Barbara Reynolds drove from Connecticut, a solid blue state, to volunteer in Charlotte for Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. She said she wants to help make North Carolina blue. So she and dozens of others will be hitting neighborhoods until Election Day.
"I know a lot of people can't afford another eight years (of a Republican in power)," she said.
Kristina Cole has never volunteered for an election before, but she said she was compelled to because she wants to keep North Carolina a red state. So she and dozens of Sen. John McCain supporters will be working the phones until Election Day.
"I got very concerned. I've been a Republican my whole life and never volunteered," she said.
For the first time in more than 30 years, North Carolina is up for grabs. Right now, volunteers in both campaigns said the push is for early voting.
Mecklenburg County's Board of Elections was busy Monday testing programs for early voting. The crews want to make sure everything is ready for early voting to start Thursday.
Director Michael Dickerson said Mecklenburg County could see 50 percent of the voters cast an early ballot.
"We've opened up more sites and for longer periods. You can even go on a Saturday and Sunday to vote," he said.
Both sides are passionate about their candidate. Obama volunteer Alice Folger said she's been involved since the beginning.
Folger said, "For the first time since Bobby Kennedy, I feel we can unite the country and bring about change."
For McCain volunteer Vincent Bordini, the pitch is simple when you believe that person is the one to lead America.
"Taxes will be lowered across the board, and it's a government that isn't telling bankers how to bank and doctors how to doctor," he said.
Volunteers From Both Parties Pushing For Support