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Thousands of Iowa College Students to Rock the Caucus

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Thousands of Iowa College Students to Rock the Caucus

Despite hurdles, young Iowans rally to mobilize their peers

Today, 250 Iowa PIRG student leaders are calling, texting, and throwing Rock the Caucus parties at caucus locations across the state to rally thousands of their peers to turn out to vote. Despite the date of the caucuses and recent suggestions that some Iowa youth shouldn’t caucus, young Iowans are gearing up to participate in the nation’s first Presidential contest of 2008. "Thousands of my peers are mobilizing today - taking time off from work, driving hundreds sometimes even thousands of miles to get to their caucus locations. It may be winter break, but students are working overtime,” said Ryan Crane, a ‘Caucus Rock Star’ student leader with Iowa PIRG. Background on Iowa PIRG’s Rock the Caucus campaign. Background: Iowa Student Leaders Decry Calls for Disenfranchisement.

“Young people represent one-quarter of the U.S. electorate. We’re the generation that will be most affected by critical issues like global warming so we’re turning out tonight to make sure that the candidates pay attention to us and the issues that we care about the most,” said Ellynne Bannon, Director of Iowa PIRG’s New Voters Project.

The youth vote is critical to the Iowa caucuses. In 2004, youth represented nearly one-fifth of the total turnout in the Democrat caucus and the winning margin was just 6 percent. All indications are that the Iowa caucuses will be tight races and every vote will be crucial. In two of the past four Republican caucuses, when incumbents weren't running unopposed, the winner was decided by less than 3,000 votes.

Below is schedule of Rock the Caucus parties for the day and a partial list of Iowa PIRG’s New Voters Project spokespeople who will be on call for insight into the Iowa youth vote.

Caucus Night Schedule of Caucus Precinct Parties

Student volunteers with Iowa PIRG’s Rock the Caucus campaign will be at numerous student-heavy caucus locations throwing Rock the Caucus parties – with their peers, party hats, blow-horns, signs, and t shirts – rocking the caucuses and celebrating their vote. Caucus Rock Stars - student leaders who have been working to mobilize their peers to participate in the caucuses will be available for interviews at the caucus parties.

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Ellynne Bannon is the director of Student PIRGs' New Voters Project.

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