Youth Vote Disappointing

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, November 5, 2004
Despite a national push to get young people to the polls, everything from P-Diddy’s “Vote or Die” campaign to M-T-V’s Rock the Vote tour, 2004 was not the breakout year for the youth vote. Alex Barrios of the non-partisan group Democracy Matters helped organize a Rock the Vote concert at Sacramento State. It’s not the type of turnout we were expecting. Young people accounted for 17-percent of overall voters last Tuesday, virtually unchanged from four years ago. Barrios says more needs to be done to encourage young voters. I don’t know what it’s going to take but somehow we have to find ways to motivate more people to become involved, but I’m not completely discouraged. But Barrios points out that although the number of young voters proportionally was the same as in 2000, the actual number of young voters was higher this year, just as the overall national voter turnout was higher. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.