Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Big' Issues Aren't Tops with Youth

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Big' Issues Aren't Tops with Youth

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Want to motivate young voters? Then forget politics as usual and look at the issues that hit them closest to home, says Alison Byrne Fields, campaign director at Rock the Vote, a non-partisan group whose aim is to get young people politically involved.

"I think the idea that young people aren't interested in politics has a lot to do with the idea of what they perceive politics as being. They don't have an interest in that kind of personality-driven thing -- he said, she said -- and the two major parties have come to mean nothing to them."

Some issues that could motivate young people, Fields said, include how to pay for college, how old you need to be to get a driver's license, and how to get more computers in school.

They're not necessarily the biggest issues. But they resonate.

For an example, just look at Austin Cassidy, a senior at Hilliard Senior-Middle School who's running for school superintendent in Nassau County, where superintendents are elected by the public. …

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