Being able to vote is a privilege in our country and many young students here at the University of Kentucky are taking advantage of that right. An election only comes every 4 years and each year it is getting closer to us getting older and learning more about politics.
An estimated 23 million young Americans under the age of 30 voted in the 2008 presidential election, an increase of 3.4 million compared with 2004.
As would be expected, many young voters were first-time voters: 64% of 18-24 year-olds and 43% of 18-29 year-olds were first time voters. This compares to just 11% of all voters.
Young voters were relatively late to make up their minds: only 50% of young voters said they had made up their minds before September compared to 60% of the entire electorate.
It was speculated before the election, this campaign seemed to mobilize a large number of African American and Latino voters. Forty-five percent of 18-to-29 years-old African-American voters and 61% of 18-to-29 year-old Latino voters cast their ballots for the first time, compared to 37% of young white voters.” from http://www.civicyouth.org/PopUps/FactSheets/FS_08_exit_polls.pdf
I spoke with 3 females who are all first time voters here at the University of Kentucky and many had their own opinions on what sort of issues they were looking for in order to choose who to vote for.
In this YouTube video the first to speak is Junior Shannon Scherer and the second is Sophomore Taylor Dorrough
UK Student and 18-Year-Old Cheyenne Maddox talks about how she decided to vote on her first election:
“Because there’s so much to look at when it comes to deciding who to vote for, I really paid attention to the big issues of today like health care, foreign policy, and the economic situation. I also looked a lot at each of the candidate’s ideas towards higher education since that really affects me personally. I really wanted to make sure I knew as much as I could about each candidate so that I could make an educated decision because that is something that I believe is very important.”