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The Youth Vote24:50
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photoThis year might be a record low for the number of 18-25 year olds hitting the polls.

Although volunteerism remains high for this age group, many Generation Ys are feeling apathetic and disenfranchised to the political system. With political platforms covering social security, Medicaid and prescription drugs, many of our youngest voters don't know where they fit in and are choosing to stay home on Election Day.

What's behind this phenomenon and what can be done to get our future leaders to the polls?

Guests:

Tom Patterson, Bradlee Professor for Government and the Press at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and author of "The Vanishing Voter: Public Involvement in an Age of Uncertainty"

Malia Lazu, Executive Director of Mass Vote.;Ryan Friedrichs, Graduate student of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Former Executive Director of the Youth Vote Coalition;

This program aired on October 22, 2002.

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