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American citizens all over the country will elect members of the Senate and the House of Representatives and vote on new propositions on Nov. 6. The Pew Research Center conducted a survey showing an increase in voter enthusiasm ahead of midterm elections.

“Voter enthusiasm is at its highest level during any midterm in more than two decades,” according to Pew.

Research found that one of the largest reasons voter enthusiasm is so high is due to the issue of which party will control Congress. They found that while enthusiasm is high in both political parties, it is slightly higher among Democrats.

“Two-thirds of Democratic voters (67%) say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting, compared with 59% of Republican voters,” according to Pew.

A majority of students at BYU-Idaho are of the age to vote in the upcoming elections. Some students are more politically active than others, and some are just now becoming active.

“I’m not very politically active, but I am becoming more so because of some classes that require me to be,” said Aundrea Evans, a sophomore majoring in international studies.

Arianna Pagani, a freshman studying horticulture, moved to Idaho from Connecticut to attend BYU-I. She plans on getting an absentee ballot, which will allow her to vote in Connecticut even though she will be in Idaho.

“I am aware of what’s going on politically, but the last election kind of turned me into a non-expressive political person,” Pagani said. “However, I believe that it is very important to vote.”

Pagani goes on to explain ways that she, or anyone, can become more enthusiastic about politics and voting.

“We could talk to our friends about politics and express that it is our right as Americans to vote,” Pagani said. “Also, by doing our own research on interview or articles from trustworthy sources we can become more involved politically.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages members to be politically active and vote in all elections.

“Though the Church generally encourages members to be informed and engaged politically, it leaves each person to decide for himself or herself which people and ideas best represent his or her views,” according to lds.org.

Evans said church members can become more enthusiastic about voting and politics.

“We can realize that it is our duty to be an example and support our leaders,” Evans said.

For more information on how to register for voting while attending college, go to bestcolleges.com. To receive the absentee ballot for a specific state, go to vote.org and fill out the application.


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