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U.S. election campaign targets expatriots

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. voters living abroad are getting more voter-registration attention than ever, the New York Times reported Friday.

Less than six weeks before the presidential elections, Democrats and Republicans are making a historic bid to register and rally U.S. voters living overseas.

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Last month, for example, the president's nephew spent four days in Mexico campaigning for his uncle. Meanwhile, John Kerry's sister also went to Mexico to rally voter support.

"I do think there is an unprecedented effort being made by the parties," said Curtis Gans, director of the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate.

"Whether it is because of the closeness of the race, I am not sure. People want to get out the vote but I also think it is because of the lightning rod that the Bush presidency represents. People feel so strongly that they want to leave no stone unturned."

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