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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

 

The Youth Vote

Roanoke Times, 10/1/08, Pg 1 & 9: Hungry for change at VT.
Radford voter registration issues.
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Not found: Ohio simultaneous register-vote this week with no opportunity to validate the legality of the registration.
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The overwhelming front page expose about VT student voting is clearly a free ad for Obama and should carry his footer “I’m Obama and I approve the Roanoke Times”.
Even the pictures of students involved are amazingly biased and slanted.
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The two key issues with youth voting that are conspicuously avoided are:
1) Where is their legal residence? Usually a person’s driver’s license is the basis for residency. Apparently current convention is that you live where you say you live.
2) Most young college voters (18 – 21) have not held an ongoing job and therefore have no appreciation for the tax burden on working taxpayers. After many of these early voters are in the work force for awhile they will have a much better understanding of the cost of government and the trade-offs of politics.
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My first vote was at 21. I had had very significant summer jobs during college and was very aware of what “deducts” are all about. I was in the Army and voted military-absentee-ballot.
It’s easy to remember because it was the election in which Daley’s Chicago and LBJ’s Texas “delivered” the election to JFK the day after.
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A very interesting perspective about the maturity of college age folks involves the national minimum drinking age. Apparently all 50 states and the national government agree that young people are not responsible enough to drink until 21. It’s interesting that people would think that they’re responsible enough to select a president at 18!
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