Young Voters Turn Out in Record Numbers

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

This election is not like the elections of the past.

Brittany Larue will be a freshman this spring at WKU. She says, "I think most people just realized that it does affect them. It does affect their future; it does affect them right now."

Larue is one of the few young people working the polls in this year's election. She says she's seen a great deal of young voters turn out at this precinct on 13th Ave. And they have strong convictions for wanting their voices heard.

Amelia Farmer is a WKU Senior. She says, "I'm a graduating senior and I'm looking toward finding a job in the next year and I think a lot of people are taking that into consideration. And a lot of people are looking at whether or not we're going to be the ones going to war because we're the ones that soon will be in charge of this country."

Kyle Marklin is a WKU Junior. He says, "I know I voted for some people that advertised in the college paper. Tried to campaign on campus. It made me feel like they really cared about our vote. And everybody knows there are enough young people that we can make a difference when we do vote."

The young people we spoke to say they plan on staying involved in future elections.

Larue says, "Definitely. I plan on doing it till I leave, if I ever leave, Bowling Green."

Young voters are made up of 18-29 year olds. Approximately one-fifth of Americans are young voters. Research shows more young people at the polls this year can be attributed to artists popular with Generation X encouraging young people to exercise their right to vote.

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