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FAMU Students Are Fired Up For Fall Election Season

Tallahassee, Florida- September 4, 2012

Young voters have given the Democratic party the majority of their votes in the last three general elections, and the demographic is once again a main target in this year's presidential election.

President Barack Obama inspired millions of young voters to vote for him in 2008, and experts say the under 25 vote will be crucial again in 2012.
Students here at FAMU say they're just as fired up this year to head back to the polls.

FAMU Student Stephanie Cote turned 18 right before the 2008 presidential election and she's ready to go to the polls again this year.

Said Stephanie Cote: "We're the future decision-makers of America." A survey by Generation Opportunity says 76 percent of Millenials--young people aged 18-29--plan to vote in the general election this November.

Said Rashaad Horne, another FAMU student: "Yes, I do plan on voting this election. I feel like Obama needs another term. We've been in a turmoil as a country and I feel like it's just time to do it again."
Pew Research Center says 66 percent of those under 30 voted for Barack Obama in 2008 making the disparity between young voters and other age groups larger than in any presidential election since 1972.

While young people are a main target for Democrats again this year... a poll shows that only 38 percent of Millennials believe that today's political leaders reflect their interests.

Said Stephanie Cote: "We have to let politicians know that we do care about raises in tutition, scholarships being taken, birth control, abortion and pro-life/pro-choice, gay marriage."

FAMU Student Body Vice President, Michael Jefferson: "They're fired up because this is for a lot of our college students, their first opportunity to vote, especially with freshmen and sophomores. So, we're channeling that excitement, we're making sure that the fire does not die and making sure that they are just as informed."

There are several voter registration drives that will be going on here at FAMU, as well as at FSU and TCC. When we get specific details, we will be sure to pass them on to you.


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