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'Election' Daisy Carnival: Young voter push at Vegas event

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Most revelers heading to the Electric Daisy Carnival this weekend will have one thing on their mind - partying.

"We're talking about thousands - that thing is going to be packed," said Cesar Agreda, vice president of UNLV Young Democrats, who will attend EDC for another reason - getting young people registered to vote.

Insomniac, the company the produces the EDC, is partnering with Rock the Vote to create "Spin The Vote" at EDC events nationwide. The second annual EDC event in Las Vegas will happen at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday through Sunday.

"You've got 100,000 people who are going to be - each day - at this event, and when you look out into the crowd, that's so much potential," said Becca Frucht of Spin The Vote.

Frucht adds that EDC attendees are mostly between the ages of 18 and 25, which is the young voter demographic often sought after by politicians.

"If a president is trying to push something for students on loans or helping them get into college, it's a no-brainer that they will get involved," Agreda noted.

Students like Agreda and Tom McAllister, who is the president of UNLV College Republicans, want their peers to take an interest in politics.

That boost may come as early as Thursday, when President Barack Obama comes to the Cox Pavilion to talk about college education.

"He's coming to a college campus like UNLV where students are suffering when it comes to student debt and student loans," said McAllister.

McAllister and others plan to protest the president's visit to UNLV, but said an event as large as the EDC can be a good thing to energize young voters.

"The thing we need to make sure is that (students) are – that they also know about the issues," he said.

FOX5 will broadcast Obama's speech live from UNLV Thursday afternoon.

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