Florida Youth and Voting

By: Troy Kinsey
By: Troy Kinsey

Tallahassee, FL - Over the past decade, the youth vote has become a potent force in American politics. A vast majority of young people vote Democratic. It may be no coincidence Washington is now controlled by Democrats.
But for that to continue, young voters have to keep turning out.
"Are you registered to vote?"
On college campuses up and down the Sunshine State, a massive voter registration drive is on. It's being conducted by the Florida Public Interest Research Group. While it may be a non-partisan effort, the more young people who are registered, the better Democrats may fare come election day.
That's important, because polls indicate we could be on the verge of a Republican 'wave' election, driven by voters who aren't happy with Congress or President Obama.
By and large, Democrats who turned out in 2008 aren't nearly as enthusiasitc about turning out this time around. That's why the drive is trying to get students engaged on the issues, like health care reform - a key Democratic priority.
Organizers are passing out booklets detailing exactly how the law benefits young people.
Katryn Fraher, PIRG Campus Organizer, says, "In 2008, a lot of students got involved then. And they're going to continue to be involved; they're not going to just drop it off. Yes, you're going to see a lesser number than in the presidential election, but there's a lot more students involved than in 2006."
Historically, getting young people to vote - especially in a mid-term election - has been quite the challenge. It may be even more so now, given that the man who drove the youth vote in 2008 - Barack Obama - isn't on the ballot.


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  • by ETurnage Location: Turnage on Oct 3, 2010 at 09:28 AM
    Thats the same age group that doesn't have enough common sense to use a crosswalk on West Tennessee Street. We have Obama because the same irresponsibility and immaturity went to the polls with them. It's their generation and beyond that will deal with the financial, moral, and social repercussions. They have both my pity and the blame....
  • by suck it up, tighten your belt Location: America on Oct 1, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    Hey young folks...it doesn't really matter who gets control of congress now....Elections have consequences and the results of obama's election is going to haunt you for decades and you can't change it.
  • by anon Location: tally on Oct 1, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    RY...."17 months into Obama's administration, Federal income tax for most families and individuals has actually decreased." Explain that....please?
  • by gus Location: tally on Oct 1, 2010 at 08:21 AM
    Most of those are sittting out becuase they knew they were ill informed and expected others to do the due diligence to be properly informed...and they are the true racists, since many only voted for Obama becuase of his skin color. DC....get a clue...the is what the dems, who took over conress in 06, handed to him!
  • by dc Location: Tallahassee on Oct 1, 2010 at 06:33 AM
    President Obama is doing the very best he can under the circumstances. When he became President, he inherited all the things that former President George Bush did and did not do. It is going to take time to clean up the mess. Young people and everyone, voting is your right and it is a privilege. Please do not lose it.
  • by Bob Location: Jasper on Oct 1, 2010 at 06:04 AM
    Could it be that the young are learning a lesson here. That lesson being, despite what their liberal school teachers taught them, socialism is not the way to go. Unions only help for a little while, then they hurt. And most importantly, that most, if not all, politicians will say anything to get elected and then ignore it when they are. A great example is Charlie Christ. Started as a conservative republican, now a liberal closet democrat. Learn young people, learn well. You will be the ones paying the taxes to fix the mess we are in now!!!!
  • by dog Location: gone on Oct 1, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    Hope the 18-29 yr olds have learned something form oboma, like TAX , TAX, TAX, and YOUR going to pay for all of HIS "change" .
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