Voter Drive

The nation's most important document was in Tallahassee Tuesday as part of a push to get young voters to the polls. One of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence was on display at FSU.

The Declaration of Independence was written by a young Thomas Jefferson with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams looking over his shoulder. What he penned that historic day has inspired people ever since.

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.” In 1776, these famous words declared America's independence from Britain. Today, these words inspired FSU students to register to vote.

"We want to represent what we want done in this country. We can't have everybody else deciding what happens to you."

The "my vote doesn't matter" mentality of young people was shattered with the close vote in 2000.

“Your vote matters as we've seen in the 2000 election, it was only about 500 votes that determined the president."

Students at Tallahassee Community College were also getting a dose of political activism.

"As far as the political goes we don't get involved enough and if we did get involved maybe things would actually run the way we want them to."

"I don't see very many young faces even interested in politics. I thought it was really good back when Kennedy was elected. He was a young president not much older than the limit."

In 2004 Florida will once again become a key state in the presidential election and young voters could make the difference.

"We want to share with younger Americans the importance of their participation in this wonderful process we have," says Ion Sancho.

The presidential primaries will be held on March 9 in Florida and on March 2 in Georgia.

About 50 percent participated in the 2000 election. Ion Sancho says he would like to see that number raised to 60 percent this time around.


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