Tapping the youth vote.Byline: Diane Dietz The Register-Guard
Candidates who discount youth issues because they believe young people don't care
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A punishment or retribution that one deserves; one's just deserts: "It's a chance to strike back at the critical brotherhood and give each his comeuppance for evaluative sins of the past" , say members of the Student Voter Coalition, which has registered 5,000 students at the University of Oregon The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. The university was founded in 1876, graduating its first class two years later. The University of Oregon is one of 60 members of the Association of American Universities. since September.
"Cynicism doesn't win elections. Growing an informed, active electorate wins elections," said Anna Galland, a 27-year-old organizer with the coalition. Look back at the 2004 general election, and you'll see that "students did and do vote," Galland said.
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attentiveness, heed, regard to the concerns of students and young working people ages 18 to 29, sometimes called "Generation Y," will be increasingly important in future years, agrees Christopher Arterton, dean of the George Washington Graduate School of Political Management, which houses Young Voter Strategies Young Voter Strategies is a research organization in the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University. It analyzes youth voting in the United States and provides prescriptive information to increase turnout from that demographic. .
`Generation Y is large, increasingly active, and up for grabs politically,' Arterton said. `Parties should take note - in today's evenly divided electorate, whoever wins over young voters will win close elections in the short run and likely be the party in power in the long run.'
But so far, youth vote organizers say they're unimpressed by the amount of attention that politicians are giving to their top issues: the cost of college, the burden of educational debt, low-wage jobs and the Iraq war Iraq War: see under Persian Gulf Wars.
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The reason is simple, Oregon Secretary of State The Secretary of State of Oregon, an elected constitutional officer within the executive branch of government, is first in line of succession to the Governor. The duties of office are: auditor of public accounts, chief elections officer, and administrator of public records. Bill Bradbury Bill Bradbury (born 1949) is the Secretary of State for the U.S. state of Oregon. Bradbury, a Democrat, previously served in the Oregon Legislative Assembly, and ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Senator Gordon Smith in 2002. said.
Early in the campaign season, candidates take surveys to identify issues important to people in their districts, then pare the lists down based on the priorities of "likely" voters. The second list forms the basis of their message, Bradbury said.
"On the issues that matter to the larger public, things like college tuition The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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College tuition might be high," he said. "But when you look at likely voters, college tuition falls to the bottom of the list, because who are the likely voters? In a high-turnout election, the median age of voters was 50, and in a low-turnout election it's 60."
Organizers believe they're energizing energizing,
adj giving energy to; revitalizing; rejuvenating. the young electorate, but youths are not yet showing up as likely voters in candidate polls, Bradbury said. "Thus far, you ignore them and there's not been any peril because they don't vote."
But the peril is growing, because demographic patterns show that Generation Y will make up a quarter of the country's population by 2016, says Kathleen Barr Kathleen Barr is a Canadian voice actor. She has been credited as Kathleen Baar. Filmography
Smart parties and candidates should be developing brand loyalty with young voters, Barr said. "Voting is a habit, but so is partisanship. Who ever reaches out to them now is definitely smart."
This election, Generation Y is trending strongly toward the Democrats, polls by Young Voter Strategies indicate. In one, 65 percent of 18- to 29 year olds rate the Democratic Party favorably, while 25 percent rate it unfavorably.
That had one Democratic analyst licking his chops. They could be a "permanently aligning cohort," he wrote.
But it might simply reflect today's political climate, Barr said. Research from Harvard University has indicated that Generation Y loosely falls one-third each Democrat, Republican and independent.
University of Oregon student Jessica Crowell, for instance, comes from a deeply conservative family. She said her grandfather was a member of the Reagan administration.
Crowell favors fiscally conservative government, but leans toward socially liberal public policies. Coming to the UO "has brought me closer to the middle a little bit," she said, "(Still) I usually line up more with Republicans."
UO accounting student Chris Hermann tends to lean Democratic on "humanity type issues." Even so, "I'm also in the business school here so I get a lot of that kind of influence here, too," Hermann said.
Barr said wise politicians will bone up on issues that matter to young people.
"They're not some odd, separate part of the electorate. They're just younger, older voters," she said.
- Diane Dietz