Voter Turnout Among the Youth of Alexandria


I, like many of my fellow students at my high school, may vote for the first time in this election; and I find myself wondering how many of us actually will. What, in your opinion is, the most effective way to bring the youth back into the political sphere and increase their ever low voting percentages?


Youth Voting

The number one thing we have already done in Alexandria is to move the Council Election to November, when people expect to vote, and will already be turning out for other elections.  It will probably be 5 to 6 times as many people who voted in the last City Council election in 2009, which was in May.  Second way we have gotten youth involved is to hold a Primary, where the nomination of Democratic candidates takes place like a regular election in every precinct.  I have pushed for a primary for the last two elections, and because of the move of the election to November it was overwhelmingly supported, as it coincided with an already scheduled primary.  This will increase particiaption in the nomination process from a couple thosand to 12,000 at least.  Lastly is outreach, which we should be doing more of with TC Graduates and NVCC studens to remind them of the importance of voting and how it affects them.  Boyd Walker

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