Panama City - There are more than 300-thousand college students in Florida and many of them won’t vote Tuesday. Voter turnout groups are trying to rally students to the polls. Technology may be key to reaching 18 to 29 year old voters.
FSU Sophomore Lizzie Solonari spent Monday asking her classmates to vote. She mostly got nos and Apathetic stares, but a few students signed a pledge promising to vote on Election Day.
FSU Grad Student Stephen Oleszek will be at his precienct Tuesday.
“You have an obligation and that is to get out and vote. That’s really part of who you are as an American.”
Joshua Childs, FSU Undergrad, says you have to vote. “If we want to be able to make our voice heard we have to start voting.”
About 100 students promised to vote. They signed pledges complete with their cell phone numbers. FSU Public Interest Research Group sponsored the voter turnout drive and will send text messages reminders to students.
Lizzie Solonari, a member of PIRG, says the messages increase the likelihood that a student will vote by four percent. “Obviously text messaging is really popular for young voters. Young people in general so it’s an effective tool for contacting the young voters and getting the message across.”
Young people voted in record numbers in 2008, helping deliver the White House to President Barack Obama, but appetites are changing and midterm elections are generally not as popular or inspiring as Presidential Elections.
Many college students think they can’t vote in their college town because they are registered in their hometown, but if you are registered anywhere in Florida you can update your address at the polls on Election Day before casting a ballot.