Illinois Campaign Volunteers Pushing for Votes in Wisconsin

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Rockford's Ruth and Ed Mihevc spent their Saturday morning in the critical state of Wisconsin for a simple reason.

"Other people have laid down their lives, men and women, so we could get out and vote, and so I don't want people to pass up this privilege," Ruth Mihevc said.

"This is part of the political process, going out and talking to people and encouraging people as citizens of this democracy," Ed Mihevc added.

The Mihevc's and 80 other Illinoisans set up campaign camp in Beloit this weekend. Dozens took to the streets, knocking on doors in each of the city's 24 voting wards and pushing the vote for John Kerry.

"What's fun about this is that you get to talk to the people that actually make the difference, that are actually going to make the difference in this election. The partisans can talk to each other all day but these people are the ones that are going to make the difference," Mike Hughes said.

Beloit residents were impressed with the Illinois voting efforts, including voter Shannon Harrell.

"It was a little different that you would see other people from another state coming up to make sure that other people are voting, and I thought it was a really good idea," Harrell said.

And with Election Day four days away, the stateline volunteers hope they are directly impacting who will sit in the Oval Office the next four years.

"We're just so happy to have other Rockford Democrats that are here in Beloit and who also take democracy very seriously, so we're not going to pass up Beloit if we can talk to people about voting," Ruth Mihevc said.

It’s an important civic discussion in Wisconsin, straight from the mouths of Illinois volunteers.