Election 2010: Will young people vote?
When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, many political pundits credited the high youth voter turnout as a deciding factor in his win. Traditionally, when youth actually turn out to the polls, they have a big impact on elections. But young voter — 18-29 — turnout for mid-term elections is often low. Only 43 percent of young voters participated in the 2006 mid-term election in Minnesota.
ThreeSixty reporters investigated what is motivating young voters, and what in politics is driving them away from voting. And Twin Cities teens wrote in to explain why they would or wouldn’t vote in this upcoming election.