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Young Voters Talk Lack Of Election Excitement

October 29, 2012, 10:39 PM by Brady Mallory

Young Voters Talk Lack Of Election Excitement

It will be just the second time Augustana senior Allison Nass gets to vote, but she is already over it.

"I feel like my vote won't change a lot.  There are some things I take strong stands on.  I do want to make sure my vote is included," Nass said.

It is not that Nass, a nursing major, or her friends are not interested in the election and voting.  However, she said there is a big difference about how young voters view this election versus the election in 2008.  Some students said the candidates just are not as exciting or creating as much hype. 

According to a Gallup poll, 58 percent of registered voters 18 to 29 say they will "definitely vote" this fall.  That is 20 percent less than in 2008.  19-year-old Quinn Jacobs says a lot of that has to do with President Barack Obama.

"Obama was kind of new.  Unlike any other candidate had seen up until then.  He just had this energy," Quinn Jacobs said.

Jacobs, an English major, said four years in the White House may be Obama's biggest drawback. 

"I think it's our fault, really.  All politicians make promises, and he did, but people thought he could change the world," Jacobs said.

Nass says both Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have good qualities, but says the buzz words like "hope" and "change" aren't as influential this time around.

"With this election, I don't feel like there is that campaign.  We're not going to change things as much as we're going to keep working on this economy and working on that budgeting," Nass said.

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