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Play Button  Extras - Not Energized - College Freshman Colton Rachal explains why he’s not energized about this year’s presidential election.
Play Button  Extras - Very Energized - College Freshman Braylon Hyde says he is very energized about the current election.
Play Button  Extras - The Economy - College student Allie Hebert indicates the issue most important to her in the election.
Play Button  Extras - Fairness - For college Senior Alexander Duchene, all issues in this race boil down to fairness.
Play Button  Extras - Electoral College - College Senior Adria Porch isn’t enthused about the current Electoral College process.
Play Button  Extras - My Vote Counts - College Junior Matt Novak explains why his vote matters.
Play Button  Extras - Our Voices Heard - College Junior Christopher Ambrogio outlines the importance of voting for the younger demographic.
Play Button  Extras - Honor Vets Vote - Louisiana’s Secretary of State Tom Schedler explains his office’s voting initiative triggered by a trip to the Middle East.
Play Button  Extras - No TV Sets - Political analyst and Shreveport native, Charlie Cook, describes how younger people get their news.
Play Button  Extras - Youth Engagement - LSU Mass Comm. and Political Science Asst. Professor Rosanne Scholl, Ph.D. explains how today’s youth engage in politics differently.

10/12 - Louisiana’s Youth Vote 2012

How energized are young voters about this year’s presidential race?

In 2008, voter turnout in Louisiana among 18-29 year olds increased 4 percent from the previous presidential election, two percentage points higher than the national average. But research shows that young voters are significantly less engaged in this year’s election than at a comparable point in 2008 and now lag far behind older voters in interest in the campaign and intention to vote. So, how energized are the state’s young voters about this year’s presidential race? What issues matter most to this demographic? And where does this voting bloc stand on the two political parties’ platforms? Watch Louisiana Public Square as it explores these questions and more on “Louisiana’s Youth Vote 2012” airing Wednesday, October 24, at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

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On July 1, 1971 the 26th Amendment was ratified, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. Since that time, voting participation by younger voters has been inconsistent despite the voting power held by this demographic. According to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE): Nationwide, 46 million young people ages 18-29 years old are eligible to vote.

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Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office – Register online and print an election ballot

GeauxVote Mobile App – Louisiana voter assistance free app for mobile devices

PAR Voter’s Guide – A guide to the 9 proposed state constitutional amendments on Nov 6th ballot from Public Affairs Research Council

“Millennial” I.D. test – How do your views compare to 18-29 year olds’? Take this Pew Center quiz.

Center for Information & Research on Civic Leadership (C.I.R.C.L.E.) – Information on Youth Voting in U.S.

Louisiana Youth Voting – Information from C.I.R.C.L.E. on Louisiana’s youth vote

Youth Engagement Study – Survey by Pew Research Center on youth & 2012 election

“What Happened to Hope and Change?” – Report by LSU Public Policy Research Lab on 2008 1st-time voters

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Posted by Mark  on  10/24  at  07:56 PM

I watched Louisiana Youth Vote 2012, and I’m writing to praise the moderator. He was friendly and upbeat, professional without talking down to the youth, and I love that I could not tell who he was planning to vote for in the election. He was impartial in a manner that should make those who love good journalism proud. The participants were able to reveal their positions/parties without being favored or discouraged by him. Also, I am impressed that the participants were civil and respectful of each other. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Ms. Cynthia Donnelly  on  10/26  at  09:17 AM
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