Though political engagement among voters under 30 has waned since the 2008 election, you wouldn’t know it by the activity this fall at Tufts. Thanks to an undergraduate student-run organization championing the get-out-the-vote movement, some 1,000 new young voters registered, many of them first-time voters.
“Voting for the first time, it’s a great thing,” says Darien Headen, A15, from Philadelphia. “I have a say in this election. I can actually go into the polls and make a difference. It feels good.”
Caroline Kimball-Katz, A16, of Concord, Mass., says the “stark differences” between the two candidates for president has motivated her to vote. “People my age have the most at stake … in a presidential election especially.” She says she wants to be assured that the workforce she enters after graduation “is one shaped by the policies of a certain candidate.”
“I am really excited about casting my first vote,” adds Ali Rocchi, A14, of Fairfield, Conn. “It’s a big moment in my life and something I’ll remember forever.”
“I think it is important, because people fought and died for this cause to be able to vote, and I think that everyone should be voting,” says Yuri Chang, A13, of Northvale, N.J. “It is just part of being a citizen. Why not have a say in your government?”