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Chico State Hosts "Wildcats Vote" Campaign Forum

More Chico State students are ready to head to the polls, armed with the knowledge of what's on the ballot this November.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2018 10:26 PM
Updated: Oct. 24, 2018 3:00 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico State students are ready to head to the polls, armed with voters' knowledge this November.

Monday night, the college Office of Civic Engagement helped put together a campaign forum, featuring the Chico State Debate Team, local politicians, and a lot of hard work by students, faculty and staff.

"We're non-partisan," Said Hayley Finetti, a member of the National Political Science Honor Society. "It doesn't matter what your opinions are, just that you're aware." 

Former Chico Mayor and current Chico City Council member Ann Schwab said sometimes young people get discouraged and overwhelmed when they don't know all the issues, and it may dissuade them from voting. 

"Young people feel a bit overwhelmed with the choices they have on the ballot," Schwab said. 

Sophomore Connie Quintana said she wasn't sure what to do once her voters' packet arrived in the mail.  

"The actual packet was really huge, and I got really freaked out, and I didn't know what the propositions were," she said. 

Ryan Cleland, 4-H Community Education Specialist, said voting is the best way to make a point.  

"You don't have to engage in the conversations at Thanksgiving or the arguments on TV," Cleland said. "You can quietly vote and make your voice heard."

The election is on Nov. 6.

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