nearly 160,000 voters and planned rallies and canvassing through Tuesday.

Both parties have pushed voter efforts too.

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady says the party made more than 100,000 phone calls Saturday.

Illinois Democrats’ efforts focused on local races and some volunteers also went to other states.

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