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   This election cycle, I helped organize a group of students to volunteer for the Democratic Party in my town. I go to school at Juniata College, a small liberal arts school in Huntingdon, PA. It also happens to be one of the reddest areas of the state, yet through our campus organizing effort we were able to pull off a Democratic GOTV effort that was unprecedented for our town.
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Cross posted at For Our Future

The Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University recently released a report, funded by CRICLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), called Young Voter Mobilization Tactics. The report outlines what methods work in turning out young voters, arguing that method is more important than message, with an emphasis on face-to-face contact.

Alex Urevick over at MyDD outlines the argument that groups that work to increase general turnout may hurt Democrats in elections. He argues that the turnout methods described in this report are good, but the message is really what is important in getting out Democratic voters. I agree completely; we need to fund trained activists that know how to turn out voters with the progressive message.

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Tue Aug 08, 2006 at 09:03 PM PDT

Lamont's Victory and My Generation

by Kevin W

I'm currently twenty-one years old and about to enter my senior year of college, and most of my political life has been disappointment.

I think my first political memory is the presidential election of 2000. I was fifteen years and old and it was the first time I ever really paid attention to politics. I disliked Bush from the start, and I remember an incredible sinking feeling after that election that spun me into an awful zone of cynicism and anger at our political system.  Was that how democracy worked? Someone could steal the election through a lawsuit despite having fewer votes? Somehow it didn't quite fit in with all of those high school civics lessons.

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