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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Youth vote way up in Ohio, Texas

Nearly 84 percent more Ohioans under the age of 30 turned out for Tuesday's primary election than did so during the 2000 primary election, according to a non-partisan analysis of exit polls.

The analysis by the non-profit Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at the University of Maryland also found that the turnout of Texans under 30 more than trebled since 2000.

Statewide, Ohio's primary turnout of all voters was about 45 percent, up 12 percent from the March 2004 primary election and 10 percent from March 2000.

“In an unpredictable primary season, the one constant has remained the rising youth vote,” said Sujatha Jahagirdar, director of Student Public Interest Research Group's New Voters Project, the nation's largest youth voter mobilization program.

Exit polls also found voters under 30 typically favored Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary Clinton.

A total of 259,960 Ohioans under 30 voted in the 2000 primary, according to CIRCLE. An estimated 479,418 Ohioans under 30 voted in Ohio on Tuesday, the analysis found.

Among young Ohio Democrats, 16 percent turned out for Tuesday's primary election compared to 10 percent of those Democrats under 30 in 2004. Whole numbers of under-30 voters for the Democratic primary were not immediately available, Jahagirdar said.

In Texas, 172,228 voters under 30 turned out in 2000 compared to an estimated 620,384 yesterday. 2004 figures were not available for Texas.

Jahagirdar said Student PIRG paired "old fashioned pavement-pounding with technology to link up with the increasingly wired world of the young voter. . . From ‘bring your own phone’ phone banks to classroom ‘text out the vote’ announcements to tables set up on campus quads, student leaders recruited and trained by the project have engaged young voters in more than 20 states this primary season."


at 3:48 PM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

the GOP isn't just gong to lose it is going out of business financially as well as intellectually bankrupt.

at 6:06 PM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain: McSame as Bush

at 6:35 PM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's the media outrage about the lack of ballots or things happening at the polls yesterday? How come it was criminal in 2004 and 2006 but ok now? HMMMM....media bias, perhaps??? This whole things would be a moot point if people could get ONE ballot with ALL the candidates from ALL the parties on it, instead of having to vote by party line. That is and always has been ridiculous.

at 8:32 PM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahaha. So much for change. The Obammmites got B**** slapped back into their seats by the Demorat party regulars. Thank Teddy Strictland and John Glenn for popping the bubble.

at 9:13 PM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The right-wing media won't tell you another reason for the record turnout: without the Repugnicants in charge, voters knew their votes would actually be fairly counted this time.

at 10:18 PM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Mr Craig. Could you get some numbers on % of provisionals outstanding. There were rumors that college students who voted provisional weren't informed that they have 10 days to go w id to the BOE. Was this a big issue? It seems that TX Dems under 30 increased at a much larger rate than OH Dems under 30.

at 10:57 PM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 6:35

You're officially an idiot. Do you even know what a primary election is for?

at 12:16 AM, March 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


"Just like Bill says: Hillary never goes down without a fight" - Jimmy Kimmel

at 2:54 PM, March 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not suprised the kids went with Hussein. All that mandatory public school liberal indoctrination pays off for him big time.

at 2:55 PM, March 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't vote Democrat when you're young, you don't have a heart.

If you don't vote Republican when you're older, you don't have a brain.

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