I’ve been so emotional today. Last night as I watched the presidential candidates give their respective speeches, I couldn’t help but be thankful that I’m witnessing this part of history. America has elected the first black president and has called for change. More importantly, young voters have called for change. This was the first presidential election that I was able to vote in, and all I have to say is that I’m one for one. I’m sure the candidates will be fighting over my individual vote next election with this kind of record.
I hoped that no matter what the outcome, young voters would prove themselves as a crucial demographic in this presidential election. For so long our generation has been criticized as lazy and uninterested in important issues, but this election showed young voters taking a stand and making a difference. A difference that will bring change to America. A difference that is making history.
Rock the Vote reported that “approximately 24 million 18 to 29 year-olds cast ballots in this historic election, a turnout rate of 55%, up 6 percentage points from 2004.” Young voters made up 18 percent of all voters this election. “In Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, and other states, young people propelled Barack Obama to victory. Nationwide, 66% of 18-29 year olds voted for the President-Elect; state-by-state, this strong support made the difference in a number of contests.”
The youth turnout makes a statement. We’ve demanded and affected change.