The youth vote is going to be taken seriously by candidates in the upcoming election because the Millenials are interested in politics and will be showing up en masse to vote. The article below points out that "Generation Y" is concerned with various issues, but most importantly, the way that the government functions. Students and workers strive for more control of the government, not through representation but also through direct partcipation. Considering that representatives have thus far been unresponsive to nation-wide anti-war demonstrations, it is time that a new generation take the tools at hand and begin to make their voices heard. Regardless of political stance, Millenials will have to work together to change the status quo through use of projects like the National Initiative and others that are mentioned on this blog. While some candidates have been advocating "change" in their campaigns, only the people can really create a participatory democracy. -Editor
By Michelle Conlin (source: BusinessWeek.com)
Earlier than most of his rivals, Barack Obama sensed that a youthquake was rumbling deep inside the American electorate. For months, his campaign has put a premium on reaching out to YouTube (GOOG) disaffecteds. So far the strategy is paying off, helped along, no doubt, by the candidate's hip, un-boomer persona. The 46-year-old Illinois senator's surprise victory in the Iowa caucuses and close second-place finish to New York Senator Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic primary were fueled largely by hordes of twentysomethings in hoodies—the oft-pierced-and-tattooed generation that has come to be known as the Millennials, or Gen Y.
No one can predict with certainty how much influence this cohort will have on the coming election. After all, youth-backed candidates have faltered before. (Ask Howard Dean.) But the so-called echo baby boom has size on its side: nearly 43 million people aged 18 to 29, according to the Census Bureau, or 20% of registered voters. That and this group's hyperconnectedness (all those Facebook friends and MySpace (NWS) pages) have convinced many pundits and economists that something seismic could be coming.
Across the political spectrum, they say, Millennials are mobilizing around the idea that the federal government's operating system is in dire need of a sweeping update. Iowa and New Hampshire proved that candidates ignore these voters at their peril. Youth turnout surged by 25 percentage points in the Granite State over 2004, according to the Student Public Interest Research Group, which is dedicated to getting young people to the polls.... (Click here to read full article)