Walking through the halls of Skyline High School is a true experience during an election year. Interspersed with the usual talk about clothes, boyfriends, and homework (that can be expected of any typical high school) is buzz about Obama winning another state, and whether Hillary can make a “comeback.”
It has been seen in recent elections that the youth are not a demographic to be overlooked. Just noticing my fellow students and observing their level of awareness is enough to make me truly believe this. Many high schoolers will turn eighteen before November, and some are eligible voters already. In fact I had several classmates vote in the California Primary and many more who plan to vote in the General Election. Even my sister, who will not be living in the United States during the election plans on sending in an absentee ballot.
So my question is this, what is it about the 2008 Presidential Election that is causing such a spark in interest? I have heard many theories answering this question, and I am very curious to see what parents, teachers, and students think. Probably the most interesting theory I have heard is that with the ongoing Writer’s Strike in Hollywood, the election has replaced T.V. shows as a major source of entertainment. In a sense, I could say this is probably true, at least for many teens.
Another, and perhaps more valid, theory is that this election is shaping up to be the most radical in this nation’s history to date and the youth are eager to be a part of it. It is a very real possibility that the the people of the United States will elect their first woman president or their first African-American president, and as a teenager growing up in this time of change, I for one am unbelievably excited.