More youth taking interest in election is a positive sign What other say

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2004

The news is abuzz about how the "youth vote" didn't materialize as expected in the presidential election.

But more thumbs should be up than down in this case.

Granted, voting by 18- to 29-year-olds amounted to about the same 18 percent of total ballots cast as in the 2000 presidential election, The Associated Press reports.

This despite intense wooing by the major political campaigns, their strategists, and a galaxy of actors, movie stars and television networks such as MTV urging younger voters to "Choose or Lose."

Yet, because of Tuesday's record turnout the largest in 36 years the actual numbers of young people voting topped 2000 by 9.2 percent, Cox News Service reports.

Not a jump of mega-proportions, perhaps, but positive and significant.

Many young people poured themselves into this election, from sifting out candidate positions in figuring out how to vote to volunteering for poll and campaign work.

Like many of us, they stayed glued to the tube, expressed their views and showed up to be counted on Election Day.

The future of our country should be brighter because of it.

The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) - Nov. 8

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