People find ways to get involved in upcoming conventions

by: Erica Bryant Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As the countdown continues to the Republican and Democratic national conventions, people who aren't delegates are finding ways to get involved and attend.

For weeks, Martha Stewart has been making calls and knocking on doors. She's one of the first to earn a seat inside Bank of America stadium to see President Barack Obama accept the Democratic nomination.

“I have qualified for my ticket, yes I have,” Stewart said.

Through the 9-3-1 program, Obama campaign volunteers who work nine hours, or three shifts, are guaranteed a credential to attend the final night of the convention in person.

“This is going to be great for Charlotte,” Stewart said.

Eyewitness News contacted Republican officials to ask about public access during the RNC in Tampa. We did not hear back on Tuesday, but the Republican convention website promotes a “convention without walls.”

Supporters can sign up to watch live streaming video from the convention floor, and engage via Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Only delegates and credentialed media will be allowed inside.

More information:

9-3-1 program

connect.gopconvention2012.com