Thats the vote from Susan Herbst, Professor of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, who says the influx of youngsters currently interested in the election is reminiscent of youth involvement in politics in the 1960s minus the raging protests.
Although its still early in the election, Herbst says young people are coming out in force, working for campaigns, rallying for their favorite candidates, and adding to the excitement.
But unlike the politically active youth of the 60s, todays youngsters are participating across the ideological spectrum, supporting both the Left and Right.
Herbst speculates that factors like the future of the environment are huge draws for youth participation, and students are starting to realize that if they want to secure their futures, they have to choose the right President.
But the major factor adding to the political buzz is the fact that theres no incumbent running in the race for the White House.
Herbst explains, We have the first African American candidate and the first woman running for President, so people are excited. Todays youth have been brought up in a diverse environment and theyre embracing the diversity of the candidates.
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