With all the talk about the latest Gallup polls and which states will be painted red or blue on November 4th, many have forgot about the youth vote in this year’s election. Although in the past two elections in 2000 and 2004, the youth vote has only represented 17 percent of the electorate, this year could be the election where the millennial generation’s voice is heard.
As many youth voters are worried about the job market after their graduation and the high cost of college tuition, the millennial generation in this election may have among the greatest stake in who becomes the next president.
Many around the country realize this clearly.
At Georgetown University in Washington DC, the focus has on the election has been felt by the students who study just two and a half miles from where the new president will be living.
“The campus has been very active in this presidential election,” said John Ockay a sophomore mathematics major at Georgetown. “Red Square is where many people go out and set up tables for particular movements and there have been tables with students for Obama and McCain there since the beginning of school. Being in Washington definitely makes all the students excited for the election as all students are being encouraged to vote by fellow students and faculty. Also the school gives students off on inauguration day so all can go and see the new president sworn in.”
Boston College located just outside the city of Boston has also felt the effect of the election.
“The college has been taken over by a feeling among all students of the importance of this election,” said Eric Morgan a sophomore economics major at the college. “There have been mock debates where students represent a particular candidate and debate one another. The young republicans and democrats societies have been particularly active in holding Rock the Vote campaigns aimed at getting people to register and get out to vote. The school has really been very helpful in educating all students to get out and be involved.”
New York University is located in one of the most diverse areas of the largest city in the United States.
“At the college there are about 500 people who are active on a daily basis,” said Stan Gasiewski a sports management major at NYU. “These people are out every day in either Washington Square Park or the Kimmel Center as a very active part off the republican and democratic clubs on campus. The way these students generally do this is by registering voters and holding rallies for a candidate. The feeling on campus is palpable and seen every day. For example my dorm will be turned into a polling station on election day so the feeling is very present.”
Chicago is the home of Senator Barack Obama and The University of Chicago where Obama was a law professor.
“The school has been abuzz ever since Obama won the Democratic nomination,” said Patrick Giamario a sophomore public policy and social work dual-major at the school. “Obama lives 3 blocks away from the campus and many students are very involved in the campaigns of both candidates. Many students work at Obama’s National Headquarters due to its close proximity and have been active in going to Wisconsin and Indiana to register voters. Many student groups are also organized on campus for both candidates that have been helpful in informing many students on important topics.”
Colorado is a swing state in this year’s election and The University of Colorado at Boulder has felt the effects of this.
“The campus has been extremely active in this election,” said Adam Witzberg a sophomore at the college. “The other week Michelle Obama spoke at Ferrand Field, but the campus had been buzzing since before then. Everyday there have been tables of students who were registering voters outside the dining hall. The groups have been extremely active in signing up new voters all over the campus.”
The state of Georgia represents a very diverse population and has become a competitive state in this year’s election.
“The campus has been active but not as much as I would have expected,” said Gilberto Estupinan a sophomore civil engineering major at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. “The school has had days where they registered voters and changed their addresses to their campus address so they can vote. The large feeling of excitement is really gone because the campus is predominately for Senator McCain so many people most likely feel as though their vote does not make a real difference.”
As the election nears, the millennial generation has taken the election into their hands, but the question of whether or not this difference will be felt, will be answered on November 4th.