The Obama campaign is doing it, now the McCain-Palin campaign is working to get more young people to the polls in November. With eight weeks left until Election Day, presidential candidate John McCain is trying to reach some historically unlikely voters for the Republican Party - young people. “I think they are starting to appeal to him more especially since Palin is his V.P. pick, she's brought a lot of interest for young people,” said Bethany Hudson. Bethany is a member of Students for McCain-Palin, a grassroots organization that is traveling to college campuses, with the goal of getting young people registered. Some believe McCain is playing catch up to Barack Obama with the college crowd. Akeisha Wynn, a UNCW junior said, “I think McCain notices that Obama has a lot of young people, so he's trying to do his best to get more people to vote for him, so I think it is a catch up game...like oh Obama got it so I need to get it too.” “In a sense yes, but I think he's going about it in a different way,” said Hudson. Hudson said McCain is reaching trying to reach younger voters through organizations like her's, as well as social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. New Hanover County Board of Elections Director Bonnie Williams said young people will efinitely have an effect on the election, if they follow through. “Yes, I think we will see an impact for those who have taken the time to register and actually vote for this election,” said Williams. Hudson is confident the students she is signing up will show up at the polls. “We're going to be doing everything we can through being on campus, emails, and Facebook. Were going to make sure they know and remember to vote,” said Hudson. If you have questions about how to register to vote in New Hanover County, call the Board of Elections office at 910-798-7330. www.NHCvote.com
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