Since 1971, when 18- to 20-year-olds were first given the
, young voters’ participation in elections has plummeted.
Nationally, youth voting has declined by 13%. Idaho has seen a
drop in youth voting
over the past 20 years. Major public
campaigns haven’t seemed to work; with the exception
of 1992, when Rock
first premiered, youth voting has been on the decline.
Yet polls show that young people say this election is
more important to them. An April 2004 Harvard University survey of college students showed that 62% said they "definitely" planned to vote this November.
Our First Vote participants are definitely ready
to exercise their right to vote, and encourage others to
"I’m going to vote; I’m going to stand for something
in my country," says Sara Goldstein, 19.
"You have to really ask yourself--who, where do I
want to be, and what do I want to be in four years?" says
Gunnar Larson, 19.