Party embraces the Neighborhood Leader Voter Outreach program and will contact thousands of registered voters in the run-up to the general election

The Yamhill County Democrats want you to vote, and they're going to make that point clear over the next two weeks in the run-up to the general election.PMG FILE PHOTO - Yamhill County Democrats have mounted an effort to urge voters to cast their ballots in the Nov. 3 general election.

"Democrats and non-affiliated voters in Yamhill County should expect to be contacted and encouraged to vote by their neighbors between now and Nov. 3," a press release from the organization said last week.

In an effort to counter "the rising tide of dark money flooding local, county and state races," a cadre of Democrats has embraced the Neighborhood Leader Voter Outreach program in most of the state's counties. The program uses data available to the public from the Secretary of State's voter rolls to facilitate the process.

Locally, more than 260 volunteers have begun contacting upwards of 14,000 registered Democrats in the county with reminders to submit their ballots. The reminders have taken the form of postcards, texts and phone calls. An additional 7,000 postcards are being sent to non-affiliated voters who missed voting in the May primary election. Progressive Yamhill donated money to pay for distribution of postcards to non-affiliated voters.

"Yamhill County has seen an increase in expensive signs and advertisements in recent elections," Yamhill County Democrats Chairman Oma Sandoval said, "but we know that studies have shown person to person connections to be the most effective means of encouraging voters."

Initial reports are that the effort is worth the work.

"The Neighborhood Leader Program is truly empowering and effective," said Sue Delventhal, a volunteer in the program. "It is based on building relationships with your neighbors."

Registered Democrats, the release said, can expect to see cards with the party's endorsements in the mail this week.

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