Student Lobby Stays Heavy, Squeaking Out Votes to the End





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After weeks of effort, political student groups have but one more day remaining to sway voters. Each group-armed with a unique game plan-will be pounding the pavement, trying to convince voters whose political vision is best.

The Cal Berkeley Democrats, Berkeley College Republicans and Berkeley Campus Greens have been actively supporting gubernatorial candidates on Tuesday's ballot.

At the same time, the Cal Libertarians have been staying "low-key," supporting only a write-in candidate on the ballot.

The Cal Dems will be going to a rally today at Union Square in San Francisco in support of statewide Democratic candidates, said Cal Dems President Tom De Simone.

Among those in attendance at the rally will be Gov. Gray Davis, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, Attorney General Bill Lockyer and state Treasurer Philip Angelides-all Democrats up for re-election tomorrow.

"We think it's really important to get the vote out, specifically the student vote," De Simone said. "We're making sure they vote, specifically in some of the local races, because they are really close."

The Cal Dems attended a "get out the vote" event yesterday. The group called voters and delivered literature on behalf of Tom Bates' mayoral campaign.

They will continue to call voters and walk precincts through Tuesday, De Simone said.

Students living in the residence halls may have noticed political material slid under their doors-also the work of the Cal Dems.

Included in this literature was a "slate card," listing the positions held by the Cal Dems on local and statewide issues, reminding the reader to "Vote Democrat on Tuesday, November 5."

The Berkeley College Republicans have also been involved in several Bay Area "get out the vote" efforts, said the group's president, Bret Manley.

Today the group will be campaigning for gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon.

"We are going to go down to Salinas, make some calls, walk some precincts," Manley said.

The group has also been passing out campaign literature on statewide candidates and propositions locally to encourage Berkeley voters to vote Republican, he added.

Members of the Berkeley Campus Greens have been working with the Alameda County Greens to precinct walk and phone bank, primarily in support of Green Party gubernatorial hopeful Peter Camejo.

The biggest goal of the Greens has been "to get Camejo's name out, especially in the media," said Berkeley Campus Greens member Adam Scow.

The Campus Greens have been distributing fliers and will continue to do so through tomorrow.

The biggest campaign event for the Greens will be a party with Camejo's campaign in Oakland Tuesday night, Scow added.

Although a Libertarian is among the six gubernatorial candidates, the Cal Libertarians will nevertheless refrain from endorsing a candidate.

Instead, they plan to support write-in candidate Art Olivier, mayor of Bellflower in southeastern Los Angeles County.

For this reason, the Cal Libertarians have not been very active in the governor's race, said Cal Libertarians Vice President Joe Henchman.

Like other campus groups, they have been distributing political literature describing the group's positions on the issues facing voters, he added.

The Cal Libertarian position on all statewide propositions is "no," with the exception of Propositions 48 and 52, for which the group has no position.

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