Young voters set positive example for everyone

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Getting teenagers excited about politics is a tough challenge. For most teens and young adults, the world of politics seems to be the realm of middle-aged “suits” whose concerns don’t trickle down to everyday lives.

Maybe that is changing in 2008.

If local voter registration records and anecdotal evidence are any indication, the 18 to 30 demographic is more than just “interested” in the upcoming presidential election. They’re involved.

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Students at Troy University held a mock election earlier this week, sparking discussion and debate among many first-time voters.

At high schools across Pike County, students who are just turning 18 are eager about the opportunity to vote in this election.

That’s refreshing. Adults often become jaded, even cynical, about the election process. Politics can seem a monster that’s taken on a life of its own, rather than a part of the process by which we govern the greatest democracy in the world.

Perhaps we should all follow the lead of the younger generation and realize that voting is not only our duty and responsibility, it’s a privilege to be treasured and appreciated.

And, each of our votes can make a difference.