Last Minute Push Focuses on Young Voters

LAS VEGAS -- Friday is the last day to take part in Early Voting. So far, nearly 300,000 people statewide have already cast their ballots.

With a number of political candidates running neck and neck and only a few days to the General Election, a local group says younger voters may be the key to victory this mid-term election. Even though there are 69,000 registered younger voters, in the last mid-term election, only 25 percent of them went to the polls.

Octavia Hamlett wasn't always politically active. She says she just sat back watching the country go bad.

"I didn't want to be involved because I thought the world was going to hell, to be honest, why should I get involved when I don't have faith in what's going on," she said.

She now works for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada and working to get young people and Latino voters to the polls. But it isn't easy.

"You get some people that are responsive, others that are exhausted," Hamlett said.

They hope to reach 150,000 people. They don't care who or what you vote for, but just that you do it.

"I feel a responsibility to go and talk to my fellow young people and remind them that change is a slow process but it is a forward moving process," said Howard Watts, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

"Behind these doors, we're making phone calls, and we're getting people to knock on doors and remind them that the election is on Tuesday," said Jahan Wilcox, spokesman for the Republican party.

"We're feeling a lot of excitement in the base they're really motivated to get out there and knock the doors and make the phone calls," said Phoebe Sweet, spokeswoman for the Democratic party.

"You have to keep pushing, keep pushing, keep pushing. If you don't get involved in change, nothing happens," said Hamlett.


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