Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Is it me or is there almost NO MENTION of the youth vote?

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (Through 2005) Donate to DU
 
He loved Big Brother Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:43 PM
Original message
Is it me or is there almost NO MENTION of the youth vote?
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 03:43 PM by HeLovedBigBrother
And I don't mean college student voter-outreach organizations...I mean the entire 18-25 demographic that almost no candidate mentions. We get excited, we are technologically wired, and we are a vast untapped resurce of votes. But when it comes to any candidate specifically courting my age-group for potential votes, I feel almost invisible. What about our concerns, our issues?

The youth vote is a huge demographic, and should be examined more closely.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
DemVet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:45 PM
Response to Original message
1. Perhaps a huge demographic, but....
....one with poor voter turnout. You can work to change that, however. Take the ball and run with it. Nobody's going to carry it for you.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
dofus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:47 PM
Response to Original message
2. I'm seeing lots of people
in that age group at the Dean meetups. Also on the bus to Indianola, Iowa. Maybe they're all Dean fans? :o
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
nonconformist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:52 PM
Response to Original message
3. I'm not in that demographic, but...
I'm just outside of it at 30. I know several people who fall in that demo though, and most are leaning towards Dean at the moment. I've also heard a lot about Dean inspiring young/first-time voters. It's still early, but that's the buzz I hear from people in their early 20's that I know personally.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
MGKrebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:00 PM
Response to Original message
4. May I suggest:
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 04:08 PM by MGKrebs
http://www.generationdean.org/MyGenDean/register.php

Where are you? Dean will be at the College of Charleston (South Carolina) Oct. 3 for a GenDean event. Charleston is a beautiful town if you can make it. I'm 46 years old and thinking of going to help volunteer just for the excuse to go to Charleston!

edit: the above link is the signup page. Here is the normal page that tells more about GenDeaN: http://www.generationdean.org
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
rusk2003 Donating Member (224 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:01 PM
Response to Original message
5. Iam also in that age group and I think
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 04:05 PM by rusk2003
they genrally vote Democrat especially now with the War and all A few months ago I remenber reading about President Clinton speaking at a High School and a college getting some surrport up for the Democratic Party. and some democratic canadaite announcing their run for President at a college. And with the candaites talking about JOBS 401ks which I think most people in that age 18-25 who are not in college will be concerned about that along wiht other important issues.

Perhaps you might could start a lobby for that group. I think at least half of the people at moveon.org are under 30.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
mandyky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:05 PM
Response to Original message
6. Actually just this morning on CSpan,
the hip hop folks and the WWF joined forces to get out the very demographic you mention. Howard Dean has Generation Dean.

I suggest for all you youngsters, or people with young friends, to talk to them about how important voting is.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
roughsatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:19 PM
Response to Original message
7. I was wondering the other day if there is a voter age group break-down
One that shows the percentages of how many are registered and then how many vote. If anyone knows a link to such a study, I would appreciate it.

I have read that senior citizens have the highest percentage turnout.

Younger voters tend to favor Democrats so it would be great to start a registration drive aimed at this demographic. (Dem, pun intended.)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
F.Gordon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:22 PM
Response to Original message
8. "You" typically don't vote
Which is sad because all the crap the "adults" are doing right now will effect you the most. Selling off your jobs to the Indo-Chinese market, Social Security coffer shrinking, the Environment, and on and on........

Yes, it is a huge demographic and it has been examined closely. "You" (and I don't mean YOU specifically) don't really have any concerns or issues that will drive you to vote. I'm glad that you are at least aware of this.

At my one and only "meetup" this year it was my first question. "Where they hell are all the young people?"
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Mon Dec 22nd 2014, 06:47 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (Through 2005) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC