Last minute push to get all voters out to the polls

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - With just a few hours to go before the polls close, voters are heading out to make sure their voice is heard.

People are out here waiting to vote. More people will probably be arriving in the next hour or so. Earlier today volunteers from both sides were out with signs, going door-to-door and calling registered voters to give them a last reminder to head out to the polls

"We want to encourage everybody to vote not just people who are voting for our candidates. It's a system that really works best when everybody's involved," says Sunny Gaughen, a field organizer for the Democratic Party.

Democrats and Republicans are campaigning for their candidates on Election Day, but they're also looking to make sure everyone remembers to find time to vote today.

"We've sent out a group of Lakota vote organizers as well who are gonna hopefully encourage a lot of our communities in Rapid and elsewhere to get out to the polls today," says Gaughen.

Others took advantage of the weather to stand in Halley Park and hold signs.

"This is a great spot here in the gap to just get people excited and remind people to thank them for going to the polls," says Wes Roth, a volunteer for the Republican Party.

Campaigning for Sutton or Noem is important to the volunteers, but not as important as it is to make sure that as many people as possible go out to vote.

"As canvassers, we would encourage both Republicans and Democrats and Independents to vote and make sure that they can get to the polls," says Stephen Saize, a volunteer for the Democratic Party.

To make sure people get to the polls, both sides are providing free rides for those who may have difficulty getting there because they want everyone's voice to be heard.

"I think there's a lot of energy a lot of people more and more paying attention to the issues and the candidates. It's a great thing, you know, people should go out and vote today. They should have their friends, family members go out and vote because every election is important," says Roth.

The volunteers also want people to know that as long as they are in line by 7 p.m. they will be able to vote and they won't be sent away.