Whenever India goes to the polls the world takes notice. Some of the wonder is just about the sheer mind boggling scale of it. The election going on right now from April 7th until May 12th for example will involve 930,000 polling stations across India.
In 2008, 18- to 29-year-olds voted in record numbers. Turnout this election was expected to be way down among that age group – a voting bloc known as the Millennials – but their numbers were on par with four years ago. Mitt Romney received 37 percent support from young people, about 7 points higher than John McCain, and Barack Obama clinched 60 percent of the youth vote this time around.
Felicia Sullivan is a researcher at CIRCLE, the premier polling organization tracking youth and politics. She was pleasantly surprised as the polling numbers started coming in.
If you haven’t yet registered to vote, today is your last chance to do so! You must register by midnight tonight in order to vote in the November 6 election.
You can register for the first time, update your registration, or sign up to vote by mail at the California Voter Registration website. If you are submitting a voter registration application by mail, it must be postmarked with today’s date – or you can hand it in to your local elections office in person.