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Rockhurst University class examines elections, voter behavior

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Posted at 10:22 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 23:40:20-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With less than two weeks until the 2020 presidential election, voting already is underway.

Election Offices in both Kansas and Missouri have reported record numbers for both mail-in and advanced or absentee voting, which is what Tom Ringenberg’s Rockhurst University class is studying. They are learning about elections and voter behavior in real-time.

“I am seeing this election play out in front of me and using all of the things Dr. Ringenberg has taught us and applying it to real life,” junior Ezekiel Frederick said.

Like many of his classmates, this will be Frederick’s first time voting in a presidential election.

“It was something (my family) always talked about in the house, and now that I can vote, I think it’s important to do that and do my civic duty,” he said.

Young voters are expected to make up 37% of eligible voters, according to a Pew Research Center study. This percentage is almost as large of the percentage of eligible baby boomers and “silent generation” voters combined.