Last-Minute Push For Voters Comes To The University Of Oregon

Nov 5, 2018

The University of Oregon hosted a “Get Out the Vote” rally Monday in the final hours of the campaign season.    

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR, center) speaks to the campus crowd the day before Election Day. He was joined by a number of other largely Democratic candidates and officials, though former independent gubernatorial candidate Patrick Starnes (left) was also present.
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A who’s who among Democratic politicians fired up the crowd, including Governor Kate Brown and Congressman Peter DeFazio.

Younger voters in general lean Democratic, but also don’t turn out to the polls as much.  That concerns Manon Murphy, a junior at the U of O.

Governor Kate Brown applauds speakers at today's "Get Out the Vote" rally at the University of Oregon.
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“People need to understand that older people are voting, and if we don’t vote then they’re going to win," she tells KLCC.

"So that’s why I’m here, and that’s why I’m voting.”

Graduate student Alex Bellizzi sees the midterms as his rebuttal to the 2016 Presidential race outcome.

“Just the trajectory of having a completely unchecked president, a completely unchecked Congress, is harmful," says Bellizzi.

"I would like to see Democrats take back the House. I would love the Senate, but I’m being realistic here.”

For their part, the Lane County GOP recently held a panel promoting the Trump-GOP tax plan, and have a new office in Springfield for volunteers and campaign materials, at least through Election Day.

Ballots are due by 8pm Tuesday.

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