ASHLAND, Ore., – Four years after young voters turned out at nearly historic levels in the previous presidential election, a new group of first-time voters are hoping to continue that spirit.
Students at Southern Oregon University watched Wednesday’s debate from their dorm rooms, friends’ houses, and the school library. Several students said the first televised debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Challenger Mitt Romney was an opportunity to see the two candidates’ viewpoints side-by-side.
“Obviously there’s two sides to everything,” said SOU Junior Kyla Boswell. “But it’s better to be informed than going on what you assume. Better to see the other side even if it’s not quite what you agree with.”
According to the Pew Agency, more than 20 million voters between the ages of 18 and 29 cast their ballots in 2008. It was the age group’s highest turnout since 1972.
Members of SOU’s Student Government will be providing students extra copies of the New York Times and USA Today Thursday morning to help students gain more perspective on what they heard during the debate.
“They will be able to consume that information and become aware and make those informed decisions in November,” said SOU Senior Robin Kigel.