User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


63° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Politics

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

First-Time Voters Eager For Debate

October 3, 2012, 10:00 PM by Kelly Bartnick

First-Time Voters Eager For Debate
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The basement room of an Augustana College dorm is the temporary home for a group of first-time voters still trying to decide which Presidential candidate to choose come November.

“This is actually my break from homework,” Augustana College senior Lauren Broadwell said. “I like this kind of stuff.”

This is the next generation of political junkies, the difference here is they call themselves non-partisan, for now.

“You can tell who likes who, but we never go after each other,” freshman Jesse Nelson said.

Nelson joined the Augustana C.O.U.P.S. group watching the debate Wednesday evening. The group is made up of Political Science students who like to talk politics.

“I want to hear how they view the role of government in this country and the direction they want to take the country as it relates to the role of government because that's the fundamental question at the base of this election,” Nelson said.

“As a voter, trying to get educated on the issues, I wish it was less combative,” Broadwell said.

Neither Broadwell nor Nelson could vote during the last Presidential contest. The youth base may not be fired up as much this time as it was in 2008, but Broadwell says they're still paying attention.

“And I've heard people in the cafeteria and commons discussing issues and clubs are talking so everyone has been trying to understand it,” Broadwell said.

Even cloaked by the safety net of college, the issues are still important here. If things like jobs and the economy don’t affect them now, the students know the issues soon will be important.

“I’m specifically interested in what the candidates are talking about and they care and want to listen,” Nelson said.

“I really hope our youth base has a good voice because we need it,” Broadwell said.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

Rep. Noem Headed To Asia

4/18/2014 4:37 AM

Republican Rep. Kristi Noem is headed to Asia with several other members of Congress. She's one of eight Republicans and one Democrat in a grou...

Full Story
Rounds Raises About $724K In 1Q, Has $1M On Hand

4/21/2014 1:43 PM

Former Gov. Mike Rounds raised about $724,000 during the first three months of 2014 for his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat.

Full Story
SD Board OKs Studies On Roads, Wine Distribution

4/23/2014 12:54 PM

A South Dakota legislative board has approved two summer study committees on topics that will likely lead to proposed legislation during the 2015 sess...

Full Story
Legislative Leaders Push For Adjournment

4/20/2014 3:02 PM

Legislative leaders say they could end the session this week despite disagreements over budget bills and Gov. Terry Branstad's policy priorities.

Full Story
IA Senate Renews Effort To Legalize Medical Marijuana

4/23/2014 2:49 PM

A renewed effort to legalize the use of marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy has won the support of a legislative panel.

Full Story


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED