Just an FYI on Voter Turn out, on us Young people, that is

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    Nov 04, 2008 8:10 PM GMT
    Hey, I'm at VT, just a few days from being 19. And I got to VT.

    I know there are some of us who are skeptical about the turn-outs of young people in my age group. I can't tell you about everyone, but I can tell you about VT (that is, other than its pure awesomeness).

    The voter drive here has been epic. I can sum it up with the following:
    I am in an all-male dorm. A woman with a lot of vote pins just came to my room, asked for me, and asked whether I had voted or not. She did not ask my room mate, he had done absentee ballot. Still, that implies that she knew he was doing absentee ballot and I was voting locally. I don't understand how she knew, but I was impressed (enough to write this).

    And this drive started months ago.

    There was the drive to get people to vote locally or ensure they had an absentee ballot or just be registered. It was so serious I could not go to class or get some food without being asked this some days. That was several months.

    Then there was some confusion about local registration and how it removed one's scholarship or something along those lines. An official Obama spokesman along with government officials disproved this in a public announcement.

    McCain's mom came here a few days ago and thanked the Republican office for all the work they had done, which is right on main street, right next to the university...

    Which is also three blocks or so from the Obama campaign office...

    Who have had MoveOn.org call me twice to get me to help people turn out the vote.

    Then there was the controversy (one of my teacher calls it that) of having the students who registered locally vote in an out-of-reach place. So there are vans running from campus to the polling station to ensure its easy for everyone to vote. The controversy is that the elected officials who made it so difficult said they wanted to encourage kids to absentee ballot so as to not mess up the local election-which was a joke-only one local office had two people running. The teacher says they didn't want us to vote as we'd be Democrat mostly. Anyways...

    This morning when I left my dorm to go and vote (and my free Starbucks coffee, which sucked), there was chalk everywhere on the concrete telling us to vote. Every corssroads and in-between was marked with get out the vote stuff. There were signs, fliers, and others too.

    This is long, but the point is we're voting. Maybe as much as back in the day.

    And I just though some of you guys might wanna know.
  • EricLA

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    Nov 04, 2008 8:45 PM GMT
    Congrats LGWC, and thanks for participating in the process. Not every election, even a presidential election, is as exciting or historic as this one. So try to be engaged in the other elections, too.
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    Nov 05, 2008 1:03 AM GMT
    I work in a UNL dining hall, right in the heart of the campus. We serve about 2,000 people a meal.

    I've seen more people with "I voted today" stickers then without, including our staff.

    I'm shocked, honestly.
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    Nov 05, 2008 1:08 AM GMT
    very cool... very, very cool.
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    Nov 05, 2008 3:16 AM GMT
    I also have seen an inordinate number of "I voted" stickers on people, young and old, and around here we even have highschoolers getting in on the action; kids who can't vote yet are out there making sure those of us who can, actually do.
  • ilprincipe

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    Nov 05, 2008 6:06 AM GMT
    the point is, you voted, and it mattered... and, yes, we can!
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    Nov 05, 2008 6:41 AM GMT
    Congratulations to all first-time voters.

    I cast my virgin vote while a college senior - for McGovern, since you asked. (Yes, your hair may turn gray someday, too.)

    Gwg, that was back in Nebraska - great to read your report from Lincoln.

    Very exciting to see the great turnout in general, and especially from young voters.