Rocking the Vote

...to pay attention and vote.
...to pay attention and vote.

At both the Obama and Clinton events last week, I was surprised and impressed by the number of high school and college aged people in attendance. As a high school student, I'm accustomed to peers who can't name our national senators and have never heard of Karl Rove or Condoleezza Rice. A classmate who once asked me what happens on inauguration day is now following the campaigns of the presidential hopefuls religiously. It seems this newfound interest in politics among young people is not limited to Albuquerque. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), the number of 17 to 29-year-olds who voted in the Iowa caucuses this year was triple that of 2004. The reason? It could just be frustration with the current administration, but I'm hoping young people have finally realized that if we don't act now, we're going to inherit a lot of serious long-term problems.

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