What they say about young voters is trueVoted for the first time in the New Hampshire Republican Primary. Here's the quote I gave to The Exonian, Phillips Exeter Academy's school newspaper, about my experience:
My personal, significant disagreements on social values and policies eliminated most of the candidates for me. So I was left with three real options: Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. Between those three, Romney seemed to be the most experienced and the most prepared to take on the incumbent president.A bit of personal history: although this is the first time I voted, it is not I've ever been to the polls, and by no means the first time I've been civically engaged. For the last few elections -- that is, since I've been old enough to read anything of meaningful complexity -- my mom invited me to do the research for her. That is, look into the backgrounds and the proposals of the candidates and make a thoughtful recommendation as to for whom she should vote.
Yet when I went to the polls this afternoon in Exeter, it seemed as though I was the only person in the local public school gymnasium, which was serving as the polling center, without grey hair. A good 30 percent must have had canes.
So if my own anecdotal experiences are worth anything, it's that the relative disengagement of the youth vote has a whole lot to do with the passive attitudes of their parents towards this sort of thing.
Also, a friend alerted me to this (apparently satirical) perennial candidate. I did see him on the Democratic ballot.