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College Dems VP Says Voter Apathy “a Mystery”

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This week officials from the College Democrats at UCF and Central Florida students provided some answers concerning the results of the 2010 midterm election. Unsurprisingly, this November election saw a lack of participation on the part of the 18 to 29 demographic. The 2006 midterm election saw 23 percent of young people heading to the polls and 2010 had smaller voter turnout at 20 percent. Roberto Berrios is the Vice President of the College Democrats at the University of Central Florida. He gave his thoughts on a variety of political issues including the reason for Republican gains in the house this year and political apathy on the part of college students.  

According to Berrios, the results of this midterm election were “sobering” from the democratic perspective. The Republican party made major gains in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. In the opinion of the College Democrats Vice President the lack of the youth vote certainly hurt the democrats this year.

The College Democrats at UCF were heavily involved in getting people registered to vote leading up to this years midterm election. Berrios stated his organization registered  between 2,500 and 3,000 people through group rallies and van drives. The University hosted visits for democratic senate candidate Kendrick Meek and former United States President Bill Clinton. With all the events and fanfare leading up to this election it begs the question, Why didn’t young people come out to vote? Roberto Berrios couldn’t give a definitive answer stating at times it remains a mystery. Berrios did say there seems to be a lack of clear communication between politicians and the electorate. This inability for politicians to relate to their constituents is worse for the younger generation. However it is important for young people to recognize the good work their government is doing and be a part of the political process nonetheless.

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Written by ArthurVolpe

November 17, 2010 at 11:10 pm

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