A group that is targeting millennial voters to get involved in the 2016 presidential contest has put staff members in Sioux City colleges to reach students. The NextGen Climate Iowa group this week began outreach on the campuses of Morningside College, Briar Cliff University and Western Iowa Tech Community College in the city.

NextGen state director Zack Davis said Thursday the group's personnel will be moving through the three colleges through the Nov. 8 election.  They are planning events to urge college students to use early voting, which begins Friday in South Dakota and Sept. 29 in Iowa, to cast ballots in the presidential race that involves Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

NextGen now has a presence in more than 20 Iowa colleges, getting them registered to vote and pushing the primacy to address climate change by electing lawmakers who will address the issue.  Davis said students have a big desire to tackle climate change and use more clean energy such as wind power.

Davis said the group is trying to mobilize 175,000 college students statewide in Iowa.

The three colleges also have other ways to get students involved in politics. Both Briar Cliff and Morningside have College Republican and College Democrats groups on campus.

Morningside also has a nonpartisan Civic Union group, which promotes awareness of political and social issues through various election-related events.

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