One of the key factors in Barack Obama's victory was his focus on the so-called "youth vote." His campaign workers and volunteers mounted big registration drives and used new media to network with young people.
It worked. There was a record turnout among voters aged 18 to 29, and they voted by more than two-to-one for Obama over John McCain.
The sense of engagement has also spread to Americans so young they're not even allowed to vote yet.
We visited three local schools to hear what those future voters are saying about President-elect Barack Obama.WBUR's Deb Becker, Sarah Bush, and Andrea Shea contributed to this report.
This program aired on November 6, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.