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College-age voters: increasingly courted – and thwarted

University of Southern Maine students fill in voter registration cards at the Husky Fest activities fair in Portland, Sept. 6. Source: Stacy Teicher Khadaroo/The Christian Science Monitor

Dashing out of the rain to grab an iced coffee at the University of New Hampshire, new student Mariah Gonzalez says she plans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections because “it’s going to make a difference.”

The 18-year-old even registered already, by filling out a form in a high school class.

There’s just one hitch. That was in New York State – but Ms. Gonzalez wants to vote in New Hampshire, since being on the basketball team will keep her here pretty much year-round. 

In coming weeks, plenty of advocacy groups will be on campus in Durham helping students like her figure out how to vote locally. This is a swing state, after all, and the case can be made to college students like Gonzalez that their vote might be more significant here than in their home state.

Democrats, in particular, tend to benefit when more young people vote.

High turnout in MaineIn New Hampshire: defining 'home'Campuses aim to increase engagement

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