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College students in Utah getting out the vote in neighboring states

College students in Utah getting out the vote in neighboring states

By Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Oct. 26, 2010 at 11:31 a.m.



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PROVO -- College students around the Utah are trying to make an impact on this election, and some of them are doing it by going out of state.

BYU freshman Evelyn Forbes wants Republicans to regain control in Washington so she went to Colorado with a 'Get out the vote' program. She wasn't alone. Other students from BYU, UVU, and the U of U all went along.

They called a lot of people and went door to door to help the republican Senate and House candidates in Colorado's third district.

Forbes says she didn't have too many crazy experiences, but others in the group did as they experienced the pressure that voters in swing states feel.

"Someone answered the door with a gun and said, 'It's a good thing you are not from the democrats,'" said Forbes. "We had a lot of people threaten to rip up their ballots if we called them again, which kind of defeats the purpose of voting at all."

A separate group of BYU students on the other side of the political aisle also spent time recently in Nevada trying to keep Sen. Harry Reid in office. They helped organize a rally in which both Reid and Pres. Barack Obama spoke.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

Randall Jeppesen

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