Updated: 07/27/2014 10:27 PM
Created: 07/27/2014 5:13 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
Summer is here to enjoy, but an election is just 100 days away so politicians and their supporters are ramping up campaigns in Minnesota. DFLers gathered in Duluth to hit the streets and win over voters on Sunday.
DFL candidates are rallying volunteers at 20 campaign offices around the state, and Lieutenant Governor candidate Tina Smith was in Duluth to spur supporters.
Smith said voter turnout drops by the hundreds of thousands with no presidential race on the ballot, so door knocking is a key to success.
“It makes a big difference because if you don't vote your voice won't be heard, and that's really one of the message that we're carrying to the doors this weekend and all the way through to the end of the campaign,” Smith said.
About 20 volunteers turned out on Sunday, and some said they are helping out because politics made a big impact on their lives.
“If Al Franken wasn't in the Senate and wasn't that 60th vote for the Affordable Care Act I would have been having to pay hundreds of dollars every single month, but instead I've been able to stay on my parents' health care,” Josh Wilken-Simon said.
But Republicans have called Democrats out on mining issues in the Northland. Smith said Democrats have stepped up to help stop steel dumping.
“That's the kind of thing that is really putting your actions where your mouth is when it comes to supporting mining in Northern Minnesota,” Smith said.
Volunteers were hitting the phones and streets to spread the DFL message, and candidates like Jennifer Schultz said there is always room for more help at the DFL office in Duluth.
“Just walk in the door, and we'll get you hooked up to door knock, phone bank or data entry; something that you're comfortable doing,” Shultz said.
There is still time to learn more about the candidates before voting. Election day is November 4th.
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