Young voters hope to make a difference in Nov. election

By: Taylor Temby Email
By: Taylor Temby Email

President Obama is re-gearing his message to a new demographic of voters this election season: those college-aged and younger. KKCO 11 News spoke with new voters and those in school to see what issues are going to swing their votes this November.

Some vote, and some don't. For these teens and 20-somethings, it's an all too common message.

"We’re the ones that don't turn out to vote yet, we're the ones that are going to have to face these issues in the future," 21-year old college student Megan Velarde said of her lessons in school. "I think it's kind of typical of this age."

Some want to stray away from this reputation, however, and now this election season brings an opportunity to change the future.

“Kind of get our feet wet, and see, who are we voting for, why are we voting, and is this really as important as everyone says," 19-year old first time voter Carson Laudadio said.

President Obama’s visit brought out a younger demographic, their concerns far wiser than their ages might let on.

"As I’m graduating from high school, I’m really interested in education policy, and as I’m going off to college and kind of dealing with that expense burden," 18-year old first time voter Emily Miller said.

Whether it's dealing with the education system itself, or the expense and looming debt of going to college, education is on many minds.

"We hear a lot about other education systems, and how we're falling behind," Miller said.

"It’s important to me to be here to listen to the president and his policies and how his policies are going to affect these Pell Grants and my college career," 29-year old college student and veteran Jonathon Vigil added.

These students are doing what they've been taught in school for so many years: asking questions.

"I just don't want to be a hypocrite, and be one of those ignorant voters. I want to be one who knows both sides of the story so I can make the best decision for my country," Laudadio said.

And if those questions are answered, they can vote and maybe change what their future holds.

Vigil says the democratic party has really taken an interest in using digital platforms and that could also encourage more young people to take an interest in politics.

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