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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  • by What a Nasty Trick on Aug 9, 2012 at 07:38 AM
    Poor stupid kids.. They've been cheated out of an education by union teachers, they've been saddled with crushing debt that will destroy the fabric of their lives, and they think that this is a good thing. The suicide rate will sky rocket when they grow a brain. (Like all true psychopathic predators, the Democrats are preying on the weakest in society.)
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      by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 10:16 AM in reply to What a Nasty Trick
      Educated engaged youth is not the weakest population. It takes reason to get them on your side. The weakest are dump superstitious uneducated masses that can be easily scared into believing whatever people in power need. Anything comes to mind?
  • by iyamacog on Aug 9, 2012 at 07:21 AM
    Oh yeah, BO is gonna solve all our problems. Likes he's done so far. Whatta crock....Talk about brain washing. Drink some more of that koolaide....♥♥
  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 07:01 AM
    Right now we have the greatest president in my lifetime. He has ended on unncessary war and is in the process of ending another, he has eliminated Bin Ladin and destroyed Al Quida leadership, he has implemented a national health care system that has given millions of people access to health care at an affordable cost, he has seen us thru the worst recession created by republicans since the great depression and saved hundreds of thousands of job in the auto industry. What is the republican plan? $5 trillion in tax cuts to the top 1%. This will somehow result in more jobs. They've been saying this for 20 years with no results except the rich get richer and the middle class gets poorer. Obama 2012!!!!
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      by Koolaide on Aug 9, 2012 at 07:36 AM in reply to
      Wow, what every it is that you're drinking, is really great. Anything that will cause you to be so totally and completely delusional should sweep the recreational drug market.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM in reply to Koolaide
        that really hurts, you really know how to give an intelligent response. :)
  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 04:51 AM
    Sounds like a bunch of greedy spoiled children that want more handouts for nothing. The typical Democrat give me, give me, give me, crowd.
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