Union members convince South Los Angeles residents to vote


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Union members looking to make a difference for the democrats have been working the voters of South Los Angeles for weeks. With Election Day here, Service Employees International Union members Yolanda Richard and Pamela Harris took to the streets of Inglewood, trying to wrestle last-minute voters to the polls.

By 10 a.m., only about 150 people had voted at La Salle Elementary School, the polling place where Richard and Harris were responsible. They made phone calls, often to disconnected numbers, and they knocked on doors where no one answered.

But even one voter who answered the door and showed off his or her “I Voted” sticker was enough to make Harris and Richard feel like Election Day would be a marvelous day. It was, they said, all about keeping positive and keeping the faith.