American citizens born by November 6, 1994 will be eligible to vote in this year’s presidential election, but even those youths born before that date are paying attention to our political process. The youth vote usually leans to the left, but Republicans are heavily courting this voting bloc in 2012. President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for the White House fairly revolutionized how political parties reach out to young voters with its strong and far-reaching network and use of the Internet to reach tech-savvy voters - and 2012 is no different.
Mitt Romney has stepped up his youth ground game and both candidates have smart phone apps available, with Romney’s campaign opting to announce its pick of Paul Ryan for vice president via their app. Youth voters see America differently and they’re far less concerned about traditionally Republican issues like gay marriage and abortion. And because they’ve come of age in a post-Great Recession world, jobs and employment are hot button issues.
Are you a young voter? Which candidate best represents your view of the future of America?
Heather Smith, president, Rock the Vote
Rod Snyder, President of the Young Democrats of America
Young Voters Interviewed:
Janet Lopez, 17, senior at Dorsey High School, student body president
Andrea Excellent, 17, senior at Dorsey High School, student body vice president
Jesus Romo, 16, senior at Venice High School, member of student leadership class
Roxanne Echavarria, 17, senior at Venice High School, member of student leadership class
Nathan Kandouw, 17, senior at University High School, member of student leadership class
Kendal Schutt, 16, senior at University High School, member of student leadership class