As another election year creeps upon us campaign managers clasp their hands while brainstorming which voters they need to target. Unions, lobbyists, and the blue hairs are but a few of the many groups a candidate attempts to woo in order to secure votes. Every election year the media tries to sell us a story that those running for the highest office in the land really want to secure the youth vote. Yes they would have you believe that politicians really give a good shit about what young people think even though they make little attempt to go to the polls.
I've been voting since I was 18. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because I'm a civic minded individual or better yet I'd like to believe I matter. I can cast my vote in the ballot box and say "Huzzah to all you who said I have a small member".
Seriously I like taking a part in the process no matter how insignificant it may be, but I find some of the attempts to woo me into voting laughable at best and insulting at worst. Whether it be Clinton playing a saxophone on Arsenio or P Diddy, Puff Daddy, or whatever the hell his stupid name is telling me my life is dependant on using a butterfly ballot I sometimes believe such tactics actually make young people turn away from voting. Instead of treating the nation's youth as adults, which technically they are, they're efforts often demean them.
Most people my age choose not to participate in politics and sometimes I can't fault them too much. It's easy to become cynical about the process especially when you live in a state where you clearly know how the electorate will swing. Sad really considering people put their blinders on and think that the Presidential election is the only one that matters, but it's the most dramatic and if reality television taught us anything is that the public loves manufactured drama.
I wish more people would go out and vote and not just leave it to the geriatrics who care only about their social security and reruns of Mattlock. Still until they reward voters with lap dances from Elisha Cuthbert our youth will continue to be misrepresented.
"I don't ever want to be doing the same sort of thing, I never want to be typecast, because I have way too much to give to be sort of, to always be the hot chick in the movie." - Elisha Cuthbert
Reaching Out Early for the Youth Vote