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Gotta Vote in Southern Minnesota

State Auditor Rebecca Otto and State Rep. Jim Davnie spent Friday driving around Southern Minnesota to three Gotta Vote events.

The first stop, at a coffee shop in Albert Lea, gave Rep. Davnie a chance to lay out the stakes in this election:

"Folks in Albert Lea gotta vote. From energy to agricultural, we've come too far to turn back now."

Later, at Rochester Community and Technical College, Otto and Davnie met a young, aspiring musician named Kalin. Kalin stopped by a Gotta Vote for Education roundtable and explained that he was an undecided voter.


I just haven't focused much on the race, and friends and family have been giving me a lot of different views. As a person of faith, I'm just trying to figure out which candidate better represents my values.

Otto and Davnie, talked with Kalin for a few minutes. They talked about President Obama's education policy that's giving kids all across the country the opportunity for success. They talked about the economic growth under President Obama that's helping families all over Minnesota. And they talked about how President Obama ended the War in Iraq responsibly and brought our troops home.

By the end, one new voter was ready to support President Obama, "Before today I wasn't sure, but the choice really is clear, President Obama gets the golden rule. As a Christian, he understands how important it is to give others opportunities. I'm going to vote for President Obama on Election Day." Kalin left with an Obama button.

At the final stop in Winona, Otto and Davnie took a moment to snap a picture at one of the town's beautiful parks.


You've gotta vote, make sure you have a plan for Election Day.

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