City, campaign prep for Tuesday Clinton rally in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is coming to Pennsylvania’s capital city Tuesday afternoon, and city and campaign officials spent the day Monday prepping for the crowds.

The visit comes as both she and Republican opponent Donald Trump battle for voters in battleground states like Pennsylvania.

Organized and organizing, Deborah Johnson, a volunteer for Clinton’s campaign in Harrisburg, prepared voter registration forms on clipboards at the Democratic headquarters in midtown.

“We’ve got a limited amount of time between now and the 11th,” Johnson said. That’s the deadline to register in the state.

But she’s focused on another day — Tuesday. “Texted all my kids, all my friends,” Johnson said with a laugh. “Who wouldn’t be excited?”

Back behind Zembo Shrine at Division and 3rd streets, workers spent hours — “Anywhere from six to 10 hours,” Tom Banks, a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 98, said — building frames for banners and loading equipment into the venue.

You won’t need a ticket for the rally, but the campaign isn’t sure how many people to expect.

The city says there shouldn’t be a need for any road closures around the uptown venue, and city police will not be providing any extra security.

As Clinton volunteers tried to pack the house with cold-calls to midstaters inviting them to the campaign stop, Johnson hoped to hear her candidate talk policy, the economy, jobs.

“Equal pay,” she said, “that would be good, too.”

And, of course, the importance of registering more voters. “It’s a short period of time between now and Election Day,” Johnson said, “so we need to get our message out there.”

The rally is scheduled for Tuesday from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Doors open at the Zembo Shrine at 1:45.

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