On November 4, 2008, more young people voted than in any election in U.S. history.
Read on for more about what happened on Election Day, a wrap-up of Rock the Vote’s 2008 campaign, and info on what we’ve got planned next.
11.04.08: Record Number of Young Voters!On November 4th, 2008, young people proved their power at the polls with strong turnout. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE):
According to exit polls, 18-29 year olds were a larger portion of the electorate (18%) than voters 65 and older (16%) for the first time in twenty years, and they voted heavily in favor of Barack Obama for president (66% to 32%). Both their numbers and ballot choices had a significant impact on the election, particularly in tight states like North Carolina and Indiana.
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We’re not the only ones that have noticed this youth movement. Check out just a few of the news stories about the 2008 youth vote:
MSNBC: Young voter turnout likely sets new record
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Politico: Obama has historic youth mandate
U.S. News and World Report: Young voters powered Obama’s victory while shrugging off slacker image The 2008 Campaign: RTV-Style
Rock the Vote ran a historic campaign to engage young people in the political process this year, and it paid off. We used the latest technology and person-to-person contact to mobilize hundreds of thousands of voters and more than 700 volunteers around the country. Millions visited our website, attended our rallies, received our text messages, and volunteered with our Street Teams - and on Election Day, they voted.
It's hard to sum up in words all that went into making 2008 a record year for young voters - so check out photos, videos, and stories from 2008, collected throughout the year and on Election Day:
November 4, 2008 was just the beginning. Young people are changing the future and the face of our democracy.
For eighteen years, Rock the Vote has promised that young people would reward elected officials and candidates for public office with their support on Election Day if they were reached out to in a sustained, substantive, and authentic way. President-elect Obama responded to young people’s concerns and found them on the Internet, engaged them through text messaging and technology, and devoted resources and time to earn their trust.
This is a transformative moment. Research shows that once people register and vote for the first time, they become active members of the electorate for the rest of their lives. The same people who elected President-elect Obama will now ensure that he has the support to make the real changes so many of us have been calling for. And in the future, public officials who overlook young voters as a bloc will do so at their own peril.
Young people changed our country and politics forever. Rock the Vote will keep changing it with them. We'll be kicking off 2009 with an Inauguration bash that will put the political world on notice about the power of the Millennial Generation. Stay tuned for our upcoming plans, from efforts to simplify the voter registration process to organizing for change on the issues that matter most to young people - we'll need each and every one of you to make them happen and continue this youth movement for real progressive change in America.About Rock the Vote
Rock the Vote's mission is to build the political clout and engagement of young people in order to achieve progressive change in our country. Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture, and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register and vote in every election. We give young people the tools to identify, learn about, and take action on the issues that affect their lives and leverage their power in the political process. Rock the Vote is creative, effective, and controlled by nobody's agenda but our own. We tell it like it is and pride ourselves on being a trusted source for information on politics. We empower the 44 million young people in America who want to step up, claim their voice in the political process, and change the way politics is done.
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