Youth Rock the Vote in Droves

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From the looks of it, young voters are turning out in record numbers for Tuesday's historic election.

The number of voters under 30 in the 2008 primaries and caucuses is nearly twice what it was eight years ago, according to the L.A. Times.

At Virginia Tech's campus, over 700 voters stood in line - and still more youth continue to swarm the polls.

"The long lines in Blacksburg clearly illustrate how important the issues at stake in this election are to young voters," said Tom Owens, a Virginia Power Vote organizer in Blacksburg.

"Every one of the hundreds of people currently waiting in line are excited to cast a vote about the issues that matter most to them like clean energy and the economy," he said.

The story was the same at George Mason University a long lines of pajama-wearing undergraduates piled into line before dawn Tuesday to cast their votes.

"It's kind of like Christmas Day; everyone's abuzz with it," said 18-year-old Lindsey Denny, who burned the midnight oil to finish a school assignment.

"At some point last night I just put a Post-it note over my clock because it didn't matter anymore," she told the Times. "I was going to vote no matter what time I went to bed -- even if I didn't go to bed."

According to the polls, the youth vote leaned heavily in favor of Democratic candidate Barack Obama in a 2-1 margin.

But McCain has also captured his share of young voters, with well over a third of Caucasian youth casting a vote for the Arizona senator.

In total, the under 30 crowd comprises roughly 17 percent of the electorate.

Sources: The L.A. Times, The Associated Press, Rock the Vote

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