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Politicians still looking for young vote

July 30, 2004

Albany- It's a theme you hear almost every election season . How to get more young voters to the polls.

Most of the students in a classroom at Albany State University raised their hands Friday afternoon when asked if they were registered voters.

But some say they understand why young people don't feel important in elections.

"The political commercials are never targeted toward the college student," said Michael Ogunsusi, a 21-year-old nursing student. "The college student can be a very large base for politicians."

The ones who always vote say they were influenced by their parents.

"My parents always stressed the importance of voting because they always emphasized that it's the every day people and their vote that makes the difference," said Mandy Brown, a 23-year-old nursing student.

In the 1998 General Election, less than 19 percent of registered voters between the ages of 18 and 24 actually voted.

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