Upcoming Election Could See Record Number of Young Voters

A new study shows young adults may turn out to the polls in record numbers this year.

Florida A&M University student Mario Henderson says he sees a lot of interest in the election on campus. He thinks the Iraq war has been a powerful motivator for young voters.

Mario Henderson, a FAMU student, said, "You see the deaths, you see what’s happening there and you start to question whether or not it’s benefiting you, so students want to empower themselves and put people in office who have their best interests at heart, and voting is the way to do that."

Nearly one out of three 18-to24-year-olds in the online Harvard University survey say they definitely plan to vote this year. That’s the highest tally for a non-presidential election in more than two decades. But it still means two out of three young people probably won’t vote, a statistic that frustrates Florida State University grad student and staunch Republican Clint Cappas.

Clint Cappas, an FSU student, said, "Our opinion really hasn’t mattered. We don’t come out and vote at all. If that’s our goal is to get our opinions heard, then we really need to come out and vote."

A change in Florida law will make it easier for students to vote this year. You don’t have to go home to vote. You can change your address when you go in to vote at your local precinct, as long as you’re already registered.

And with many close races this year, candidates who’ve actively courted young voters may reap the rewards next week.