Younger voters still excited in 2010

With campaign ads streaming through every media outlet, it is hard for a "plugged-in" crowd to miss the hype. For the last week, the question many people ask is "Are you ready to vote?" For many college students the answer is yes.

Walking around the University of South Florida, political signs can be found outside buildings and in student's dorm windows. The ferver may not be as high as when the Presidential election was happening, but excitement is still in the air.

"Americans will make a statement to Washington D.C. that this is still a government of the people, by the people, for the people, and if they forget that the people will fire them as it is their right and duty to do so," said J.T. Williams, a student at USF.

As I sat in my Telecommunications class last week, my professor asks the class who is going to vote. About 80 percent of the class raised their hands. She smiles and excitedly said "I look forward to seeing everyone wearing their I voted sticker."

I walk into work today I am greeted by a cheerful hello and "Are you excited about voting?" Even at work, the excitement of voting can be found among my fellow college student co-workers.

Facebook status' have been updated and profile pictures have changed. College students are showing their support for their favorite politicians in a variety of mediums.

Students are even posting links to websites like in order to help others in the voting process. Motivational links like are being posted as well in order to encourage those people that are less than excited about voting.

"This is just the beginning. We have a long road ahead of us to cleaning up D.C.," said TJ Riordan, a student at USF.

Facebook groups have also been created by candidates and students alike in order to reach a broad audience and show support. Freedom of speech is being used to the fullest and technology is propelling it to a new height.

It appears that "young people" are still interested and excited about voting. They are ready to make a difference.


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