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Local campaigns make last minute push

Iowa City (KWWL) -- Just a week of campaigning remains until next Tuesday's election and campaigns are making a last minute push.

Today, the candidates targeted swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia. While the candidates hit the national campaign trail, politics is local and the push is on locally, too.

Ask just about any sports fan, and they'll tell you games can be won in the final few moments. Ask any election or campaign worker, and they'll tell you the same is true of a presidential race.

That's obvious from visits to both Democrat and Republican campaigns in Johnson County. Piles of campaign materials line tables at both locations, and volunteers are dialing phone numbers as fast as they can to give voters any information they may need.

"We've got volunteers you can see doing phone-calling, we've got volunteers out on the streets knocking on as many doors as possible, passing on literature to all our voters out there," said todd Versteegh, the former chair the Johnson County Republican Party.

"Getting people to go to early voting in satellite locations is a big push, there's a huge number that have already voted from our neighborhood," said Robin Roseman with the Johnson County Democrats.

Both offices say they've had record numbers of people calling and showing up with questions about where and how to vote. Campaign workers on both sides of the aisle are going to be logging a lot of hours over the next week, trying to nail down votes from those who have yet to cast their ballots, or who haven't decided on a candidate yet.

If you want to vote early -- there's still time. You have until this Friday to apply for an absentee ballot. You must return that ballot or postmark it by election day. You can also vote in person at your county auditor's office up til election day. And on election day, you can register at the polls. To do so, you'll need a photo I.D. or proof of residence.

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