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Rocketta
Nov 9th, 2006, 07:12 AM
Youth turnout in election biggest in 20 years

By Jason Szep
Wed Nov 8, 6:11 PM ET


Young Americans voted in the largest numbers in at least 20 years in congressional elections, energized by the Iraq war and giving a boost to Democrats, pollsters said on Wednesday.


About 24 percent of Americans under the age of 30, or at least 10 million young voters, cast ballots in Tuesday's elections that saw Democrats make big gains in Congress. That was up 4 percentage points from the last mid-term elections in 2002. "This looks like the highest in 20 years," said Mark Lopez, research director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, which compiled the data based on exit polls. "Unfortunately, we can't say if it's a record because don't have good comparable data before 1986."


Rock the Vote, a youth-and-civics group, said young voters favored Democrats by a 22-point margin, nearly three times the margin Democrats earned among other age groups and dealing a potentially decisive blow to Republicans in tight races. "The turnout was awesome," said 21-year-old Katryn Fraher, a political science major at the University of New Mexico who helped build a giant map of local polling stations for her school and was among a group of students walking the campus on Tuesday with a blackboard that counted down the time to vote.


But despite the big turnout, it may not be a record. In the 1982 mid-term election during the Reagan administration, youth turnout reached 27 percent, but that was among voters aged between 18 to 24 instead of under 30 as measured by Wednesday's exit poll estimates. Republican pollster Ed Goeas said young voters could have swayed a number of tight races on Tuesday, noting that of 28 seats Democrats picked up from Republicans in the 435-member House of Representatives, 22 were won by less than 2 percent of the vote and 18 were won by just 5,000 votes or less. "The increase in the youth vote did come into play," he said.


GETTING OUT THE VOTE


As Republicans fought to keep control of Congress, both parties sought to rally young voters who turned out in record numbers in the 2004 presidential election.


At the University of Iowa, some students doubled as "Human Vote Billboards" with messages exhorting students to vote in the battleground state where Democrats won several races. "It went well," said Brant Miller, 24, at the University of Iowa. "We got a bunch of students to get out there and vote." Added Kelly Dolan, 24, at the University of Rhode Island: "The only way we can make politicians pay to attention to people our age is if we turn out in record numbers."


A poll by Harvard University's Institute of Politics last week showed that by a three-to-one margin, young Americans said the country was on the "wrong track." Forty-six percent favored a total troop withdrawal from Iraq within a year, while a third said troops should be withdrawn after the Iraqis take full control. Future elections could also be at stake. The "Generation Y" of Americans born from 1977 to 1994 -- shaped by the September 11 attacks, the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina -- in nine years will make up a third of the electorate.

Kunal
Nov 9th, 2006, 08:17 AM
jon stewart might have something to do with it

Rocketta
Nov 9th, 2006, 06:08 PM
jon stewart might have something to do with it

I think that and BLOGS had a lot to do with it. Young people are computer savy and if information is presented in a form that is interesting to them they will listen. :yeah:

Bacardi
Nov 9th, 2006, 06:30 PM
It's time our generation starts to speak up for itself. Because we ultimately have to deal with the consequences of what's going on. If there were a draft it would hit us hard. Glad to see the turn out from the youth, I'm proud we're getting out in numbers and proving to be slightly more Democrat! ;)

kiwifan
Nov 9th, 2006, 08:38 PM
jon stewart might have something to do with it

I think sending their young asses off to get blown up overseas, might have something to do with it. :lol:

Sure did in the '60s. ;)

Youth culture post Korea. ;)

Youth culture post WW I. ;)

The youth probably took the bull by the horns post big cave man tribal wars...

Has something to do with Caveman Bush not actually having to get hit by any rocks while the Caveman "Country Joe" returned with big knots on his heads and said, "Fuck you man, that sucked, 'what are we fighting for, anyway?'"


"And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game."

:p

mykarma
Nov 9th, 2006, 10:29 PM
Youth turnout in election biggest in 20 years

By Jason Szep
Wed Nov 8, 6:11 PM ET


Young Americans voted in the largest numbers in at least 20 years in congressional elections, energized by the Iraq war and giving a boost to Democrats, pollsters said on Wednesday.


About 24 percent of Americans under the age of 30, or at least 10 million young voters, cast ballots in Tuesday's elections that saw Democrats make big gains in Congress. That was up 4 percentage points from the last mid-term elections in 2002. "This looks like the highest in 20 years," said Mark Lopez, research director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, which compiled the data based on exit polls. "Unfortunately, we can't say if it's a record because don't have good comparable data before 1986."


Rock the Vote, a youth-and-civics group, said young voters favored Democrats by a 22-point margin, nearly three times the margin Democrats earned among other age groups and dealing a potentially decisive blow to Republicans in tight races. "The turnout was awesome," said 21-year-old Katryn Fraher, a political science major at the University of New Mexico who helped build a giant map of local polling stations for her school and was among a group of students walking the campus on Tuesday with a blackboard that counted down the time to vote.


But despite the big turnout, it may not be a record. In the 1982 mid-term election during the Reagan administration, youth turnout reached 27 percent, but that was among voters aged between 18 to 24 instead of under 30 as measured by Wednesday's exit poll estimates. Republican pollster Ed Goeas said young voters could have swayed a number of tight races on Tuesday, noting that of 28 seats Democrats picked up from Republicans in the 435-member House of Representatives, 22 were won by less than 2 percent of the vote and 18 were won by just 5,000 votes or less. "The increase in the youth vote did come into play," he said.


GETTING OUT THE VOTE


As Republicans fought to keep control of Congress, both parties sought to rally young voters who turned out in record numbers in the 2004 presidential election.


At the University of Iowa, some students doubled as "Human Vote Billboards" with messages exhorting students to vote in the battleground state where Democrats won several races. "It went well," said Brant Miller, 24, at the University of Iowa. "We got a bunch of students to get out there and vote." Added Kelly Dolan, 24, at the University of Rhode Island: "The only way we can make politicians pay to attention to people our age is if we turn out in record numbers."


A poll by Harvard University's Institute of Politics last week showed that by a three-to-one margin, young Americans said the country was on the "wrong track." Forty-six percent favored a total troop withdrawal from Iraq within a year, while a third said troops should be withdrawn after the Iraqis take full control. Future elections could also be at stake. The "Generation Y" of Americans born from 1977 to 1994 -- shaped by the September 11 attacks, the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina -- in nine years will make up a third of the electorate.

How about this youngster and her determination to vote.

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/15960620.htm

Anna Urban has been voting since Franklin D. Roosevelt was president and wasn't about to miss an election.

When the 95-year-old Reading resident didn't have a ride to the polls Tuesday, she didn't hesitate. She dialed 911.

Dispatchers forwarded the call to the Berks County Election Services office, where it was considered a compliment.

"To call 911 and ask for help to vote really says a lot," said Deborah M. Olivieri, election services director. "It meant a lot to everyone in this office; it made us feel what we do is worthwhile."

County Commissioner Judith L. Schwank immediately picked up Urban, and Urban walked to the voting booth at Millmont Elementary School on her arm.

"All my life I voted," said Urban, a Democrat, who cast her first ballot in the 1930s. "You need to vote to be a good citizen."


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Rocketta
Nov 9th, 2006, 10:49 PM
awww, that's sweet Karma. :hearts:

wta_zuperfann
Nov 10th, 2006, 01:12 PM
Here in Minnesota (which has the highest percentage of voter participation in the USA), student tuition in colleges has gone up dramatically and state financing of those schools has gone down. Unfortunately, we have a Repukeblican governor who believes that welfare for the wealthy is a God ordained mandate and he doesn't give a flying sh*t about the children of the poor and working classes. This motivated young people to vote for change.

I would not doubt for a moment that this reflects what happened throughout the other states as well.

Rocketta
Nov 10th, 2006, 04:12 PM
Here in Minnesota (which has the highest percentage of voter participation in the USA), student tuition in colleges has gone up dramatically and state financing of those schools has gone down. Unfortunately, we have a Repukeblican governor who believes that welfare for the wealthy is a God ordained mandate and he doesn't give a flying sh*t about the children of the poor and working classes. This motivated young people to vote for change.

I would not doubt for a moment that this reflects what happened throughout the other states as well.

Well the aid going down and tuition going up definitely reflects what's going on here in NC.

Scotso
Nov 10th, 2006, 11:33 PM
It's good for Democracy AND for liberals ;) when young people get involved. But still... only 24%? That's a shame.

We need to make voting mandatory.