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Young Voters Stay Connected to Election

September 7, 2012, 6:12 PM by Brady Mallory

Young Voters Stay Connected to Election
BROOKINGS, SD -

The Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention are history and now all types of people voters of all ages have the next few months to think about the future of America. 

This year's election could come down to how the young voters cast their ballots.  Some issues young people say they care about are education, financial aid programs, gay marriage and healthcare.

"When you look at Obama or Romney, this is the first time we have a clear choice between candidates.  They both believe such different things.  There's no way you can't be a decided voter," Hassan Ali said. 

Ali is the President for the SDSU College Democrats.  He tuned into both conventions. 

Nineteen-year-old Hannah Logue is excited to be part of the decision when she heads to polls for the first time ever.  However, she was not so enthusiastic about either convention.  In fact, she skipped watching them.

"I personally don't own a TV," Logue said.

Students do not have to be glued to the TV to be politically informed.  These days if you have a phone, whether you like it or not, you are part of the political conversation.

"The facebook feed is full of your friends debating it. Your friends sharing their points of view about the conventions. You can't miss politics. It's on facebook, it's on twitter, it's everywhere," Ali said.

Of course, now comes the task of weeding out opinions and mis-information.  However, most news sources, political experts, and even Obama and Romney themselves, have twitter accounts.  There are no shortage of election updates.

"That's the crazy thing; you'd think it would be by the minute, or five or ten minutes.  But, it's by the second!!" Ali said.

Information is instant and it seems to be playing a bigger role in how young voters, or perhaps all voters, are deciding what is next for America. 

Not every student, of course, is staying informed about political candidates.  The point is there are definitely more tools available to help us connect in ways beyond TV, newspapers or political conventions. 

"I kind of ignore when people say, why don't you pay attention to them, because I hear what I need to hear and I know who stands for what," Logue said.

As we get updates on our laptops and phones, technology and social networking are updating the political process for many voters each and every day.

"I think that's the future as far as politics go, kind of getting in contact with the voters," Ali said.

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