Young voters hold strong weight on midterm election results

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FAIRFIELD -

One factor that will play heavily into Tuesday's elections is how many young people turn out to vote.

Many students at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield say they have already voted through absentee ballots.

Student groups on campus spent weeks getting their classmates registered. The work has paid off, with more than twice as many young voters are registered for this election cycle than the last midterms.

About 90,000 young people are registered to vote in Connecticut. Nearly half of them were unaffiliated.

Despite the registering efforts, organizers and campus leaders wonder how many registered voters will come out to the polls.

"It's always tough getting students out to vote because they get into their routines," says Gregory Price, head of the Sacred Heart University College Republicans.

The campus’ Republican and Democrat groups joined forces for voter registration efforts.

Many students who don't vote say they either do not know how to vote or do not know who is running.

"With my laptop I have the candidates out ... to just show them a brief overview of what that candidate could be running for, and show them how easy and accessible all this information is," says Allie Amazan of the Sacred Heart University College Democrats.

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