General Election 2012

Have NC's young voters given up?

It sure seems that way:

seniors over age 65 outnumbered young voters ages 18 to 25 in all but four counties with major universities – Orange, Watauga, Pitt and Durham. Young voters had the lowest participation rate of any age group, except in college counties like Jackson, Pasquotank, Scotland and Guilford and in several eastern counties where African Americans are the majority of voters, including Hertford, Northampton, Bertie and Edgecombe.

This goes a long way towards explaining why politicians who try to drag us back to the 1950's seem to keep getting elected. For those of you deeply involved in NCDP organizing, when's the last time you saw a 20 year-old at a precinct/county/whatever meeting? And when's the last time somebody at one of those meetings thought that missing young person was a problem?

NC's increasing urban-rural divide

Voting against their best interests:

Carter won more than two-thirds of the 428 Appalachian counties in 1976, and Clinton won close to half (see chart below). In this election, the region was unkind to Obama; he won only 7% of Appalachian counties in his successful reelection bid last week.

It's probably not surprising to many reading this, but as a region, Appalachia has the highest rate of food stamp enrollment, at a whopping 21.9%. And that's in spite of a widespread refusal by eligible people to take part. And this is what the GOP is trying to do:

Early voting open thread

Something to talk about while waiting in line:

Protect the right to vote -- volunteer for Common Cause

From Jane Pinsky earlier today on FB:

Several non-partisan groups are looking for people to volunteer to be poll monitors, i.e. to make sure no voter is turned away at a polling place or not given the correct answer to a question. It will probably start with early voting on October 18th and stretch through election day. There will be training for all poll monitors and assistance just a phone call away.

You could work as little as two hours a day for a few days during early voting - or 6 or 8 hours on election day. And you will feel good because you have helped other citizens cast their ballots.

if you are interested contact Bob Phillips at Common Cause North Carolina - ASAP

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