Thoughts on the election results

This is perhaps the most significant story to come out of yesterday’s election, although it’s one that will likely get overlooked amongst the other more obvious implications of yesterday’s results.

Young voter turnout in a set of targeted precincts increased by an average of 50% over the 2002 election, and by as much as 111% in some precincts, according to an Election Night analysis by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), continuing a national trend of growing young voter participation that began in the 2004 election.

I’m waiting a little bit to see what the final analysis yields, but my gut says that this is the first wave of the internet generation. This turnout was driven by unprecedented ease of political engagement and access to information. And I’ll wager that for this generation, it all came from MySpace, Facebook, the blogosphere, YouTube and Google. I’ll also wager none watch CNN or listen to AM radio.

At the risk of overstatement: Politics just returned to the people.

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One Response to “Thoughts on the election results”

  1. J Says:

    Young people are the last-best hope for the nation. By the time most reach 35, they’re too invested in the system to stand on principle.

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