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St. Mary's Volunteers Motivated to Help Campaigns

Jeremy Pevner, a 21-year-old senior at St. Mary's College of Maryland is one of about 40 undergraduates participating in St. Mary's Votes, a program with the College's Center of Democracy to register voters and drive them to the polls. He said he was working today at the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department because he was inspired by parents who taught him that voting is a civic duty.

"I figured I could sit around all day and play video games or I could do something," Pevner said.

Rachel Litz, 32, of Lexington Park, saw a volunteer for Sen. Barack Obama's campaign standing by himself this morning at Esperanza Middle School, so she bought some balloons and returned with her neighbor, whom she enlisted to join them in the rain. One voter dropped off an umbrella for them and another provided cookies.

"We are a military family," Litz said. "I served in the military, I've seen the impact of this last [Bush] administration and I'm horrified."

Pat Friend, 68, of St. Mary's City, was working the booth with Litz. She said there were only three times in her lifetime that she felt as strongly for a politician as she does for Obama. The other two were John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton.

-- Christy Goodman

By Philip Rucker  |  November 4, 2008; 4:02 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Elections  
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