Student Involvement and Leadership

New Kids on the Block

Youth voting is gaining in strength! So attribute this growth to peer social group interaction on Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube. Why?

Conversation spreads by these means and increasing talk on politics raises your chances of going to the polls. Politicians in the past have not paid much attention to young voters. Decisions on the many issues of this election year, however, will make an enormous impact on the future of current young American adults i.e. you! Now is the time to turn youth voters into a voting block and make politicians pay attention to what you want.

Historically, young voters usually...

A brain drain at the polls?

A recent survey of college students found that engineering, math, science, and education majors voted the least among their peers! That’s pretty troubling news at a time when education, health care, and jobs are hot political topics. Don’t keep what you’ve learned at PLU in the dark. Share your knowledge by shaping society. The world where votes count is the world you live in! (Source: CPS November Voting and Registration Supplements, 1972 to 2004)

...don’t turn out on election day as much as older citizens do. However, a recent 2004 surge in youth voting shows that young adults do care about voting. Student votes are important in furthering the momentum of this surge into Election 2008.

Ages 18-24 & 25+, Voter Turnout in Presidential Years Census Citizen Turnout Method

1972-2004 voters age graph
Quick Links

Student Voting Rights

As a college student, you have the right to vote where you go to college OR in the town where you grew up!
www.vote411.org


OnTheIssues

Provides the voting history of every political leader on every issue available.
www.ontheissues.org


VoteSmart.org

Self-described "Voter's Self-Defense System." The offer basic information on keeping your vote free from partisan influence.
www.votesmart.org