During this year’s Halloween weekend, there’s a good chance that your political party will be showing up on your doorstep and ringing the family phone.

They don’t want your candy.

They want your vote.

It’s the weekend before Election Day — when all the debates are done, and the absentee ballots are on their way, and the attack-mailers have been sent.

Now, all that’s left is old-school walking and talking.

Time for GOTV (Get Out the Vote).

For both sides, that means getting volunteers to work phone banks and knock on doors to talk to voters and make them see the world in a red or a blue way. It’s time to press, to get people to say yes — without breaking the law.

Turnout predictions seem to be on track for a robust national debate.

Nationally, Republican leaders are fanning out to all parts of the country with the strong possibility that they will take back the House of Representatives and maybe the Senate too. Democrats are expected to come out in force to defend the early Obama years.

On Saturday, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Liz Shuler, secretary treasurer of the AFL/CIO, will be at the Orange County Labor Federation headquarters in Orange on helping workers on get-out-the-vote efforts on behalf of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s campaign.

Statewide, labor groups say they are ready to launch the largest get-out-the-vote efforts in California history, sending out more than 30,000 volunteers this week to talk to the state’s 2 million union members.

Just between now and Election Day, they expect to knock on 250,000 doors.

The big hitter for Republicans this weekend is gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, who is hosting a rally at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Both party headquarters will also be humming with activity until Election Day.

Republican Party headquarters in Tustin this weekend are gearing up for phone banking and precinct walking.

Democrats have opened a unified campaign front on Broadway in Santa Ana and expect an energetic weekend with phone banking and walking as well.


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