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Democrats wrap parties around weekend walking, phoning

Politics is pretty scary business, and Eden Area United Democratic Campaign volunteers will prove it tonight when they celebrate a “Fright Night” Halloween before making the final push to Tuesday’s election.

They have reason to celebrate. Their “get out the vote” campaign helped Democratic registration soar in Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo during the past five months, as the Alameda County registrar of voters disclosed this week.

Beginning at 7 tonight, volunteers — in costume, campaign coordinator Edith Looney hopes — will enjoy candy, popcorn and soft drinks at the campaign headquarters, 1139 A St., in Hayward while watching “Young Frankenstein” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Then, at 8 a.m. Saturday, they’ll be back at work again to get the Barack Obama-Joe Biden ticket elected on Tuesday. For 12 hours, volunteers are scheduled to walk precincts or to call other states, reminding other registered Democrats to get out and vote.

More walking and phoning is scheduled on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, ending with another big party — the Democrats hope — after the polls close.

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