Election Day is over and the votes are in. Finally we can catch a breather from all of the campaign propaganda. I find myself anxiously awaiting the official tally for the state’s youth vote.
It’s a pretty well-known fact that in recent years, a lot of emphasis has been placed on the importance of our generation’s vote. Take, for example, MTV’s “Rock the Vote” campaign and the significant increase of voters ages 19 to 25 seen in the last presidential election. And although midterm elections typically see less of a voter turnout, the youth vote was still very much targeted this time around.
I was particularly taken aback by a certain CU group on campus this year. I don’t doubt this group in having the best of intentions, but I’m afraid that its tactics may have done more harm than good.
Pledge cards were distributed several times throughout the week in a multitude of student hot-spots. The cards, requiring student signatures accompanied by the promise to vote, were almost forced upon students in a way that said, “It is imperative that you vote so as to ensure our generation is not lost… but no one’s forcing you to. No one’s saying you have to do this, but you really should.”
Encouraging student participation is certainly something to be respected. I fear, however, that these pledge cards may have pushed students to vote, despite the fact that many were uneducated and ill-informed.
It’s hard enough for students and people alike to wade through all the political propaganda in search of truth and honesty. But add to it the fact that some students weren’t very concerned with the elections to begin with, and things begin to get abysmal.
So a few unanswered questions now remain: How many of you young bucks decided to turn out for this election after all? And more importantly, how many of you feel you know exactly what you were voting for?