The 2008 election experienced a youth movement that was unprecedented in the United States history. According to CIRCLE.com, the youth voter turnout rose 51.1 percent, which is the third highest rate ever. 2 million more young people voted in 2008 than in 2004. But how will this trend be in 2012? Furthermore, will the young voters cast their ballot for the same party, or will they change their vote from 2008? Also, since we are all able to register to vote in North Carolina, where are young voters registered to vote?
Political Science professor and Assistant Director of the Elon University Poll Dr. Jason Husser offered some insight.
“In 2008, we saw young voters (18-25) leaning towards Democrats at a rate relatively higher than their older counterparts. That trend seems to continue in 2012. What has changed is that, generally, young voters appear less enthusiastic than they were four years ago,” Husser said.
A Gallup poll conducted in July found that only 58 percent of 18-29 year olds say they intend to vote this year, the lowest percentage of any age demographic.
Senior Max Rodman is one such student who plans to not vote in November.
“I personally agree with the Republican Party when it comes to issues with the economy, and generally the Democratic Party when it comes to social issues. And I feel that neither party represents my views fully; neither candidate stands out to me,” Rodman said.
However, some students are taking their voting responsibilities more seriously and are contemplating where to register to vote. Senior Carter Jensen talked about his desire to change his registration.
“I was registered to vote in Connecticut but because North Carolina is a battleground state, I figured I’ll register to vote here and give Romney a chance to win North Carolina,” Jensen said.