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Both Sides Working On Final EC Push

November 3, 2011, 10:27 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Both Sides Working On Final EC Push
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Groups for and against the $115 million facility have just five days to get their messages out to the city. And they're using every minute of it.

Business hours don't exist when you're in the election business especially this close to voting day.

"I think everybody's aware that there's an election coming up," Build it Now Field Director Tony Reiss said.

"[I think} we've done a pretty good job of staying on the issues and not making it personal," said Bob Barclay who chairs Citizens Against the Events Center. 

Just five days out, both sides are putting in the extra hours asking for volunteers, and planning a final push.

"Tomorrow we have a couple people going door-to-door," Barclay said. "And Saturday will be a big push to get more flyers out," Reiss said.

"We are targeting specific parts of town where we've found support lies and we're going in a tiered system on that," Reiss said. 

Reiss and the Build it Now team say moving forward with an events center will move the city forward. The group pushing back do not agree with that view.

"The issue is it's the wrong time to build an event center as far as I'm concerned," Barclay said

voting gap is closing in as the clock winds down. That's why the next few days could make all the difference in who pulls out in front.

"But there's still a lot of work to be done before election day to make sure those voters who support the project are getting out to vote," Reiss said.

A wild card in this election is the large amount of absentee ballots already cast. A record 4,100 people have submitted their vote in advance of the November 8th election.

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