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VESTAL, N.Y. -- The 2008 Presidential Election saw a high turnout among young voters. Over at Binghamton University, school officials are trying to build on that trend.

The Center for Civic Engagement is hosting an Election Day Celebration on campus where students can enjoy food and activities while voting. The school has also organized voter registration competitions in the dorms over the past few weeks and officials have also used social media to get students interested in voting. They hope the efforts will help increase turnout among the country's youngest voters.

"It’s our mission to create really informed and active citizens, so we want students to really learn about politics and public issues," said Christie Zwahlen, Community Engagement Coordinator.

"The numbers for kids our age, it’s terrible, compared to the elderly, you know, if more people our age vote, then elections and officers will start portraying their policies towards us," BU freshman Andrew Kiley said.

BU students will also watch the election results at a viewing party Tuesday evening.

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