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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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